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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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Whenever students have a question or concern, it is their responsibility to seek advising from an advisor.

While in the process of seeking degree-seeking admission, prospective graduate students are advised by Dr. Susan Spezzini, Program Director (spezzini@uab.edu). After being admitted to a degree program, students in ESL teacher education are advised by one of the following faculty members:
Dr. Josie Prado (jprado@uab.edu): MAEd/ESL—Traditional Track and International Track
Dr. Susan Spezzini (spezzini@uab.edu): MAEd/ESL—Dual certification, AMP, and EdS

It is recommended that graduate students meet with their advisors at least once a year. Such advising can also take place by phone or email.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS IN ALL PROGRAMS

1. Maintain a high GPA - 3.0 is required for an MA degree (with 3.25 required by the ALSDE for issuing certification) and 3.25 for an EdS.
2. Submit an Application for Degree to the Office of Student Services (EB 232) at least 7 months before you intend to graduate.
3. Submit a certification application to the Office of Student Services (EB 232) at the beginning of the term when you intend to graduate. Instructions are provided in the respective certification application handbooks on the OSS website. NOTE: This does not pertain to students in the MAEd/ESL program's International Track.
4. Take your required comprehensive exam during the last term of your program. The University requires that you be enrolled in at least 3 semester hours at UAB during the time you take your exam. The dates are posted on the C&I Department's website. Please inform Dr. Sue Seay (sueseay@uab.edu) at the beginning of the semester in which you plan to take the comps.
5. All students in search of teaching positions should attend the UAB Education Career Fair which is offered each spring - UAB Career Services

Advising for MAEd/ESL Students in the AMP (5th year)
ADVISOR – Dr. Susan Spezzini (spezzini@uab.edu)
Prospective AMP students should consult the AMP Information Packet. This outlines the steps and requirements for admission to the AMP. Once admitted with degree-seeking status, AMP students should regularly consult the AMP student handbook, the field experience handbook, and the student teaching handbook. These handbooks provide detailed information for successfully completing the program as well as guidelines for seeking employment while as an AMP student.
Here are some important reminders for AMP students:
1. Apply for student teaching in the January preceding the academic year in which you want to student teach. All AMP students, including those employed as full-time teachers, must apply for student teaching and register for EESL 690. Student teaching applications may be acquired in the Student Services Office (EB 232) or the Office of Clinical Experiences (EB 232). For more information, call 934-7530.
2. Portfolio - You are required to keep and update an electronic Assessment Portfolio during your program. You begin working on this in EDU 500 or in your first ESL course. This will be screened at various points including at the end of student teaching. A successful portfolio is required to be recommended of certification.

Advising for MAEd/ESL Students in the Traditional Track
ADVISOR (ESL) – Dr. Josie Prado (jprado@uab.edu)
ADVISOR (dual certification) – Dr. Susan Spezzini (spezzini@uab.edu)
Prospective MA students should consult the MA Information Packet. This outlines the steps and requirements for admission to the MA program. Once admitted with degree-seeking status, AMP students should continue consulting the MA Information Packet. This also provides detailed information for successfully completing the program.

Advising for MAEd/ESL Students in the International Track
ADVISOR – Dr. Josie Prado (jprado@uab.edu)
Prospective MA students should consult the MA Information Packet. This outlines the steps and requirements for admission to the MA program. Once admitted with degree-seeking status, AMP students should continue consulting the MA Information Packet. This also provides detailed information for successfully completing the program.

Education Specialist Advising
ADVISOR – Dr. Susan Spezzini (spezzini@uab.edu)
Prospective EdS students should consult the EdS Information Packet. This outlines the steps and requirements for admission to the EdS program. Once admitted with degree-seeking status, EdS students should continue consulting the EdS Information Packet. This provides detailed information for successfully completing the program. Additional information is provided at http://www.uab.edu/esl/eds-degree-a-certifications

For additional information, please visit our ESL Resource Website.