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Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Georgia Southern offers program options to develop teaching skills and knowledge to better serve the growing culturally and linguistically diverse student population in the state and nation. 

In the state of Georgia, Hispanic students now account for 17.1% of the student population with 288,693 total students currently enrolled in Georgia’s public school system. Another growing population includes Asian-American students who account for 4.5% of the total population with 75,946 K-12 students enrolled in the state. (Information from GADOE)

Georgia educates the eighth-highest number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the Nation. Spanish is the most common home language for ELLs, followed by Vietnamese, Chinese and Arabic. (Information from GBPI)

Are you ready to better meet the needs of all your students?

  • Undergraduate or graduate students can earn an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement. Offered as a three-course series that can be added to an initial or advanced teaching certificate, the ESOL Endorsement will advance teacher methodology in cultural diversity, applied linguistics and language development.
  • Teachers can advance their knowledge of ELLs and diverse learners while upgrading their teaching certificate with an M.Ed. in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (TCLD/ESOL). This degree includes the graduate-level ESOL Endorsement classes embedded in the program as well as six additional courses focused on immigration, educational research, policy, literacy and culturally relevant pedagogy.