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Enroll in our English as a Second Language (ESL) Master's Program, and you will gain expertise in 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 any instructional area 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 Professional Track (non-certification); both tracks can be pursued fully online. 


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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)

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