Master's Degree & Certification

UAB offers a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) with three tracks. The traditional track and alternative track are for teaching ESL in grades K-12. The international track is for teaching ESL to adult language learners.

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. Detailed information is provided below.

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) with Class A Certification for Teaching ESL(N-12):

  • Traditional MAEd/ESL:  Teachers with an ALSDE Class B certification in another teaching field (elementary, secondary, or special education) must complete the MAEd/ESL (33 credit hours) in order to obtain Class A Certification to teach ESL in grades K-12.
    Info Packet   |    Course Map 

  • Traditional MAEd/ESL with dual certification: Teachers with an ALSDE Class B certification in Spanish or French (and who have passed the Praxis II in Spanish or French) may apply to pursue dual certification. Upon completing the dual-certification MAEd/ESL (42 credit hours), they will be eligible for Class A certification in ESL and also Class A certification in Spanish or French. Both certifications will be for teaching grades K-12.
    (see the Info Packet linked above for the Traditional MAEd/ESL.)

  • Alternative MAEd/ESL:  This alternative MAEd is also called the Alternative Master's Program (AMP), the Alternative Teacher Education Program (ATEP), and the Fifth-year Program. Admission requirements include having a bachelor's degree in English or another language (or the 32/19 equivalency of coursework) or else passing the Praxis II in English to Speakers of Other Languages. In order to become certified to teach ESL in K-12, candidates must complete the Alternative MAEd/ESL (45 credit hours).
    Info Packet   |   Course Map
       
  • Alternative MAEd/ESL with dual certification:  Students who have passed the Praxis II in Spanish or French may apply to pursue dual certification. Upon completing the alternative MAEd/ESL (54 credit hours), they will be eligible for Class A certification in ESL and also Class A certification in French or Spanish. Both certifications will be for teaching grades K-12.
    (see the Info Packet linked above for the Alternative MAEd/ESL)


Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) for teaching ESL/EFL to adults (International Track):

  • International Track:  Although certification is usually not required for teaching ESL to adult language learners, most local and international employers require a completed master's degree in ESL or TESOL. Students can prepare for teaching ESL to adults and also for teaching English overseas by pursuing the International Track of UAB's MAEd/ESL. Students may also pursue this MAEd/ESL International Track in conjunction with the Peace Corps Master's International Program. Students may complete their final three courses while teaching English overseas in the Peace Corps.
    Info Packet   |   Course Map 
     
  • International Track (for non-native speakers of English):  Students who are non-native speakers (NNS) of English pursue the International Track of the MAEd/ESL by taking courses in Academic English for improving oral and written communication. This information packet also includes additional information for international applicants.
    Info Packet & Course Map

ESL Certification through the Certification by Test (CBT) route:
UAB courses prepare teachers for the ESOL Praxis. Prior to enrolling, prospective CBT candidates should consult with UAB's ESL program coordinator regarding courses that may also apply towards an advanced degree in elementary or secondary education. For more information about the CBT (also called the Additional Teaching Field Approach), teachers should consult the ALSDE website.

Certification Renewal (in other teaching fields):

By taking EESL 610, EESL 613, EESL 620 and/or EESL 630, many teachers have successfully renewed their certification in elementary/early childhood education, secondary education, and/or special education. Moreover, the same courses that are taken for certification renewal have also served towards an MAEd in ESL.
NOTE: Teachers with lapsed certification should consult the ALSDE (http://www.alsde.edu).