The EdS degree in educational leadership requires a minimum of 30 hours and provides coursework for those seeking Class AA Instructional Leader certification or Class AA Teacher Leader certification.

Admission and degree requirements for the Graduate School and for the College of Education are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog. Admission and degree requirements are subject to change and may be under revision at the time of publication. Please check with the Office of Student Services and Certification or the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies for the most current information.

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. Students should consult their advisors each semester before registering.

Admission Requirements

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 Instructional Leader (P-12) certification

Admission Requirements

To be considered, applicants must:

  1. present an acceptable GRE or MAT score (at least 300 on the GRE or the 50th percentile or above on the MAT) for regular admission,
  2. hold a valid Alabama Class A Professional Educator certificate in Instructional Leadership or a valid Class A Professional Leadership certificate, and
  3. meet one of the following criteria:
    • currently serving as a superintendent, assistant or associate superintendent, principal, assistant principal, supervisor (any subject and/or grade level), administrator of career and technical education, coordinator or evaluator;
    • three years of experience in an instructional leadership position; OR
    • demonstrate each of the abilities in the Class A Instructional Leadership standards

Please note: Classes taken for Class A certification and credits over six years old cannot be counted toward this degree. The certification programs of the department have been designed to fulfill current requirements of the Alabama State Board of Education.

In order to maintain compliance with the Alabama Board of Education, admission and program requirements are subject to change. Admission forms and requirements, specific program parameters, departmental policies and contact information can be found at the departmental website. Students should consult with their advisors before registering each semester.

Degree Requirements

This course listing applies to those who begin this program June 1, 2017, and thereafter. A comprehensive exam is required, and candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.50 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C.

Hours
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE from these SDE approved diversity courses.)3
Readings In Soc Of Ed
Critical Race Theory In Educ
Multicult Soc Ed Leadershp
Ethics And Education
Educational Research:
AEL 638Solving Problems of Practice3
Advisor-approved BER research course at the 600 level3
Instructional Support Area:
AEL 631Strategic Leadership3
AEL 632Leading Learning Through the Curriculum3
AEL 633Leading, Developing, and Mentoring for Adult Learners3
AEL 634Development and Supervision of Human Resources3
AEL 635Ethical, Legal, and Policy Issues in Schools3
AEL 636School Finance and Financial Management3
AEL 637Leadership and Social Systems3
Additional Requirements:
SPE 500 is required if a special education survey course was not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

Certification

To be awarded Alabama Class AA Instructional Leader certification, students must:

  • earn a passing score on a comprehensive exam covering the content of the program,
  • maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 (effective July 1, 2017) on all courses with no grade below a C, and
  • complete the State Department of Education certification application forms

Class AA Teacher Leader (P-12) certification

Admission Requirements

To be considered, applicants must:

  1. hold a valid master's level professional educator certificate in any teaching field or area of instructional support,
  2. have a minimum of three full years of full-time teaching experience in a P-12 setting, and
  3. submit a portfolio containing three recommendations, evidence of the ability to positively affect student achievement, and evidence of collaborative leadership potential.

Please note: Classes taken for Class A certification and credits over six years old cannot be counted toward this degree. The certification programs of the department have been designed to fulfill current requirements of the Alabama State Board of Education.

In order to maintain compliance with the Alabama Board of Education, admission and program requirements are subject to change. Admission forms and requirements, specific program parameters, departmental policies and contact information can be found at the departmental website. Students should consult with their advisors before registering each semester.

Degree Requirements

This course listing applies to those who begin this program June 1, 2017, and thereafter. A comprehensive exam is required, and candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.50 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C.

Hours
Foundations of Professional Studies:
(Choose ONE from these SDE approved diversity courses.)3
Readings In Soc Of Ed
Critical Race Theory In Educ
Multicult Soc Ed Leadershp
Ethics And Education
Educational Research:
BER 600Quant Research Methods3
Problem-based Research:
BER 660Eval I:Theory & Practice3
CIE 620Design Res Classrm Teach3
Instructional Support Area:
CIE 645Prof Cont: Tching & Lrning Com3
AEL 612Instruc Supv Mentor Trng3
SPE 613Consult Proc Spe Progs3
BEP 601Family, Sch., Community Relat.3
CRD 690Advanced Seminar Crd3
BEF 639Educ Theory And Policy3
Additional Requirements:
SPE 500 is required if a special education survey course was not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours30-33

Certification

To be awarded Alabama Class AA Teacher Leader certification, students must:

  • earn a passing score on a comprehensive exam covering the content of the program,
  • maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 (effective July 1, 2017) on all courses with no grade below a C, and
  • complete the State Department of Education certification application forms