School of Education at University of Alabama - Birmingham

Why you should consider this program

UABs 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 Educations 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
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

All Coverdell Fellows receive a stipend of $1508 per year of full time study. With this stipend, Coverdell Fellows are classified with in-state residency which represents a savings of about 55% in tuition for out-of-state students. Coverdell Fellows in the MA-TESOL are given credit for one course and therefore only need to take 30 credit hours on campus instead of 33 credit hours. In addition to the monetary savings, they are allowed to complete this 30-hour program in just 12 months, from August to July, instead of the normal 16 to 20 months for the longer program. This abbreviated time allows them to save on housing and other living expenses. On top of these savings, they will earn money as graduate assistants.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

Currently from 2 to 4

Other benefits or opportunities

Coverdell Fellows are given priority consideration to be hired as graduate assistants in UAB's English Language Program where they work as tutors in the Language Resource Center for about 15 hours a week throughout their time on campus, even in the summer. This assistantship usually starts in the second month of their first year on campus.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 13,200

Application fee waived?

No

Internship

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

Graduates from UAB's MA-TESOL program have immediately been employed as ESL teachers in the English language programs at UAB and 4 neighboring universities as well as in other states. MA-TESOL graduates are also teaching English at schools and universities in Thailand, Mynamar, China, Korea Japan, Colombia, Mexico, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Ivory Coast. Graduates from the K-12 ESL master's program are immediately employed in schools throughout Alabama as well as in other states. Graduates have also obtained employment in Community Colleges as well as in community outreach such as The Literacy Council of Central Alabama.

Other details

Program length

From one to two years, depending on the program

Application requirements

The MA-TESOL program has the following admission requirements: GRE (290+ score) or Miller Analogies Test (388+), college transcripts, and an essay. These admission requirements vary according to the program.

Admissions process

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.

Program begins

mid August and early January

Non-traditional options

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

2015


Contact

Susan Spezzini, Associate Professor and Program Director

Address
1720 Second Ave South - EB 100
UAB School of Education
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1250