Traditional Class A and Alternative Class A certification programs in Secondary Education (6-12) are available in

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

Also offered is a master's degree program leading to Class A certification as a Reading Specialist (P-12).

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.

Requirements for Secondary Education Teaching Fields

Traditional Class A Programs

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting admission requirements for the Graduate School and the College of Education, applicants must hold appropriate prior certification (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.

Class A Certification

The Alabama State Board of Education grants Class A 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 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.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 hours of course credit must be earned; see specific program checklists. The program of study must be planned with an advisor.

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 B General Science certification who completes teaching field coursework only in biology must earn a passing score on the Praxis for biology to earn Class A Biology certification. Individuals who intend to earn Class AA certification in a secondary education field must hold valid Class A certification in the same teaching field as the Class AA program.

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 3.25 on all courses in the program below, with no grade below a C.

Biology (6-12)

Hours
Required courses:
CSE 530Mod Sec School Program3
CSE 576Improving Science Teaching3
CSE 565Improvg Science Instr3
Teaching field courses (graduate level)12
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 500Intro Educatn Research3
Additional requirements:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
SPE 500 is only required if a survey of special education course was not taken as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

Chemistry (6-12)

Hours
Required courses:
CSE 530Mod Sec School Program3
CSE 576Improving Science Teaching3
CSE 565Improvg Science Instr3
Teaching field courses (graduate level, advisor approved)12
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 500 or Intro Educatn Research3
CSE 595 Practicum
Additional requirements:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
SPE 500 is only required if a survey of special education course was not taken as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

English Language Arts (6-12)

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 530Mod Sec School Program3
CSE 563Improvg English Instr3
Teaching field courses (graduate level EN, JN, COM or TH) *12
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 500Intro Educatn Research3
Additional requirements/electives:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
Advisor approved elective3
SPE 500 is only required if a survey of special education course was not taken as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

English for Speakers of Other Languages (P-12)

Hours
Required Courses:
CIE 582Dev Util Instr Matrls3
Foundations of Professional Studies:
BEF 534Multicultural Education *3
Technology:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
Educational Research:
CIE 578Second Lang Test Assess Evaln3
Teaching Field:
CIE 579Tch English For Lang Prog/Pol3
CIE 576Linguistics Classroom Teachers3
CIE 577Second Language Acquisition3
Choose ONE from CRD 510 or CRD 511 or CEE 565 or CSE 5553
Internship:
CIE 597Elementary/Secondary Internsh6
Additional Requirements:
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course was not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

French, German, Latin, OR Spanish (6-12)

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 530Mod Sec School Program3
CIE 567Improv Foreign Lang Instruct3
Teaching field courses in one foreign language (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose BEF 534 or ONE advisor-approved course from these SDE approved diversity courses.)3
Multicultural Education
History Of Amer Educn
Sociology Of Education
Found Educn Through Film
Readings In Soc Of Ed
Critical Race Theory In Educ
Multicult Soc Ed Leadershp
Ethics And Education
Educational Research:
CIE 578 or Second Lang Test Assess Evaln3
BER 500 Intro Educatn Research
Additional requirements/electives:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
Advisor-approved elective3
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course as not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

French, German, Latin, OR Spanish (P-12)

Hours
Required Courses:
CEE 574Guiding Pupil Learning3
CSE 530Mod Sec School Program3
CIE 567Improv Foreign Lang Instruct3
CIE 578Second Lang Test Assess Evaln3
Teaching field courses in ONE foreign language (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose BEF 534 or ONE advisor-approved course from these SDE approved diversity courses.)3
Multicultural Education
History Of Amer Educn
Sociology Of Education
Found Educn Through Film
Readings In Soc Of Ed
Critical Race Theory In Educ
Multicult Soc Ed Leadershp
Ethics And Education
Additional requirements:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course as not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

General Science (6-12)

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 530Mod Sec School Program3
CSE 576Improving Science Teaching3
CSE 565Improvg Science Instr3
Teaching field courses (graduate level BSC, CH, PH, or GEO) *12
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 500 or Intro Educatn Research3
CSE 595 Practicum
Additional requirements:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
SPE 500 is only required if a survey of special education course was not taken as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

General Social Science (6-12)

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 530Mod Sec School Program3
CSE 564Imprvg Soc Sci Instr3
Teaching field courses (graduate level HY, SOC, PY, PSC, GY or EC) *12
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 500Intro Educatn Research3
Additional requirements/electives:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
Advisor approved elective3
SPE 500 is only required if a survey of special education course was not taken as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

Geography (6-12)

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 530Mod Sec School Program3
CSE 564Imprvg Soc Sci Instr3
Teaching field courses (graduate level, advisor approved)12
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 500Intro Educatn Research3
Additional requirements/electives:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
Advisor approved elective3
SPE 500 is only required if a survey of special education course was not taken as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

History (6-12)

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 530Mod Sec School Program3
CSE 564Imprvg Soc Sci Instr3
Teaching field courses (graduate level)12
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 500Intro Educatn Research3
Additional requirements/electives:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
Advisor approved elective3
SPE 500 is only required if a survey of special education course was not taken as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

Mathematics (6-12)

Hours
Required Courses:
CSE 530Mod Sec School Program3
CSE 566Impv Math Instr3
CSE 575Devlpn Math Teaching w/Tech3
Teaching field courses (graduate level, advisor approved)12
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 500Intro Educatn Research3
Additional requirements/electives:
CAT 531 or advisor approved elective3
SPE 500 is only required if a survey of special education course was not taken as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

Physics (6-12)

Hours
Required courses:
CSE 530Mod Sec School Program3
CSE 576Improving Science Teaching3
CSE 565Improvg Science Instr3
Teaching field courses (graduate level, advisor approved)12
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 500 or Intro Educatn Research3
CSE 595 Practicum
Additional requirements:
CAT 531Computer Based Instruction3
SPE 500 is only required if a survey of special education course was not taken as part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

Reading Specialist (P-12)*

Hours
Foundations of Professional Studies:
CIE 577Second Language Acquisition **3
Instructional Support Area:
CRD 510Expanding Reading3
CRD 511Beginning Reading3
CEE 565 or Classics & Modern Lit3
CSE 555 Adolescent Literature
CEE 517 or Lang Arts In Elemy Sch3
CSE 563 Improvg English Instr
CRD 590Seminar In Literacy Coaching3
CRD 654At Risk Readers3
Educational Research:
BER 500 or Intro Educatn Research3
BER 550 Eval Classroom Learning
or advisor-approved research course
Internship and Practicum:
CRD 593Practicum in Literacy Coaching3
CRD 595Practicum In Reading3
CRD 695Adv Practicum Readg Education3
CRD 696Adv Reading Specialist Practic3
Additional requirements:
SPE 500 is only required if a special education survey course was not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours36-39

Alternative Class A (Master's-Level), Nontraditional, Initial Teacher Certification Program

The department of Curriculum & Instruction offers Alternative Class A programs that do not require prior certification in a teaching field. These programs lead to Alabama Class A certification in Secondary Education (6-12) and are designed to allow individuals with undergraduate degrees in non-teaching fields to enter the field of education.

Admission

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.

Admission to an Alternative Class A program requires admission to the Graduate School and the completion of specified undergraduate prerequisite courses. For admission to the Alternative Class A (non-traditional) program in secondary 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 and other requirements.
  • 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).
  • Teaching Field: For single teaching fields at the secondary level (6-12), applicants must have an academic content major (or the equivalent) in the teaching field OR passing scores on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment. For comprehensive teaching fields at the secondary level (English Language Arts, General Science, or General Social Science), applicants must have an academic content major (or the equivalent) in the teaching field plus one course in each of the four areas of the teaching field OR passing scores on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment. For English for Speakers of Other Languages (P-12), applicants must have an academic content major (or the equivalent) in English or a foreign language OR passing scores on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment. The transcript evaluation will determine if an applicant meets the teaching field requirement.
  • Fingerprinting/background clearance

Alternative Class A Certification

The Alabama State Board of Education grants Class A professional educator certification in Secondary Education (6-12) teaching fields and P-12 teaching fields. 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).

Alternative Class A Requirements

A minimum of 42 semester hours of specific graduate credit plus some undergraduate prerequisites are required for the certificate. The program of study must be planned with an advisor.

These course listings apply to candidates having completed a baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited college or university who begin the program 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 3.25 on all courses in the program below, with no grade below a C.

Biology (6-12), Alternative Class A

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
CSE 565Improvg Science Instr3
CSE 592Field Work3
CSE 586Teach Sec School Science3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed *3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
BER 550Eval Classroom Learning3
Literacy:
CRD 512Impr Read Second Schools3
Special Education coursework:
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Full-time Internship:
CSE 597Internship6
Total Hours36-39

Chemistry (6-12), Alternative Class A

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
CSE 565Improvg Science Instr3
CSE 592Field Work3
CSE 586Teach Sec School Science3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed *3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
BER 550Eval Classroom Learning3
Literacy:
CRD 512Impr Read Second Schools3
Special Education coursework:
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Full-time Internship:
CSE 597Internship6
Total Hours36-39

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

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
CIE 579Tch English For Lang Prog/Pol3
CIE 562Tesol: Basic Methods3
CIE 582Dev Util Instr Matrls3
Teaching Field:
CIE 576Linguistics Classroom Teachers3
CIE 577Second Language Acquisition3
CIE 592Field Work3
Summer Block in Cultural and Linguistic Immersion: Choose CIE 594 via Summer FL Study Abroad OR one advisor approved graduate course providing immersion in a foreign language and/or culture. 3
Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed *3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
CIE 578Second Lang Test Assess Evaln3
Literacy:
CRD 512Impr Read Second Schools3
Special Education coursework:
SPE 500 is required unless SPE 300 was completed prior to unconditional admission to this program.0-3
Full-time Internship:
CIE 597Elementary/Secondary Internsh6
Total Hours36-39

English Language Arts (6-12), Alternative Class A

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
CSE 579Teach Sec School English3
CSE 592Field Work3
CSE 563Improvg English Instr3
Teaching field courses (graduate level EN, JN, COM, or TH) **12
Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed *3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
BER 550Eval Classroom Learning3
Literacy:
CRD 512Impr Read Second Schools3
Special Education coursework:
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Full-time Internship:
CSE 597Internship6
Total Hours36-39

French, German, Latin, or Spanish (6-12)-Alternative Class A

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
CIE 567Improv Foreign Lang Instruct3
CIE 580Teaching Foreign Languages *3
CIE 592Field Work *3
Teaching field courses in ONE foreign language (advisor approved, graduate level) ***12
Foundations of Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed **3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
CIE 578Second Lang Test Assess Evaln3
Literacy:
CRD 512Impr Read Second Schools3
Special Education coursework:
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Full-time Internship:
CSE 597Internship6
Total Hours36-39

French, German, Latin, or Spanish (P-12)-Alternative Class A

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
CIE 567Improv Foreign Lang Instruct3
CIE 580Teaching Foreign Languages *3
CIE 592Field Work *3
Teaching field courses in ONE foreign language (advisor approved, graduate level) ***12
Foundations of Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed **3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
CIE 578Second Lang Test Assess Evaln3
Literacy:
CRD 512Impr Read Second Schools3
Special Education coursework:
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Full-time Internship:
CIE 597Elementary/Secondary Internsh6
Total Hours36-39

General Science (6-12), Alternative Class A

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
CSE 565Improvg Science Instr3
CSE 586Teach Sec School Science3
CSE 592Field Work3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level BSC, CH, PH, or GEO) **12
Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed *3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
BER 550Eval Classroom Learning3
Literacy:
CRD 512Impr Read Second Schools3
Special Education coursework:
SPE 500 is required unless SPE 300 was completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Full-time Internship:
CSE 597Internship6
Total Hours36-39

General Social Science (6-12), Alternative Class A

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
CSE 587Teach Sec School Soc Sci3
CSE 592Field Work3
CSE 564Imprvg Soc Sci Instr3
CSE 585Inquiry in Social Studies3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level) **12
Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed *3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
BER 550Eval Classroom Learning3
Literacy:
CRD 512Impr Read Second Schools3
Special Education coursework:
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Full-time internship:
CSE 597Internship6
Total Hours39-42

Geography (6-12), Alternative Class A

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
CSE 587Teach Sec School Soc Sci3
CSE 592Field Work3
CSE 564Imprvg Soc Sci Instr3
CSE 585Inquiry in Social Studies3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed *3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
BER 550Eval Classroom Learning3
Literacy:
CRD 512Impr Read Second Schools3
Special Education coursework:
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Full-time Internship:
CSE 597Internship6
Total Hours39-42

History (6-12), Alternative Class A

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
CSE 587Teach Sec School Soc Sci3
CSE 592Field Work3
CSE 564Imprvg Soc Sci Instr3
CSE 585Inquiry in Social Studies3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed *3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
BER 550Eval Classroom Learning3
Literacy:
CRD 512Impr Read Second Schools3
Special Education coursework:
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Full-time Internship:
CSE 597Internship6
Total Hours39-42

Mathematics (6-12), Alternative Class A

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
CSE 583Teach Sec School Math3
CSE 592Field Work3
CSE 566Impv Math Instr3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed *3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
BER 550Eval Classroom Learning3
Literacy:
CRD 512Impr Read Second Schools3
Special Education coursework:
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Full-time Internship:
CSE 597Internship6
Total Hours36-39

Physics (6-12), Alternative Class A

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
CSE 565Improvg Science Instr3
CSE 592Field Work3
CSE 586Teach Sec School Science3
Teaching field courses (advisor approved, graduate level)12
Professional Studies:
BEF 510Phil Hist Socl Founds Ed *3
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning:
BER 550Eval Classroom Learning3
Literacy:
CRD 512Impr Read Second Schools3
Special Education coursework:
SPE 500 is required if SPE 300 was not completed prior to unconditional admission.0-3
Full-time Internship:
CSE 597Internship6
Total Hours36-39

Postsecondary Instruction

Graduate students in the MA 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.