Traditional Class A Program

The department offers a traditional Class A program for those with appropriate prerequisite certification in Elementary Education (or an approved equivalent). This program leads to Alabama Class A certification in Elementary Education (K-6).

Alternative Class A Program (Nontraditional, Initial Teacher Certification)

The department offers an Alternative Class A program that does not require prior certification in a teaching field. This program leads to Alabama Class A certification in Elementary Education (K-6) with dual certification in Early Childhood (P-3) and is designed to allow individuals with undergraduate degrees in non-teaching fields to enter the field of education.

The Graduate Catalog is published annually. State-approved program checklists may be updated more frequently and are thus likely to provide the most up-to date information about requirements. A current program checklist may be obtained from the program office in 204 Graves Hall. Students should consult their advisors each semester before registering.

Traditional Class A Elementary (K-6) Certification

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting admission requirements for the Graduate School and the College of Education, applicants must hold appropriate prior certification in Elementary Education (or the approved equivalent). An entrance exam score (at least 300 on the GRE or the 50th percentile or above on the MAT) is needed for regular admission. Fingerprinting/background clearance is required for admission.

Admission requirements for the Graduate School (Admission Criteria) and the College of Education (General Admission) are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

This course listing applies to those who begin this program June 1, 2019. Candidates earning graduate credit prior to this date may elect to utilize this program. A minimum of 30 hrs of course credit must be earned, and a comprehensive assessment must be successfully completed. An extensive professional portfolio, to be completed by candidates, will be used as a comprehensive assessment in lieu of a comprehensive exam. Candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.25 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C.

Code and Title Hours
Curriculum and Instruction
CEE 532Early Child/Elem Sch Curric3
CEE 574Guid Early Chld/Elem Pupil Lea3
Foundations of Professional Studies
(Choose ONE of the following SDE approved diversity courses.)3
History Of Amer Educn
Sociology Of Education
Multicultural Education
Found Educn Through Film
Readings In Soc Of Ed
Critical Race Theory In Educ
Multicult Soc Ed Leadershp
Ethics And Education
Educational Research
BER 500Intro Educatn Research3
BER 550 is also required if an evaluation of teaching and learning course was not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Teaching Field
(Select 12 hours from the following courses. Include at least one specialty option with two courses. Two specialty options are strongly recommended.)12
Clas & Mod Lit Early Child/Ele
and Lang Arts In Elemy Sch
Expanding Reading
and Begin Rding Pre-K-Prim Grades
Concepts of EC/ELE School Math
and Early Child/Elem Math Curr Res
Science Early Childhood/Elem
and Issues Trends Early Child/Elem
Social Sci in Early Child/Elem
and Imp Early Child/Elem Soc Stu
Additional Requirements/Electives
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
Advisor-approved elective3
SPE 500 is required if a special education survey course was not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-36

The Graduate Catalog is published annually. State-approved program checklists may be updated more frequently and are thus likely to provide the most up-to date information about requirements. Students should consult their advisors each semester before registering. A current program checklist should be obtained from the program office in 204 Graves Hall. Students may not count more than six hours in certain seminar/workshop/problems courses toward the completion of the degree. A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit, if approved by the student’s advisor, may be applied toward the degree. Students should see their advisors regarding which courses are appropriate for transfer credit.

Additional requirements of the Graduate School and the College of Education are detailed in other sections of this catalog.

Certification

The Alabama State Board of Education grants Class A professional educator certification in Elementary Education (K-6). To be eligible, candidates must hold appropriate prerequisite certification and must complete all requirements for the MA degree in the chosen program as described in this catalog, including a comprehensive assessment, state assessments (if applicable), and the Praxis subject assessment(s). According to Alabama regulations, individuals admitted to a Class A program based on a professional educator certificate from another state must earn the prerequisite Alabama certification before applying for Alabama Class A (master's level) certification.

Alternative Class A Elementary (K-6) with dual certification in Early Childhood (P-3) (Nontraditional, Initial Teacher Certification Program)

Admission Requirements

An entrance exam score (at least 300 on the GRE or the 50th percentile or above on the MAT) is needed for regular admission.

Admission requirements for the Graduate School (Admission Criteria) and the College of Education (General Admission) are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog.

For admission to the Alternative Class A (non-traditional) program in elementary education, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Transcript evaluation: Applicants should contact the Office of Student Services & Certification for a transcript evaluation to determine prerequisite courses.
  • Degree requirement: An appropriate bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 OR a master's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 is required.
  • General Studies and Teaching Field: For Alternative Class A in Elementary, applicants must earn passing scores on all subtests of Praxis 5001--Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects.
  • Fingerprinting/background clearance

Degree Requirements

This course listing applies to those who begin this program June 1, 2019. Candidates earning graduate credit prior to this date may elect to utilize this program. A minimum of 40 semester hours of specific graduate credit plus some undergraduate prerequisites are required for certification. The program of study must be planned with an advisor. Candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.25 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C, and a passing score on a comprehensive assessment is required. The extensive professional portfolio completed by candidates will be used as a comprehensive assessment in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

Code and Title Hours
Curriculum and Instruction (Choose ONE course.):
CEE 532 or Early Child/Elem Sch Curric3
CEE 574 Guid Early Chld/Elem Pupil Lea
Foundations of Professional Studies
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed *3
Technology
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
Teaching Field
CEE 401Managing Effective Classrooms3
CEE 550Intro Teach EC/Elem Schl Sci3
CEE 560Intro Teach ED/ELE Soc Studies3
CEE 570Teach Reading in ELE School3
CEE 578Teach Lang Arts Early Chi/Elem3
CEE 582Teach Math to EC/ELE Students3
CEE 595Practicum in EC/ELE3
CEE 596Advanced Practicum3
Special Education Coursework
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission to this program.0-3
Internship
CEE 597Internship in EC/ELE 16
EDU 500Internship Seminar1
Total Hours40-43

The Graduate Catalog is published annually. State-approved program checklists may be updated more frequently and are thus likely to provide the most up-to date information about requirements. Students should consult their advisors each semester before registering.

Certification

The Alabama State Board of Education grants Class A professional educator certification in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Childhood (P-3). To be eligible, candidates must complete all requirements of the Alternative Class A program, including a comprehensive assessment, state assessments (if applicable), and the Praxis subject assessment(s).

Non-Certification Overseas Program for Elementary Education, MA

This is a non-certification program offered only to overseas students. Completion of this program does not lead to professional educator licensure or certification.

Admission Requirements

An entrance exam score (at least 300 on the GRE or the 50th percentile or above on the MAT) is needed for regular admission.

Admission requirements for the Graduate School (Admission Criteria) and the College of Education (General Admission) are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 hours of course credit must be earned, and a comprehensive assessment must be successfully completed. Candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.25 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C.

Code and Title Hours
Group I: Elementary Education Courses
AREA 1. Required Courses. Students select ONE course from the following:3
Modern Elementary School Progr
Early Child/Elem Sch Curric
AREA 2. Program Specifics. Students select FIVE courses from the following--OR select three or four courses from Program Specifics plus 6 or 3 hours of graduate credit courses* in the student's subject field.15
Science Early Childhood/Elem
Social Sci in Early Child/Elem
Lang Arts In Elemy Sch
Concepts of EC/ELE School Math
Expanding Reading
Second Language Acquisition
AREA 3. Educational Research
BER 500Intro Educatn Research3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 21
Group II: Electives
Students select THREE courses from the list below. Students may also choose courses not taken from the Group I list above or courses specifically approved by the Office of International Programs.9
History Of Amer Educn
Eval Classroom Learning
Computer Based Instruction
Clas & Mod Lit Early Child/Ele
Problems
Tesol: Basic Methods
Linguistics Classroom Teachers
Begin Rding Pre-K-Prim Grades
Intro Exc Childr/Youth
Adv Academc Methods Elem
Total Hours30