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The Master of Arts in Education in English as a Second Language is designed for individuals who have an undergraduate degree in education and hold Class B certification in any field (elementary, secondary, or special education), and wish to obtain Class A Certification for teaching ESL.

Coursework takes a minimum of 30 semester hours to complete and includes courses in grammar and linguistics for ESL teachers, phonology for second language teachers, and an internship in ESL. A program checklist can be found on the right, and course-specific information may be found in the UAB Graduate Catalog.

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Class B certification in any field


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