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Master of Arts (MA) in
Secondary Education (English for Speakers of Other Languages P-12 Certification)


Program Overview

The University of Alabama offers busy professionals just like you the ability to earn a Master of Arts in Secondary Education (English for Speakers of Other Languages P-12 Certification) in a convenient 100% online format. Coursework in this program includes assessment and evaluation, linguistics, and pedagogical approaches to learning.

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Cultivate Your Students' Language Proficiency

The demand for educators who can communicate effectively with diverse groups of students is on the rise. In this program, you will work directly with faculty with years of experience in the field and cutting-edge, innovative practices in the classroom. You will learn approaches and best practices for teaching students from varied backgrounds who are learning at different levels of English language comprehension. Through this program, you’ll enhance your skill set for fostering an inclusive educational environment for future students, be challenged with the most current pedagogical approaches and create lasting change for future generations.

  • Application DeadlineApplications accepted year round
  • Fees$10 College of Education graduate fee (per credit hour)
  • Required For EntranceBachelor's-level teaching certificate


The MA in Secondary Education with ESOL P- 12 Certification consists of 30 credit hours. Program and courses are subject to change.

Required Courses

  • CAT 531 Computer-Based Instruction
  • CIE 575 Teaching Emergent Multilinguals in Public Schools
  • CIE 578 Second Language Testing, Assessment and Evaluation
  • CIE 582 Development and Utilization of Instructional Materials

Additional Requirements

  • Foundations course: 3 credit hours
  • Teaching field: 9 credit hours
  • Internship: 6 credit hours
  • Special education survey course (if not previously completed)


Admission to the Master of Arts in Secondary Education (English for Speakers of Other Languages P-12 Certification) degree program requires the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • A valid bachelor’s level professional educator certificate in a teaching field
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.0 average for the last 60 hours in a degree program, or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • Statement of purpose
  • Completed UA Graduate School application
  • Completed requirements for fingerprinting/background clearance
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • References from current and former professors and/or supervisory personnel knowledgeable of the applicant’s academic and professional capabilities for all College of Education programs that lead to professional certification

Applications are accepted each semester. Students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semester.

This program leads to Alabama Class A certification in Secondary Education (ESOL P-12). If you reside or intend to seek professional licensure outside of the state of Alabama, please review the requirements for that state prior to applying to this program.

The programs listed in the current UA Graduate Catalog that lead to Alabama Class A and Class AA professional certificates may be altered to meet certification standards adopted by the Alabama State Board of Education.

Does this program require teacher certification in order to apply?

Yes, one must have a valid teacher certification in order to apply for the program.

If I have a degree and want to become teacher certified, can I apply for the program?

No, this degree does not lead one to become teacher certified if they have a degree in an area other than education.

Do I need to have teaching experience before applying?

No, you can apply for this program without having prior teaching experience.


Find more information and learn about restrictions related to this degree program that may exist regarding licensure in the state in which you reside.


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