Enroll in our English as a Second Language (ESL) Master's Program, and you will gain the expertise you need to teach P-12 or adult English language learners. We offer courses in second language acquisition methods, grammar, phonology, ESL instruction through reading and writing, and strategies for teaching math and science to English language learners. In addition, as of the first semester, you will have opportunities for hands-on teaching experiences through diverse field experiences and internships.

If you already have a master's degree in education, ESL or related to ESL, consider enrolling in the Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Teachers with Alabama's Class A certification in ESOL will pursue the EdS-TESOL's certification track and earn Class AA certification in ESOL. All other educators, including ESL teachers of adult learners, will pursue the EdS-TESOL's non-certification track.

For more information, visit www.uab.edu/esl.

Graduate Degrees

Alternative Masters Degrees

Traditional Masters Degrees (Teacher Certification)

Masters Degrees (Non-Certification)

Educational Specialist

Learn more about our graduate programs

Download an information packet and come to an information session to learn more about our graduate teacher education programs. Contact Susan Spezzini to attend an information session.

 Graduate Program Information Packet Information Session
Alternative Master's Program Download Mondays 5:00-6:30 pm
Traditional Master's Program Download Thursdays 4:00-4:45 pm
Educational Specialist Program Download Thursdays 5:00-5:45 pm

Want to switch careers to become a teacher?

The Alternative Masters Program (AMP) is designed for individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in a field outside of education who want to become certified teachers. Once you complete the AMP, you will earn an alternative Class A certification in your specific teaching field along with a Master's degree. Learn more details in the AMP Information Packet.

English as a Second Language Faculty

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Have questions? Contact us:

Susan Spezzini, Ph.D.
Program Director
By Phone: 205-934-8357
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