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University of Central Florida — College of Arts and Humanities

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
College of Arts and Humanities
Degrees Awarded:
ESOL Endorsement, Master of Arts (MA), TESOL, TEFL Certificate
Admissions Deadlines:

Fall, July 1; Spring, December 1; Summer, April 1.

Admissions Cycle:

Our MATESOL program admits three times per year.

Program Founded:
February, 2013


The MATESOL is an interdisciplinary program offered by the Colleges of Arts and Humanities and Education. The program provides students a strong foundation in language acquisition, use, and pedagogy. Our MATESOL program offers a combined emphasis on research and teaching, thereby graduating successful researchers and teachers. 


RPCVs will only be charged in-state tuition, regardless of their state residence before joining the Peace Corps.  Graduate Assistantships with partial tuition waivers may be available for RPCV Fellows who have already obtained Florida residency since leaving the Peace Corps.  Fellows with TEFL experience will be immediately referred to the UCF English for International Students program for further work opportunities and will be highly eligible to compete for Research Assistantships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships.


The MATESOL program requires 30-36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree dependent on whether students select a thesis or nonthesis option. All courses require projects that allow students to propose, plan, research, develop, write, and present their research or teaching interest. All students take a Comprehensive written Examination covering the core TSL courses.  It normally takes full-time students about two years to complete the MATESOL.  Afterward, many students work abroad, in local ESL programs, and apply to our PhD in Education/Specialty in TESOL.


Admission to the MATESOL requires an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.  The minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA required is a 3.0.  Students are also required to submit a GRE score.  All applicants should complete an online Graduate Application, Residency Form, and Health History Record by going to the following web site: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu and clicking on APPLY ONLINE in the top right hand corner of the page.  Your application will be processed by the university once you’ve hit the SUBMIT button paid your online application fee payment of $30.00.  Admission recommendations are made continually on completed application files.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Susan Jefferson
Executive Assistant

TESOL, Modern Languages Department, College of Arts and Humanities

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