12 months
1187 USD/credit 52228 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 48796 USD/year
468 USD/credit 20592 USD/year
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You want to teach English as a second language to kids and/or adults—¿sí? Trés bien. You can learn the skills you need to help people become bilingual, reduce illiteracy rates, and more with this English as a Second Language program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Whether you want to teach adults, or kids as young as pre-K, at The University of Alabama at Birmingham we have the option that suits you. For instance, if you're a certified teacher, you can build on your experience with a traditional master's. Or, if you don't have a certificate, you can do the alternative master's program, which includes specific courses to introduce you to teaching. With either of these, we have a specific curriculum in place that includes courses such as Second Language Acquisition, Teaching ESL in a Multicultural Society, and Phonology for Second Language Teachers. 

However, if you're interested in teaching multicultural and adult learners, you may prefer to do our non-certification program. Here, your courses will include Community English Teaching, Teaching Adult Language Learners, and Grammar and Linguistics for ESL Teachers. No matter what path you choose, though, we're going to help you strengthen your résumé upon graduation with multiple opportunities for internships and field activities.

Fast Facts:

  • English as a Second Language Graduates are making an impact at home and abroad. Alumni and students teach in 67 percent of Alabama counties, and a number of graduates travel internationally to teach English.
  • Adult basic and ESL teachers earned an average of $56,800 in 2017 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Programme Structure


  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Curriculum, Program, Policies
  • Teaching ESL in a Multicultural Society
  • Grammar and Linguistics for ESL Teachers
  • Phonology for Second Language Teachers
  • Methods and Materials of Teaching ESL
  • Teaching New Languages Through Reading and Writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


44 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application
  • Citizenship/Immigration Documents
  • Application Fee
  • English Proficiency Exams
  • Transcripts and Proof of Degree
  • Official Test Scores
  • Additional Requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52228 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    48796 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    20592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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