School of Education at University of Alabama - Birmingham
Why you should consider this program
UABs School of Education offers Coverdell Fellows an intimate atmosphere of a smaller program within a large university that is close to an international airport. In the MA-TESOL program and several other MA programs, Coverdell Fellows will experience the following: varied course delivery formats, professional learning communities, totally online platforms, blended courses (online alternating with face-to-face), Saturday classes, intensive summer institutes, and internships. Students will progress through courses in a cohort manner that facilitates personalized interaction with instructors. We have a learner-centered instructional approach within a standards-based, inquiry-focused curriculum that fosters collaboration, reflection, and application - going from theory to practice by using state-of-art ESL teaching strategies, e.g., interactive peer-to-peer oral techniques. Fellows receive hands-on experience as of first semester by co-teaching School of Educations Community English Classes. Completion of a 30-hour program (e.g. MA-TESOL) within a single academic year thus facilitates a one-year housing lease. There are varied and affordable housing options in Birmingham's Southside neighborhood, 3-10 blocks from the School of Education, offering the possibility of walking or bicycling from home to campus without needing to purchase a parking decal. Excellent health care services are available on campus with accessible student health insurance. Fellows will get the opportunity to join the Birmingham chapter of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers for fun and fellowship.
Benefits for Coverdell Fellows
|Tuition/fees for Complete Program||Value of Coverdell Fellowship||Net cost *|
|In state||$ 13,908||$ 2,696||$ 11,212|
|Out of state||$ 31,551||$ 20,489||$ 11,062|
Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from
Fellowships awarded per year (average)
Currently from 2 to 4
Other benefits or opportunities
Annual cost of living (estimated)
Application fee waived?No
Students in the MA-TESOL program teach English as volunteers once a week for 90 minutes to members from the immigrant community, which by its very nature is underserved. They must do this for at least three semesters. These community English classes are hosted and coordinated by the School of Education's ESL teacher education program. Coverdell Fellows are also encouraged to take advantage of multiple opportunities for helping immigrant families and other underserved families in community centers located in the greater Birmingham area. Such centers are readily accessible to students given the fact that UAB is located in the heart of Birmingham. Having started in 1945 as a medical school and in 1969 as an autonomous university, UAB is now the largest single employer in the State of Alabama. With 23,000+ employees and 19,000+ students from 101 countries, UAB has been described by The Princeton Review as a "mecca of multiculturalism and was ranked among the top 10 U.S. colleges and universities for diversity for 3 consecutive years. UAB was also named for 3 consecutive years to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a university can achieve for commitment to civic engagement and service-learning. http://www.uab.edu/home/about
Jobs for program alumni
From one to two years, depending on the program
Before submitting your degree seeking application to UAB's Graduate School, you should contact the School of Education's Coverdell Coordinator, Dr. Susan Spezzini, at [email protected]. Dr. Spezzini will ask you to send her the following documents: your Peace Corps COS document, your resume/CV, and the UAB School of Education's inquiry form for graduate applicants who wish to be Coverdell Fellows.
mid August and early January
Most of the courses are in the evening. The rest of the courses are on Saturdays or are fully online. This allows students to work in the daytime.
Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started