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Enroll in our English as a Second Language (ESL) Master's Program, and you will gain expertise for teaching ESL in P-12 or adult settings. We offer courses in second language acquisition, grammar and linguistics, phonology, methods for teaching ESL, curriculum and policies, teaching new languages through reading and writing, multicultural society, engaging families and communities, teaching emergent bilinguals in early childhood settings, 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.

Enroll in our Education Specialist (EdS) program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and you will gain expertise beyond your master’s degree in education or ESL. 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, which can be pursued fully online.

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

Note: Programs highlighted in blue are offered fully online.

Graduate Certificates

Traditional Masters Degrees (Class A Certification with Three Tracks)

Alternative Masters Degrees (Class A Certification with Three Tracks)

Masters Degrees (Non-Certification)

Educational Specialist (EdS Degree with Two Tracks)

Which Teacher Education Program is right for you?

Teacher certifications are issued at a few different levels and correspond to specific degree options here at UAB. Learn more about these certification levels and find out which degree program is right for you.

Information Packets and Sessions

If you are already a certified teacher, you will be pursuing the traditional MA or the EdS; please contact the program coordinator in that packet. If you are not a certified teacher and wish to become a teacher, please contact Dr. Susan Spezzini and attend an information session for the Alternative Master’s Program.

Graduate ProgramInformation PacketInformation Session
Alternative Master's Program Download Mondays 5:00-6:30 pm
Traditional Master's Program Download Contact coordinator (See page 2 of information packet)
Educational Specialist Program Download Contact coordinator (See page 2 of information packet)