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ESOL (P-12) Master of Education Programs 

Pursuing a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of South Alabama students have the opportunity to interact online with graduate students and professors. A Master’s Program in Teaching English as a Second Language at USA provides graduates with the latest research based principles and intensive linguistics study for advancing the fluency of English Language Learners. Students will learn about: Fundamentals of Teaching ESL, Linguistic Theory and Application,   Cultural Issues of Learning English as a Second Language, Models of ESL Instruction,   Teaching Writing Skills in English, Advancing Reading Fluency in English, Increasing Oral Language Skills, Choosing Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language, and much more. Whether students are participating in online discussions or watching lectures and demonstrations in a real ESL classroom while learning about the latest practices for advancing the fluency of English Language Learners, students are sure to gain a deep understanding of the many different theories and practices of language acquisition as well as a rich understanding of the linguistics of the English language, including societal and cultural influences on language learning.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) M.Ed.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) leading to Certification in ESOL is a 30-hour fully online program that provides advanced study for teachers who already hold a Class B certificate in any area. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the Class A,  P-12 ESOL Certificate.  This program includes a field experience component which may be completed in a teacher’s own classroom if access to English language learners exists in the school setting.

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree from accredited institution of higher education documented on an official transcript from degree granting institution.
    Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended must be mailed to:
    University of South Alabama Transcript Processing Center
    P.O. Box 9218
    Watertown, MA 02471
    (Note: Students who attended and/or graduated from the University of South Alabama are not required to submit a USA transcript.)

  2. A valid bachelor's-level (Class B) Professional Educator Certificate in any teaching field.

  3. GPA Requirement:

    • Regular Admission-requires a minimal grade-point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution.
    • Provisional Admission-requires a minimal grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution; or 2.75 GPA based on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework; or a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score at or above the 50th percentile.
  4. Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study. (Upload document within application.)

    To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Alternative M.Ed.

The Alternative Master of Education (Alt. M.Ed.) leading to Certification in ESOL is a 42-hour fully online program that prepares those individuals who do not have a prior background or teaching certificate in education, to teach in the P-12 setting. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the Class A, P-12 ESOL Certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

▼   When does the Alt. Masters of Education program begin?
Students are admitted into the program every semester (Spring, Summer, and Fall).
▼   How long does the program take to complete?
The program is 42 credit hours (14 courses. Courses are readily available every semester allowing students to take a full load (9 hrs) without difficulty. The amount of time to complete the program depends upon how many courses are taken each semester. Students taking a full load (9 hours a semester) can expect to finish in 5-6 semesters while those who are working or have other responsibilities along with school may take a bit longer.
▼   Will I be able to keep working while taking classes?
All of the education courses (except practicum and student teaching) are offered online. As a result, most students are able to maintain full-time employment until their final semester of student teaching.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) overall of 2.75 or a master's or higher degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. This GPA must be documented on the official transcript of the regionally accredited, degree granting institution and must be the GPA that was used as the basis for granting the degree, not a GPA that includes post-degree course.
    Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended must be mailed to:
    University of South Alabama Transcript Processing Center
    P.O. Box 9218
    Watertown, MA 02471
    (Note: Students who attended and/or graduated from the University of South Alabama are not required to submit a USA transcript.)
  2. Passing score on all three parts of the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests.https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed
  3. Clear Alabama State Department of Education background check.
    Registration: https://www.aps.gemalto.com/al/indexNew.htm
    Verification: https://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/pages/SearchCerts.aspx
  4. Option 1: Passing score on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment: https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed
    Option 2: An academic major in English, Reading, or Foreign Language or an academic major in Communications with 19 hours in upper-division in English, Reading, or Foreign Languages; or 32 semester hours/19 in  upper-division in English, Reading, or Foreign Languages.
  5. Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study (upload document within application).

To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.


Academic Advisor:

Susan Ferguson, Ph.D.
ESOL
Ph: (251) 380-2797
ferguson@southalabama.edu