Programs leading to Class AA certification in Secondary Education (6-12) are available in

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • English Language Arts (comprehensive)
  • Foreign Language (French or Spanish)
  • General Science (comprehensive)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Science (comprehensive)

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission requires appropriate, prerequisite master's level certification.

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.

Class AA Certification

The Alabama State Board of Education grants Class AA professional educator certification in Secondary Education (6-12) teaching fields and P-12 teaching fields. To be eligible, candidates must hold appropriate prerequisite certification and must complete all requirements of the State-approved program, including a comprehensive exam. According to Alabama regulations, individuals admitted to a Class AA program based on a professional educator certificate from another state must earn the prerequisite Alabama certification before applying for Alabama Class AA (specialist level) certification.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 hours of appropriate work beyond the MA degree and the completion of a research project are required for the educational specialist degree.

Students must be certain that their planned programs meet all certification requirements according to programs approved by the state department of education. Approved program checklists are available from the program office.

NOTE: The comprehensive fields of general science, general social science, and English language arts require at least one course in two areas within the broader field as follows:

  • English language arts must include courses from at least two of the following areas: EN, JN, COM or TH
  • General science must include courses from at least two of the following areas: BSC, CH, PH or GEO.
  • General social science must include courses from at least two of the following areas: HY, SOC, PY, PSC, GY or EC

Candidates moving from the comprehensive fields of general science or general social science to a single teaching field must earn passing scores on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment for certification in the single teaching field. For example, a student admitted with Class A general science certification who completes teaching field coursework only in physics must earn a passing score on the Praxis for physics to earn Class AA physics certification.

These course listings apply to candidates having appropriate prior certification who begin this program at UA on June 1, 2017. Candidates earning graduate credit prior to this date may elect to utilize this program. Candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.50 on all courses in the program below, with no grade below a C.

Biology (6-12), Class AA

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 665Sec School Science3
CSE 670Res & Theory In Sec Ed3
CSE 693 or Advanced Workshop3
CSE 697 Specialist Degree Res
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE of these 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:
Choose BER 540, BER 600, or BER 631.3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Additional Requirements:
CIE 625Res Sem Science Curriculum3
CIE 620Design Res Classrm Teach3
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course was not completed as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours33-36

Chemistry (6-12), Class AA

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 665Sec School Science3
CSE 670Res & Theory In Sec Ed3
CSE 693 or Advanced Workshop3
CSE 697 Specialist Degree Res
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE of these 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:
Choose BER 540, BER 600, or BER 631.3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Additional Requirements:
CIE 625Res Sem Science Curriculum3
CIE 620Design Res Classrm Teach3
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course was not completed as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours33-36

English Language Arts (6-12), Class AA

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 663Sec School English3
CSE 670Res & Theory In Sec Ed3
CSE 693 or Advanced Workshop3
CSE 697 Specialist Degree Res
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE of these 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:
Choose BER 540, BER 600, or BER 631.3
Teaching field courses in at least two fields (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Additional Requirements:
CRD 690Advanced Seminar Crd3
or advisor approved elective
SPE 500 is required if a special education survey course was not completed as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

English for Speakers of Other Languages (P-12), Class AA

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
Required 3-hour course (see advisor)3
Choose ONE option: OPTION1: CEE 687 and CEE 697 or OPTION 2: CSE 670 and CSE 693 or CSE 6976
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE of these 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:
Choose BER 540, BER 600, or BER 631.3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Additional Requirements/Electives:
Advisor approved elective (600-level)3
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course was not completed as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

French or Spanish (6-12), Class AA

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
Required 3-hour course (see advisor)3
CSE 670Res & Theory In Sec Ed3
CSE 693 or Advanced Workshop3
CSE 697 Specialist Degree Res
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE of these 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:
Choose BER 540, BER 600, or BER 631.3
Teaching field courses in ONE foreign language (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Additional Requirements:
CIE 656Sem For Language Eductn Resear3
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course was not completed as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

French or Spanish (P-12), Class AA

Hours
Required Courses:
Required 3-hour course (see advisor)3
Choose ONE option: OPTION1: CEE 687 and CEE 697 or OPTION 2: CSE 670 and CSE 693 or CSE 6976
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE of these 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 540 or Statistical Methods In Educ3
BER 631 Inqry As Interp: Qual I
Teaching field courses in ONE foreign langauge (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Additional Requirements:
CIE 656Sem For Language Eductn Resear3
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course was not completed as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

General Science (6-12), Class AA

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 665Sec School Science3
CSE 670Res & Theory In Sec Ed3
CSE 693 or Advanced Workshop3
CSE 697 Specialist Degree Res
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE of these 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:
Choose BER 540, BER 600, or BER 631.3
Teaching field courses in at least two areas-BSC, PH, CH, or GEO (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Additional Requirements:
CIE 625Res Sem Science Curriculum3
CIE 620Design Res Classrm Teach3
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course was not completed as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours33-36

General Social Science (6-12), Class AA

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 664Sec Sch Social Science3
CSE 670Res & Theory In Sec Ed3
CSE 693 or Advanced Workshop3
CSE 697 Specialist Degree Res
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE of these 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:
Choose BER 540, BER 600, or BER 631.3
Teaching field courses in at least two fields-HY, SOC, PY, PSC, GY, or EC (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Additional Requirements:
CIE 626Res Sem Social Studies Curricl3
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course was not completed as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

Geography (6-12), Class AA

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 664Sec Sch Social Science3
CSE 670Res & Theory In Sec Ed3
CSE 693 or Advanced Workshop3
CSE 697 Specialist Degree Res
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE of these 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:
Educational Research: Choose BER 540, BER 600, or BER 631.3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Additional Requirements:
CIE 626Res Sem Social Studies Curricl3
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course was not completed as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

History (6-12), Class AA

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 664Sec Sch Social Science3
CSE 670Res & Theory In Sec Ed3
CSE 693 or Advanced Workshop3
CSE 697 Specialist Degree Res
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE of these 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:
Choose BER 540, BER 600, or BER 631.3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Additional Requirements:
CIE 626Res Sem Social Studies Curricl3
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course was not completed as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

Mathematics (6-12), Class AA

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 666Sec School Mathematics3
CSE 670Res & Theory In Sec Ed3
CIE 680Sem In Math Educ Research3
CSE 693 or Advanced Workshop3
CSE 697 Specialist Degree Res
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE of these 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:
Choose two from BER 540, BER 600, and BER 631.6
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)10-12
Additional Requirements:
CSE 675 is required if CSE 575 was not completed in the MA program.0-3
SPE 500 is required if a special education survey course was not completed as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours31-39

Physics (6-12), Class AA

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 665Sec School Science3
CSE 670Res & Theory In Sec Ed3
CSE 693 or Advanced Workshop3
CSE 697 Specialist Degree Res
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE of these 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:
Choose BER 540, BER 600, or BER 631.3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Additional Requirements:
CIE 620Design Res Classrm Teach3
CIE 625Res Sem Science Curriculum3
SPE 500 is required if a special education survey course was not completed as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours33-36

Postsecondary Instruction

Graduate students in the EdS program who have an interest in teaching in postsecondary institutions may take advantage of the program's flexibility to acquire a maximum of 18 hours in cognate field courses. Students who have this option in mind should coordinate the program of study carefully with their advisors.