Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.): Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


The KSU TESOL program allowed me to become a certified ESOL teacher. With a MAT degree, Program Overview

Rated overall #5 by Online Master’s DegreThe Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a degree for those with a bachelor’s degree, but no education background or teacher certification. Successful completion of program coursework and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) approved content pedagogy assessment, qualifies graduates for initial teaching certification.

The MAT TESOL focuses on teaching P-12 students with varying social, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds.  Core courses include curriculum development, collaborative practices, and content area reading and writing.

Teachers who currently hold a valid teaching certificate, and who are interested in a TESOL master's degree program, should go to the TESOL M.Ed. website located here.

How long will it take to complete?
Students complete the 36 credit hours of course work over a period of approximately 4-7 semesters (including courses in the summer). The final two semesters include intensive field placements within schools.

Program of Study

Summer I
INED 7781: Cultural Issues for ESOL Teachers (3 credit hours)
EDUC 6240: Psychological Foundations of Education (3 credit hours)

Fall I
INED 7782: Applied Linguistics for ESOL Teachers (3 credit hours)
INED 7783: Methods and Materials for Teaching ESOL (3 credit hours)

Spring I
INED 7779: Collaborative Practices with Families, Schools & Communities (3 credit hours)
INED 7787: Content Area Reading and Writing for English Learners (3 credit hours)

Summer II
INED 7750: Language, Power and Pedagogy (3 credit hours)
INED 7763: Curriculum Development for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credit hours)

Fall II
EDUC 6610: Introduction to Yearlong Clinical Experience (F2F) (0 credit hours)
INED 6650: TESOL Yearlong Clinical Experience I (F2F) (3 credit hours)
INED 6400: Effectively Supporting Students with Exceptionalities in Inclusive Settings (3 credit hours)

Spring II
INED 6660: TESOL Yearlong Clinical Experience II (F2F) (3 credit hours)

TOTAL 36 Credit Hours

Program Admission Requirements

Must possess the following beyond the general KSU Graduate College Admission Requirements:  

  • Degree – Bachelor’s degree.
  • Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment – Uploaded to graduate application. Information may be found on the GACE Ethics website.  You may print a copy of your completion certification from the GACE Ethics test taker website.
  • Professional Resume – Uploaded to graduate application.  Should document education, any teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities.
  • Reference Forms – Forms and their directions are in the online graduate application. Please do not submit letters of recommendation. Only the forms completed via the graduate application will be accepted. These two forms of recommendation must come from an educational professional or someone who can attest to your abilities to become a successful educator.
  • Professional Reflections Statement – Uploaded to graduate application.  Should be 1-2 pages and explain what has led to your decision to become an educator. . 

* Please note: International Students (Visa and Green Card Holders) Please visit KSU’s International Graduate Admissions site for additional requirements. Additionally, KSU’s International Student and Scholar Services provides assistance. 


Enrolls Summer - May 1 deadline

Contact Us

For more information about this program please email Dr. Jayoung Choi at