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Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

As part of a great research university, our department offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our programs are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction faculty are internationally and nationally recognized providing expertise in their respective disciplines. Through teaching, scholarship, and service, faculty contribute to the development of dynamic teachers and educational communities in a global society.

We welcome your inquiries into our programs as you seek opportunities to touch the world through the education profession. Go Blazers!

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Turning students into teachers and teachers into leaders

Teacher preparation is our specialty. We offer programs for undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking initial teacher certification as well as programs for veteran teachers seeking advanced degrees and certifications. Whether you're an undergraduate student seeking to enter the profession, a career changer in pursuit of a teaching degree, or a practicing teacher interested in furthering your career, the UAB Department of Curriculum and Instruction can help you achieve your goal.

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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.