Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A.T. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Concentration



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The TESOL M.A.T. program is a 33-hour full-time cohort (team) based program starting in May and continuing through August of the following year. In addition to coursework, students complete a one-semester internship and one semester of student-teaching in designated K-12 schools. Graduates earn a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in TESOL and are recommended for licensure to teach ESL in grades K-12. Our mission is to prepare educators to work with English learners in both local and global instructional settings. Graduates from the program are prepared with professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions through ongoing critical reflections and field experiences in school and community settings.

With funding from a National Professional Development grant, program applicants may be eligible to receive full tuition support to complete the TESOL M.A.T. program. To learn about this opportunity, visit the Project Ignite (Innovation to Grow, Nurture, and Inspire Teachers of English-learners) site. Take a quick Self-Assessment to see which TESOL program might be the best fit for your career goals.

Program Distinctions

The UNC Greensboro School of Education was named one of the 2022 “Top Graduate Schools of Education” by the U.S. News & World Report.

The Student Experience

  • Through the coursework and field experience, teacher candidates have the opportunity to apply their learning in K-12 classrooms.
  • Additional instructional opportunities will also be provided for those interested in working in community-based instructional settings.
  • Sample courses include Classroom Language Assessment, Applied Linguistics for ESL Teachers, and Educational Psychology and Differentiated Instruction.

After Graduation

Graduates of the program are prepared for successful careers as K-12 Teachers and English instructors at community colleges and language institutes.

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice. As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the initial teaching license. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. Licensure Reciprocity Information

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