Program Overview

The 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 a passing score on edTPA, 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 who are culturally and linguistically diverse. 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.

Program of Study

Professional Sequence (12 Credit Hours)
  • INED 6410: Foundations and Historical Perspectives in Special Education
  • EDUC 6250: Learning About Learners
  • EDUC 6255: Teaching Learners
  • ITEC 6200: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age)
  • INED 6411: A Strength-Based Perspective of Students with Exceptionalities
  • INED 6412: Effective Instruction for Students with Exceptionalities
Teaching Field – ESOL (33 Credit Hours)
  • INED 7781: Cultural Issues for ESOL Teachers
  • INED 7782: Applied Linguistics for ESOL Teachers
  • INED 7783: Methods and Materials for Teaching ESOL
  • INED 7778: Language Development and Literacy for English Learners
  • INED 7731: Assessment of English Language Learners
  • INED 7750: Language, Power and Pedagogy
  • INED 7787: Content Area Reading and Writing for English Learners
  • INED 7763: Curriculum Development for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
  • INED 6650: TESOL Yearlong Clinical Experience I
  • INED 6660: TESOL Yearlong Clinical Experience II
  • INED 7779: Collaborative Practices with Families, Schools & Communities

TOTAL 48 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

  1. Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  2. Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution.
  3. GRE Score Report – Request that your scores be sent to KSU - OR- Millers Analogy Test (MAT) – Request official score report be sent directly to KSU.
  4. May be exempt with an advanced degree from an accredited institution
  5. GACE Program Admissions Test -- Reading, Writing, and Math. Request official score report be sent directly to KSU.  More info on GACE testing can be found at: http://gace.ets.org
  6. Georgia Educator Ethics Entry Assessment -- More info can be found at www.gace.ets.org/ethics
  7. GaPSC Application for Pre-Service Certification – Information and Application can be found at: http://bagwell.kennesaw.edu/units/ess/resources/pre-service-certification
  8. Personal Statement - Your statement can be uploaded into the online application. The statement should be 1-2 pages and address your professional training and interests, the nature of your professional experiences, reasons for wanting to teach English learners, and specific issues you plan to address during the pursuit of your Master’s degree.
  9. Personal Resume - Your resume is to uploaded into the online application. It should document education, teaching experience, community service, and your record of leadership.
  10. Two Letters of Recommendation - Can be sent electronically through the online application. Recommendations should be from sources that can address your success in teaching, commitment to English learners, and/or ability for success in graduate study and commitment to student achievement.
  11. Interview - A personal, phone or SKYPE interview may be required. Candidates will be contacted by the Program Coordinator if an interview is needed.

* Please note: International Students (Visa and Green Card Holders) should visit KSU's International Graduate Admissions site for additional requirements.

How do I Apply



April 1 for summer admission consideration

Contact Us

For more information please contact (470) 578-6043 or Email us at GradEd@kennesaw.edu