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If you are seeking admission to a graduate degree program in ESL, you should follow the guidelines provided below. Whenever you have any questions during this application process, you should contact the Program Director, Dr. Susan Spezzini at spezzini@uab.edu

(1) Learn about your targeted degree program at UAB. Read this website and attend an information session for prospective graduate students for the ESL teacher education program. Information sessions for prospective MAEd/ESL students take place on Mondays at 4:00 pm. Information sessions for the Alternative Master's Program (AMP) take place on Mondays at 5:00 pm.  And, information sessions for prospective EdS students take place on Mondays at 6:30 pm. All of these sessions take place in EB 100.  Be sure to confirm your participation by sending an email to Dr. Spezzini, spezzini@uab.edu .

(2) Obtain an acceptable score on the admission exam(s) required for your targeted degree program. The MAEd/ESL program and the EdS program require either the MAT or GRE:
Miller Analogies Test (MAT): minimum of 388 scaled (35 raw)
Graduate Record Exam (GRE): minimum of 290 current (850 former)
Prospective students for the MAEd/ESL program's alternative track must also take the AECTP Basic Skills test. Detailed information about the AECTP Basic Skills is provided in the AMP Information Packet.

(3) Go to the ApplyYourself website. Create an account, write down your username and password, and log out. After receiving an email from the ApplyYourself website, you should log in and proceed with submitting an application. NOTE: If you submitted another type of application to UAB in the past, you will need to create a new ApplyYourself account.

(4) Plan to submit all required application materials by the admission deadline:
April 1st for summer admission
July 1st for fall admission
November 1st for spring admission

(5) Submit a Degree-Seeking Application to the Graduate School for admission to your degree program. On a drop-down menu, select from among these options:
  • Education-English as a Second Language 5th Year (MAE): for prospective teachers of K-12 students seeking admission to the MAEd/ESL's alternative track. Select one of the following concentrations: (1) ESL certification; (2) ESL certification and French certification (for applicants who have passed the Praxis II in French); (3) ESL certification and Spanish certification (for applicants who have passed the Praxis II in Spanish).
  • Education-English as a Second Language International/Adult (MAE): for prospective ESL teachers of adult students (does not include certification to teach in Alabama schools)
  • Education-English as a Second Language Traditional (MAE): for teachers who are certified to teach any subject in Alabama. Select one of the following concentrations: (1) ESL certification; (2) ESL certification and French certification (for teachers who already hold Class B certification in French); (3) ESL certification and Spanish certification (for teachers who already hold Class B certification in Spanish).
  • Education—Educational Specialist (EdS) and select one of the following concentrations:  ESL or teacher leader

(6) Pay $45 ($60 for international students*) online with a credit card.
NOTE: Mailing a check will severely delay your admission.

*International Students should Click here to learn about additional obligations and to establish contact with UAB's International Recruitment and Student Services (IRSS).

(7) Request official transcripts from all colleges attended (even if just for one course and even if you happened to take that course during high school). Request that your former colleges send official transcripts directly to each of these addresses:

UAB Graduate School

1720 2nd Avenue South-LHL G03
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

UAB School of Education, Office of Student Services
1720 2nd Avenue South-EB 100
Birmingham, AL 35294-1250

(8) If you have any questions or concerns, ask Dr. Spezzini: spezzini@uab.edu . As the Program Director, she will be able to find answers for your questions. If you do not receive a response from Dr. Spezzini within two or three days, please follow up with another email. NOTE: Going from office to office searching for answers is not a productive approach to the admission process.

(9) Periodically check the status of your application by clicking here: Check Admission Status. You may also inquire about your status by contacting the Graduate School (205-934-8227 gradschool@uab.edu ). Once you receive confirmation that all of your application materials have been received, it will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks for your application to be processed. If you are experiencing difficulties in confirming the receipt of your application materials, you should contact Dr. Spezzini, spezzini@uab.edu .

(10) You will receive a letter from the Graduate School congratulating you on your admission as a degree-seeking student. You will also receive an email from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) at the School of Education (SOE). This email will probably provide information about your major and your advisor.

(11) As soon as you can, follow through with all instructions provided in your admission letter from the Graduate School especially with respect to processing your BlazerID and UAB email.

(12) After you have obtained your BlazerID and email, you will be able to register for classes. Depending on when you register, there will be a deadline for paying the first half of your tuition. Failure to meet this deadline will cause you to be automatically dropped from your courses, and you will need to pay a reinstatement fee.

Non-Degree-Seeking Application
If the deadline has already passed for submitting a degree-seeking application for admission to a graduate program, you may still be able to take courses in the targeted semester by submitting a non-degree seeking application to the Graduate School. To do so, please follow the instructions listed below.

NOTE: If you have recently completed a certification program and are still waiting for your certificate from the Alabama State Department of Education, you should first receive your new certificate and then submit your non-degree seeking application. It is a state regulation that you must first have the prerequisite certificate (e.g., Class B) in hand before you can start taking courses towards a higher level certificate (e.g., Class A).

(a) Attend an information session in EB 100 for prospective students in the ESL program. 
--Traditional Track and International Track: Mondays at 4:00 pm.
--Alternative master’s program: Mondays at 5:00 pm.
--EdS: Mondays at 6:30 pm
Be sure to first confirm your participation by sending an email to Dr. Susan Spezzini, Program Director, at spezzini@uab.edu .

(b) Go to the ApplyYourself website. Create an account, write down your username and password, and log out. After that, log in and complete the non-degree seeking application.

(c) Submit your non-degree seeking application and pay $40 online with a credit card. (The non-degree application process is only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.) NOTE: Mailing a check will severely delay your admission.

(d) About two days after you have submitted your non-degree application, you will be contacted by the Graduate School indicating your admission as a non-degree graduate student.

(e) Follow the instructions from the Graduate School for processing (or reactivating) your student ID and your Blazer email. Once you have completed this process, you will be eligible for taking up to 12 credit hours of coursework that can be used towards your degree.

(f)  Based on instructions that you will receive in the Information Session, you may enroll in courses as a non-degree seeking student.

(g) If you have any questions or concerns, please ask Dr. Susan Spezzini: spezzini@uab.edu . As the Program Director, Dr. Spezzini will provide answers for your questions. If you do not receive a response from Dr. Spezzini within two or three days, please follow up with another email.

(h)  Prepare for submitting a degree-seeking application. Immediately make plans to take the admission exams that are required for your respective degree program. You should also immediately request transcripts and letters of recommendation. NOTE: You must complete the degree-seeking admission process by the end of your first semester of coursework.

For additional information, please visit our ESL Resource Website.