The Alternative Master of Arts in Education in Spanish and English as a Second Language is designed for individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in a field other than education and wish to become certified teachers of ESL and Spanish.

Coursework takes a minimum of 53 semester hours to complete and includes courses in education as a profession, classroom management, grammar and linguistics for ESL teachers, phonology for second language teachers,and foreign language methods as well as 12 graduate hours in Spanish and an internship in ESL and Spanish. A program checklist can be found on the right and course specific information may be found in the UAB Graduate Catalog.

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Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Spanish and ESL program, applicants must meet the AMP admission requirements and attend an AMP information session. Applicants to the Spanish and ESL program must meet admission requirements for both ESL and Spanish.


Alternative Master's Program

The Alternative Masters Program (AMP) is designed for individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in a field outside of education who want to become certified teachers. Students who successfully complete the AMP will earn a master’s degree in education and be eligible for Class A certification in their specific teaching field. Read more about the Alternative Master's Program.

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