Combined Speech and Hearing, BA / Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), EdM

The UB Teach Speech and Hearing/ESOL program is an accelerated, combined degree program that allows you to earn a speech and hearing science BA and an ESOL EdM within five years. It provides you with content expertise in Speech and Hearing 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 Speech and Hearing, and ESOL at UB?

In this combined program, students study in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences 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 Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, you benefit from a dedicated focus on the core of knowledge regarding normal processes of speech, language, and hearing; in the Department of Learning and Instruction, you will learn how to bring academic content to life for English Language Learners in preK to grade 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:

  • Demonstrate knowledge across the age span of basic human communication processes related to their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases.
  • Recognize and describe normal aspects of the development and use of phonology, receptive and expressive language, fluency, social communication, and hearing.
  • 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 education
Grade levels PreK to 12
Credits required for completion 153
Time to completion 5 years
Course delivery On campus, some online coursework
  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • Speech Pathologist Assistants (outside of New York State)
  • Hearing Aid Dispensers
  • 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.

Students may begin applying for the combined speech and hearing science BA/ESOL EdM beginning fall 2021 semester.
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For more information about coursework and requirements, please contact:
Office of Educator, 716-645-2461