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COE to offer new master’s degree that focuses on teaching diverse student populations

As educators in the Southeast are seeing a trend of increased English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classrooms, faculty of Georgia Southern’s College of Education created a degree program that addresses appropriate pedagogical practices for the needs of this growing diverse student body. Coming Fall 2017, the Masters of Education in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (M.Ed. TCLD) degree program will offer candidates in-depth regional knowledge about diverse student populations and advanced understandings of teaching models for serving students with varying cultures and languages. The M.Ed. TCLD degree program includes a three-course ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Endorsement and a three course TCLD Graduate Certificate within the curriculum requirements.

Current educators or recent graduates of an initial certification degree program are primary candidates for this degree, as it will provide guidance within the classroom for addressing the needs of differing students. Upon completion of the M.Ed. TCLD degree, graduates will be prepared to enter into career paths including curriculum specialist, ESOL coordinator, and ESOL teacher and can use course work for a certificate upgrade.  Current educators completing this degree who wish to remain in the classroom will find themselves more prepared to face the challenges and recognize the strengths of their culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Those interested in completing the M.Ed. TCLD program could begin the ESOL endorsement and TCLD Graduate Certificate courses today. These six courses can be applied to the Master’s degree pending its approval by SACSCOC.

For more information contact the COE’s Graduate Academic Services Center at (912) 478-1447 or email You can also visit the certificate program website at


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