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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, TCLD/ESOL (ONLINE)

About the Program

Format: Online
Credit Hours: 39
Entry Terms: Spring

A fully online program, the Master of Education in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (TCLD) will enable candidates:

  • to develop cultural and linguistic responsitivity which acknowledges that teaching and learning are inextricably embedded in students’ language, culture, and identities.
  • to design and implement instructional practices and models of advancing students’ linguistic, cultural, and academic identities in public school classrooms.
  • to acknowledge students’ home cultures and languages not as deficits, disadvantages, or problems but rather as resources to be leveraged for academic learning and mainstream cultural success.

The program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and meets the PSC’s certificate upgrade requirements.

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Admission Requirements

  1. Complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent at a recognized international university (see Graduate Admissions for international students).
  2. Teaching certification is not required for admission. A teaching certificate and/or professional experience working with historically underrepresented populations is strongly preferred. Candidates who possess a Georgia level four teaching certificate in an eligible concentration area will qualify for a level five certificate upgrade upon program completion. This program will not certify candidates to teach in the state of Georgia.
  3. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  4. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, 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 students 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.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (



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*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Program Contact Information

Graduate Academic Services Center

Last updated: 1/12/2024