English as a Second Language Program

Would you like to teach ESL to P-12 or adult learners?


Enroll in our UAB English as a Second Language (ESL) 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, you will have opportunities for hands-on teaching experiences through diverse field experiences and internships. You can even apply for the Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) where you can teach English overseas as a Peace Corps volunteer.

We offer

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

Susan Spezzini

Susan Spezzini

Josie Prado

Josie Prado

Kelly Hill

Kelly Hill


For more information

Visit www.uab.edu/esl

Have questions? Contact us:

Susan Spezzini, Ph.D.
Program Director
By Phone: 205-934-8357
By E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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