Contact Us

By Phone (Office Hours: 8:30 – 5:00, EST)
In Atlanta: 404-413-5200
Outside Atlanta (in U.S.): 1-404-413-5200
Outside the U.S.: 00-1-404-413-5200

In Person (Office Hours: 8:30 – 5:00, EST)
15th floor, 25 Park Place,
Atlanta, GA 30303

See a map for directions to the office. From the MARTA Five Points Station, exit onto Peachtree St., take a left, and walk one and a half blocks.

By Fax: 404-413-5201

By Email
You may call the department for inquiries of a general nature. Or, contact:

By Regular Mail
Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4099
Atlanta, GA 30302-4099

By FedEx, UPS, DHL (overnight or priority mail)
Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL
15th floor, 25 Park Place,
Atlanta, GA 30303




If you want to earn a Master’s degree so that you can teach college or adult-level ESL or EFL

Master of Arts: Applied Linguistics

Contact: Dr. Youjin Kim

Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL



If you would like to go abroad to teach English but are not sure you want to commit to a graduate-level MA program

TEFL Certificate Program for Undergraduates

Contact: Hae Sung Yang

Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL


The Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) provides undergraduate students with appropriate skills and a credential that will enable them to teach EFL abroad. The TEFL Certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete a series of five undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL. The TEFL certificate is intended for GSU-admitted students who take the required courses as part of their undergraduate coursework or as post-baccalaureate students.


If you do not hold a teaching certification but would like to teach public school ESOL and earn a Master’s degree

Master of Education: Reading, Language, and Literacy Education Alternative Preparation Program (TEEMS RLL-ESOL)

Contact: Dr. Tisha Y. Lewis

Department of Middle-Secondary Education & Instructional Technology


The alternative Master’s program in Reading, Language, and Literacy Educationleads to an ESOL certification and a reading endorsement. With this degree, a person can become initially certified as a P-12 ESOL teacher and also become eligible to teach reading P-12. This program is for individuals with a Bachelor’s degree who are not already certified teachers. The program is designed to begin in the summer and be completed in four semesters. Internship experiences and field-based coursework at school sites ensure candidates have experiences in P-K, 1-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 by the end of their program. 

If you already hold a teaching certification and want to continue your education so that you can teach public school ESOL

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement
M.Ed. in Reading, Language and Literacy Education – ESOL

Contact: Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs

Department of Middle-Secondary Education & Instructional Technology



Teachers who wish to add the field of ESOL to an existing certificate have two options at GSU. The ESOL non-degree endorsement program consists of four courses, including a culture course, an applied linguistics/second language acquisition course, and a combined methods/practicum experience. This coursework can also be pursued as part of the Master’s degree in Reading, Language, and Literacy Education with a focus on ESOL. Both of these programs are based on the standards for bilingual/ESOL teachers established by TESOL.

If you are already certified or endorsed as a P-12 ESOL teacher and you are interested in advanced graduate work beyond the M.Ed. level

Ed.S in Teaching and Learning – ESOL Concentration
Ph.D in Teaching and Learning – Language and Literacy Education

Contact: Dr. Peggy Albers

Department of Middle-Secondary Education & Instructional Technology



Experienced P-12 ESOL teachers can pursue advanced graduate work in theEducational Specialist in Teaching and Learning with a focus on ESOL or in thePh.D. in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis on Language and Literacy Education. The Educational Specialist degree prepares instructional specialists to be ESOL leaders in their schools. The Ph.D. is a research degree for individuals interested in contributing to the knowledge base in the fields of language and literacy education and being prepared to work in teacher education.  Both programs draw on coursework related to theoretical models and research in the areas of reading, language, and writing with an emphasis on literacy for a diverse society. Students can take coursework for these degrees in language and literacy education through the College of Education as well as in the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL in the College of Arts and Sciences.