At UAB, teachers and prospective teachers complete degree programs for obtaining teacher certification issued by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). UAB offers certification degree programs in ESL at the master's level (Alternative Class A for prospective teachers and Class A for already-certified teachers) and at the educational specialist level (Class AA). Students pursuing a master's level certification in ESL can also simultaneously pursue certification in French or Spanish if they have already passed the Praxis in that teaching field. Students in a certification degree program must take care in explicitly following the ALSDE-approved checklist under which they were admitted.

Listed below are the current checklists for ESL teacher certification. This certification is issued by the ALSDE for teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in grades P-12.

Checklists are available on the Office of Student Services website.


Certification at the master's level

Certification in ESL
  • Class A in ESL
  • Alternative Class A in ESL
Dual Certification in ESL and French
  • Class A in ESL and French
  • Alternative Class A in ESL and French
Dual Certification in ESL and Spanish
  • Class A in ESL and Spanish
  • Alternative Class A in ESL and Spanish

Certification at the EdS level

  • Class AA in ESL
  • Class AA in Teacher Leadership

UAB also provides courses for preparing teachers to pursue ESL certification through the ALSDE's Certification By Test (CBT) route as well as for renewing or reinstating their certification in other teaching fields.

For additional information, please visit our ESL Resource Website.