Special education graduate programs are designed to help establish, maintain, and improve educational services to exceptional children by providing exemplary personnel resources. Courses of study leading to the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree and Class AA professional educator certification in the education of exceptional children are offered.

Traditional Class AA programs are available in

  • collaborative education
  • early childhood special education
  • gifted and talented

Admission

In addition to meeting the Graduate School's admission requirements, a student interested in the EDS program must have earned a master's degree with appropriate prerequisite Class A certification.

In addition to meeting admission requirements for the Graduate School and the College of Education, students interested in the special education programs should also be aware of the admission requirements established by the Alabama Department of Education.

Collaborative (K-6, 6-12), Class AA

This course listing applies to candidates having appropriate prior certification who begin this 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 3.50 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C. Credits used for the previous Class A support certificate may not be used for this program.

For admission, applicants must hold valid master's level certification in a teaching field. Candidates admitted to the Class AA program without prior Class A certification in collaborative or an approved area of special education must take the following courses in addition to the coursework below: SPE 590, SPE 591 or SPE 592, SPE 594, SPE 501 (or the equivalent), and SPE 596. Up to three semester hours of the prerequisite work may be used to meet the elective requirements in this program. Passing scores on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment(s) are required if changing areas of certification.

Hours
Curriculum and Teaching:
SPE 613Consult Proc Spe Progs3
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 540Statistical Methods In Educ3
BER 631Inqry As Interp: Qual I3
BER 660Eval I:Theory & Practice3
Teaching Field:
SPE 623Issues in Collaborative Education3
SPE 624Adv. Curr. Workshop: Collab.3
SPE 616Adv. Professional Development3
SPE 617SPE Leadership3
SPE 606Topical Seminar In Spe3
Additional requirements/electives:
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 Hours33-36

Early Childhood Special Education (P-3), Class AA

This course listing applies to candidates having appropriate prior certification who begin this 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 3.50 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C. Credits used for the previous Class A support certificate may not be used for this program.

For admission, applicants must hold valid master's level certification in a teaching field. Candidates admitted to the Class AA program without prior Class A certification in early childhood special education must take the following courses in addition to the coursework below: SPE 576 (or its equivalent), SPE 571, SPE 578, SPE 594, and SPE 579. Up to three semester hours of the prerequisite work may be used to meet the elective requirements in this program. Passing scores on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment(s) are required if changing areas of certification.

Hours
Required courses:
SPE 613Consult Proc Spe Progs3
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 540Statistical Methods In Educ3
BER 631Inqry As Interp: Qual I3
BER 660Eval I:Theory & Practice3
Teaching Field:
SPE 606Topical Seminar In Spe3
SPE 616Adv. Professional Development3
SPE 617SPE Leadership3
SPE 621Issues in Special Education: Early Childhood3
SPE 622Advanced Curriculum Workshop: Early Childhood Special Education3
Additional requirements/electives:
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 Hours33-36

Gifted (P-12), Class AA

This course listing applies to candidates having appropriate prior certification who begin this 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 3.50 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C. Credits used for the previous Class A support certificate may not be used for this program.

For admission, applicants must hold valid master's level certification in a teaching field. Candidates admitted to the Class AA program without prior certification in gifted must take the following courses in addition to the coursework below: SPE 581, SPE 582, SPE 583, SPE 501 (or its equivalent), and SPE 589 (S.E.W.). Up to three semester hours of the prerequisite work may be used to meet the elective requirements in this program. Passing scores on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment(s) are required if changing areas of certification.

Hours
Required courses:
SPE 613Consult Proc Spe Progs3
SPE 617SPE Leadership3
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 540Statistical Methods In Educ3
BER 631Inqry As Interp: Qual I3
Teaching Field:
SPE 681Issues In Gifted Educ3
SPE 612Readg Research In Spe6
SPE 682Adv Curr Workshp Gift Educatio6
Additional requirements/electives:
Advisor approved elective (SPE 606 Bibliotherapy is recommended.)3
SPE 500 is required if a special education survey course was not part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program.0-3
Total Hours33-36

Certification

The Alabama State Board of Education grants Class AA professional educator certification in special education (collaborative, early childhood special education, or gifted). To be eligible, students must hold appropriate Class A certification and must complete all requirements for the EDS degree in the chosen program as described in this catalog, including a comprehensive exam and the Praxis subject assessment(s) (if applicable).