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.

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, 2017. 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 exam 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.

Hours
Curriculum and Instruction
CEE 532Elementary Sch Curric3
CEE 574Guiding Pupil Learning3
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
(Choose at least one specialty option with two courses.)12
Classics & Modern Lit
and Lang Arts In Elemy Sch
Expanding Reading
and Beginning Reading
Concepts Elem School Math
and Math Curriculum Design
Science In Elementary School
and Issues Trends Elem Sch Science
Social Sci In Elem Sch
and Implementing Social Studies
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 exam, 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.
  • Assessment of basic skills: Applicants must meet current basic skills requirements of the Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP). Effective September 1, 2017, passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests of mathematics, reading and writing are required (or passing scores on all components of the previously accepted Basic Skills assessment before 9/1/17). Information about the Praxis Core tests is available online at https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed or in the Office of Student Services & Certification (104 Carmichael Hall).
  • General Studies and Teaching Field: For Alternative Class A in Elementary, applicants must have completed 12 hours of coursework in each of four areas: humanities, social science, science and mathematics. (This is called the 4 x 12 requirement.) The transcript evaluation will determine if an applicant meets the 4 x 12 requirement.
  • Fingerprinting/background clearance

Degree Requirements

This course listing applies to those who begin this program June 1, 2017. Candidates earning graduate credit prior to this date may elect to utilize this program. A minimum of 39 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 exam is required.

Hours
Curriculum and Instruction (Choose ONE course.):
CEE 532 or Elementary Sch Curric3
CEE 574 Guiding Pupil Learning
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 Elem School Scienc3
CEE 560Intro Teaching Social Studies3
CEE 570Teach Reading Elementary Schoo3
CEE 578Teach Lang Arts In Elem School3
CEE 582Teach Math Elem Altern Student3
CEE 595Practicum3
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
Internship6
Internship Elem Educ 1
Total Hours39-42

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 exam, state assessments (if applicable), and the Praxis subject assessment(s).