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English as a Second Language

Welcome to UAB where students become skilled, reflective second language educators through an innovative graduate degree program in English as a Second Language (ESL). This learner-centered program consists of two degrees: a Master of Arts In Education (MAEd) and an Educational Specialist (EdS).

UAB's MAEd/ESL embodies a three-fold purpose. Its first purpose is to train educators in meeting the needs of the growing population of English learners (ELs), both children and adults, in Alabama and abroad. Its second purpose is to deliver cutting-edge instruction through a standards-based, inquiry-focused approach. Its third purpose is to ensure that a quality MAEd/ESL program is available to teachers throughout the state. Accessible to educators all over Alabama, this MAEd/ESL program is unique in how it combines online support from Blackboard with a variety of delivery formats
• blended courses (online alternating with face-to-face)
• professional learning communities
• one-week summer teacher institutes
• flexible summer programming
• internships and practicums
• totally online platforms
• Saturday classes

These purposes are enhanced through the EdS program. This advanced degree program infuses an inquiry-focused approach that prepares teachers for assuming leadership roles in curriculum development and instructional delivery. It also provides experienced teachers with collaborative skills and mentoring techniques for serving as reflective practitioners to guide change and positively impact student achievement and school improvement. ESL teachers can pursue EdS-level certification in either ESL or Teacher Leadership. They can also pursue both of these certifications simultaneously.

If you wish to pursue a graduate degree in ESL, become ESL-certified, and/or work more effectively with ELs, you have come to the right place!  For additional information, please visit our ESL Resource Website.  We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you reach your goal.

Susan Spezzini, Ph.D.,
Program Director and Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum & Instruction (205)934-8357