Combined Linguistics, BA / Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), EdM

The UB Teach ESOL program is an accelerated, combined degree program that allows you to earn a linguistics BA and an ESOL EdM within five years. It provides you with content expertise in linguistics while preparing you to teach English as a new language to speakers of other languages in American educational systems (preK–12): early childhood, childhood and secondary schools.

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Why Linguistics and ESOL at UB?

In this combined program, students study in the Linguistics Department in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Department of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education. While in the Linguistics program, you benefit from a dedicated focus on the study of language and language diversity awareness; in the Department of Learning and Instruction, you will learn how to bring ESOL to life in preK to 12 classrooms.

UB prepares highly qualified teachers who lead their classrooms, shape students’ lives and positively engage with the communities they serve.

Students enrolled in this program will:

  • Comprehend the core concepts of linguistics, as well as the basic literature that assumes such concepts
  • Develop an awareness of linguistic diversity and variability in terms of language in its broader cognitive and social context.
  • Complete intensive clinical education experiences in collaboration with Western New York schools across diverse settings, while learning the nuances of the teaching profession.
  • Gain the skills, expertise and confidence to implement evidence-based practice in the classroom and co-teach alongside an expert teacher in a one-year residency.

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Education (EdM)
Certification option Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for New York State initial and professional certification in ESOL
Grade levels PreK to 12
Credits required for completion 144
Time to completion 5 years
Course delivery On campus, some online coursework


  • English as a Second Language instruction
  • Language teaching
  • Educational policy
  • Multicultural services
Experiential contact hours
  • Clinical experiences embedded in undergraduate and graduate  coursework
  • A full one-year teaching residency in the final year of the program
Application deadline Early action: Nov. 15
Scholarship consideration: Dec. 8
Regular decision: Feb. 1

Students can continue to submit an application for fall consideration until capacity is reached.
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For more information about coursework and requirements, please contact:
Office of Educator, 716-645-2461