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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

  • Application and all supporting documents must be received prior to the semester of entry deadline.  Application and semester deadlines are available at http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended since high school, regardless of whether credit was earned.
  • Passing score on
    • 1) ESOL Content Knowledge Praxis II exam (see http://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed/ for current Alabama state requirements specific to your content field) OR
    • 2) score on either MAT or GRE (including the Analytical writing section) Scores must be from exam taken within the last five years. 
  • Copy of valid Alabama Class B Professional Certificate in Any Content Field.
  • Two recommendation forms attesting to your scholarship and/or professional abilities. 
  • Two page narrative on your career goals and purpose for graduate study.

 

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

Students are admitted into the program every semester (Spring, Summer, and Fall).
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.
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.
Those interested in pursuing a degree in the Alternative Master’s program must first have a transcript analysis completed by the College of Education Office of Graduate Studies. This analysis details whether there are undergraduate courses a student is deficient in based on the program the student wants to pursue. Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended are required along with the Request for Screening form. Once the analysis is completed, a letter is sent to the student outlining all deficiencies and/or prerequisites that must be completed prior to applying to the graduate program.

Admission Requirements

  • Application and all supporting documents must be received prior to the semester of entry deadline.  Application and semester deadlines are available at http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended since high school, regardless of whether credit was earned.
  • A grade-point average of at least 2.50 (A=4.0) documented on the official transcript from the degree-granting regionally accredited institution.
  • Satisfactory performance on the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program. Information and registration for the AECTP (formerly APTTP) are available at http://www.act.org/alabamaectp.
  • Clear Alabama State Department of Education background check. Information and registration for the ALSDE background check and fingerprinting sites are available at http://www.cogentid.com/alabama.
  • Passing score on
    • 1) ESOL Content Knowledge Praxis II exam (see http://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed/ for current Alabama state requirements specific to your content field) OR
    • 2) score on either MAT or GRE (including the Analytical writing section) Scores must be from exam taken within the last five years.
  • Letter of evaluation from the College of Education Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Two recommendation forms attesting to your scholarship and/or professional abilities.
  • Two page narrative on your career goals and purpose for graduate study.

 Academic Advisor:          

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