Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students M.Ed.

Degree Requirements: 36 Credit Hours

Certificate Upgrade Information: An educator who holds a level four Georgia teaching certificate in ESOL will qualify for a level five certificate upgrade upon successful completion of all program requirements. (See catalog section on Certification).

Admission Requirements 


  1. Complete requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a Professional Level Four Certificate in the state of Georgia or its equivalent in other states. OR Possess or be eligible for a Standard Professional Administrative Certificate or its equivalent in other states.
  3. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  4. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  5. Successfully complete TCLD 4231  or TCLD 6231 Cultural Diversity & ESOL/TCLD or its equivalent.
  6. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability


Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional degree candidates must earn grades of “B” or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

Credit Hours
Prerequisite for Admission
Cultural Diversity and ESOL/TCLD
Certificate in TCLD Requirements15
Understanding Diverse Students through Case Study 3
Multicultural Education 3
Regional Issues In Multicultural Education 3
Applied Linguistics for ESOL/TCLD
Methods for Teaching ESOL/TCLD
Professional Education Core Requirements6
Learning Theories and Applications
Educational Research
M.Ed. in TCLD Specific Requirements15
Teaching Literacy with English Learners 4
Critical Issues in Literacy Education with Diverse Populations
Language Policy and Politics in Education
Globalization, Immigration, and Teaching ELLs
Special Education-ELL Interface & Assessment
Advanced ELL & Bilingual Teaching Methods
Total Credit Hours36
Other Program Requirement

Successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.


Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education
Dr. Alisa Leckie
P.O.Box 8134
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-5236
Fax: (912) 478-0026