MAT ESL & MAT ELS/BLE

Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching: John Norris, Ph.D.
For questions about the MAT program, requirements and admissions, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant.

The Department of Linguistics offers two degrees for the Master of Arts in Teaching:

MAT in English as a Second Language (ESL)
MAT in ESL and Bilingual Education (TBED)

The general requirements for the MAT include:

Coursework
Foreign Language Proficiency
Teaching Portfolio

Further details concerning requirements, standards and procedures for the MAT are given in the Linguistics Graduate Student Handbook and the Graduate Bulletin.

Licensing and Certification:
The MAT-ESL and MAT-ESL/BLE degrees do not confer a license or certification for teaching in public schools in the United States. Many of the courses offered in these degree programs meet specific elements of the TESL certification requirements of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, but graduates of our MAT programs must request 'transcript review' when applying for a provisional teaching license in any state's public school system. Licensing requirements vary by state, and graduates of our MAT programs may need to take additional coursework to get a permanent teaching license in some states. Some states, including the District of Columbia, grant licenses only through accredited degree programs; Georgetown's MAT programs are not accredited to grant teaching licenses.