TESOL MAT Program
Check out the Application Guide below!
The TESOL MAT Program is one pathway for preservice teachers to become ESL teachers. This program is designed for candidates who would like to obtain their NC ESL licensure and Masters of Arts in Teaching. Project Ignite covers the cost of tuition/fees at the NC resident rate. Non NC residents will be responsible for out-of-state tuition/fees. See Spartan Central for tuition rate schedule.
This is a full-time cohort-based program (33-hours) that starts in May and continues through August of the following year. In addition to coursework, students complete a one-semester internship and one semester of student-teaching in designated K-12 schools.
Program Advisor: Melody Zoch
- Apply online through the UNCG Graduate School website where you can find additional information. Applications for the MAT TESOL program are reviewed for the summer semester. Applications are reviewed year-round for M.Ed. and PBC programs, but the Graduate School has deadlines for each semester. See Application Deadlines.
- View our Application Guide below for more information about the TESOL MAT Program application process.
- Official transcripts from every college and university you have attended are required
- Three recommendations are required from former professors and employers. These can be completed online or submitted in sealed envelopes.
- A Residency Statement is required for applicants claiming North Carolina residency.
- Applicants are required to submit a personal statement and a copy of an updated resume.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required. However, MAT and M.Ed. applicants must submit an academic writing sample.
- Acceptable writing samples may include:
• an edited and revised recent academic essay completed as part of the coursework in education, TESOL, language education, linguistics, or related field; OR
• an academic reflection based on the Disposition Rubric in the TESOL program.
- General guidelines for academic writing samples:
• Length: 5-25 pages including references
• Citation Style: APA 6th
• Format: double spaced word document
Candidates need to have a Bachelor’s degree and documented evidence of having studied a foreign language to apply for the program.
You can find course schedules through Course Schedule Search. To search the course schedule, select the term (e.g., Fall 2024) and the subject (Teacher Education). You can find required course lists for the MAT TESOL program at Degrees & Programs (MAT TESOL) (click on View UNCG Catalog).
Spartan Central includes information on student tuition and fees. The cost of your program is based upon a number of factors including campus type, residency, and credit hours. With the support of the National Professional Development grant from the Department of Education (Project Ignite), in-state tuition and fees will be covered for eligible candidates. Students will be contacted about funding program requirements upon admission.
IMPORTANT: Project Ignite provides funding for in-state tuition & fees for the MAT program. Students whose residency status for tuition purposes is not in-state must pay for Non NC Resident Tuition & Fees.
The North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS) determines the residency status for tuition purposes for applicants and current students. Residency determinations must be submitted in full in RDS by the tenth business day of a semester in order to apply to that term. For more information about RDS and residency in North Carolina, go to ncresidency.org
On your application form, you will need to provide the names and contact information of selected recommenders. Ideal recommendations can be from professors, supervisors, and colleagues who can provide insights regarding your background and expertise, your academic potential in the Graduate School, and your career aspirations.
Some courses require field experiences as part of the coursework. In these cases, the professors will detail assignments and support candidates with locations for completing assignments. For candidates who are already employed or interning in a school with dual language classrooms, they will be able to use these sites to complete assignments.
Degree students may transfer up to 1/3 of the minimum number of (non-dissertation) hours required by the program. Certificate students may transfer up to 3 hours. Transfer credit is accepted at the discretion of the department and with the approval of The Graduate School. All transfer credit must meet Graduate School policies (UNC Greensboro Catalog). For the add-on licensure program, you may transfer up to 3 hours with the approval of the program, department and the Graduate School.
Once an application has been received, it is reviewed to determine which credentials have been uploaded by the applicant, and what credentials are needed in order for the application to be considered complete. Official test scores, official transcripts, and recommendations which were sent directly to The Graduate School are then uploaded to the application. Once the application is complete, the department is able to review your application. If the department recommends that you be admitted into the program, the Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School will conduct a final review of your credentials and will make the final determination of eligibility. Once a decision has been made, The Graduate School will notify you by e-mail. All credentials submitted become the property of The Graduate School and are not returned to the applicant.
If you have been admitted to the TESOL MAT program, you will be contacted by Project Ignite regarding funding requirements and registration information upon admission.
You should contact your academic advisor Dr. Melody Zoch ([email protected]) as soon as you receive admission notification from the Graduate School.
You will receive instructions to activate your UNCG accounts and register for courses.
Yes. Your application is processed as soon as it is received. By applying early, we can resolve any problems that may occur with plenty of time left before the beginning of the term. Remember that The Graduate School will process around 3500 applications. As deadlines approach, it becomes much more difficult to give individual attention to details that may not be 100% accurate.
Yes. The academic advisor for the TESOL MAT program and the NCTeach program is Dr. Melody Zoch ([email protected]). The academic advisor for the ESL Add-on Licensure and ESL Add-on Licensure with Dual Language Concentration program is Dr. Jamie Schissel ([email protected]).