Innovative Design

At UAB, the ESL teacher education program features an innovative design with a distance-friendly delivery. Courses are delivered via totally online platforms, one week summer institutes, professional learning communities, Saturday instruction, and evening classes. Provide below are the course delivery models within each MAEd/ESL track and the EdS.

 
Master of Arts in Education in ESL (MAEd/ESL)
At UAB, the MAEd/ESL program consists of 3 tracks: traditional, alternative, and international. In the traditional and alternative tracks, students obtain a master's degree and certification for teaching ESL in the schools; they may simultaneously pursue either French or Spanish certification. In the international track, students obtain a master's degree for teaching ESL to adult learners and/or for teaching English overseas. All three tracks are designed from a learner-centered approach that combines online support (Blackboard) with distance-friendly delivery.
Traditional Track (for obtaining additional certification to teach ESL in Alabama schools)
  4 courses delivered totally online;
  3 courses designed as a summer institute (a week plus a day);
  2 courses implemented through professional learning communities;
  1 course taught on Saturdays; and
  1 course based on summer internship.
  (3 additional courses for dual certification in French or Spanish)
Alternative Track (for obtaining initial certification to teach ESL in Alabama schools)
  6 courses delivered totally online;
  3 courses designed as a summer institute (a week plus a day);
  2 courses implemented through professional learning communities;
  2 courses taught on Saturdays;
  1 course taught in the evening; and
  1 course based on student teaching.
  (3 additional courses for dual certification in French or Spanish)
International Track (for teaching ESL to adults and/or teaching English overseas)
  3 courses delivered totally online;
  3 courses taught on Saturdays;
  1 course designed as a summer institute (a week plus a day);
  1 course implemented through professional learning communities;
  1 course taught weekly in the evening; and
  2 courses based on the practicum.
   
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Education
UAB's Educational Specialist (EdS) program consists of several concentrations within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Each concentration leads to Class AA certification from the ALSDE.

Class AA in Teacher Leadership: Teachers with Alabama Class A certification in any teaching field (including ESL) and three years teaching full-time at an accredited school may pursue Class AA certification in Teacher Leadership through a 30-hour EdS program in which 5 hours are focused on culturally and linguistically relevant instruction.

Class AA in ESL: Teachers with Alabama Class A certification in ESL may pursue Class AA certification in ESL through an EdS program containing 15 credit hours of Teacher Leader courses and 15 credit hours of ESL courses (6 of these hours may be from National Board certification in ESL).

Class AA in Elementary Education: Alabama teachers with Class B certification in elementary/early childhood education (ECE) and Class A certification in ESL or elementary/ECE may pursue Class AA in elementary education through an EdS program that contains several courses with an ESL focus.

Class AA in Secondary Education: Alabama teachers with Class B certification in Math, Science, Language Arts, or Social Studies and Class A certification in either ESL or the teaching field of their Class B may pursue Class AA certification in secondary education through an EdS program that may have up to two courses with an ESL focus.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Spezzini at spezzini@uab.edu

Note: Based on ALSDE's 2008 Administrative Code, teachers with Class A certification in ESL may be admitted to an Ed.S. program in the same teaching field as their Class B certificate.
   

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Based on the contents and learning objectives of each course, the most appropriate delivery format is selected. For example, in order to learn hands-on techniques for teaching pronunciation to their ELLs, students attend class on Saturdays. In Spring 2009, the 24 students in EESL 625 came from Mobile, Foley, Loxley, Auburn, Muscle Shoals, Decatur, Anniston, Moody, Vincent, Chelsea, Montevallo, Alabaster, Pelham, Hoover, Homewood, Irondale, Trussville, Tarrant, Fultondale, and Birmingham. This class also included visiting scholars from Japan and Brazil.