The student who completes this program should have a desire to teach in an elementary school (K-6) or early childhood (P-3) regular education classroom. Students do not have to have any prior experience in the classroom, although a lively interest in the institution of education and the state and national policies that shape school experiences is a plus. Successful completion of the program leads to the bachelor of science in education degree and eligibility to be recommended for Alabama Class B certification in Elementary (K-6) and Early Childhood (P-3).
The undergraduate catalog is published annually. Program advising sheets are updated more frequently and are thus likely to provide the most up-to-date information on degree and other requirements. Students should obtain the most recent advising sheets, available from their academic advisers and in 104 Carmichael Hall. Further information on recommended course sequences should also be obtained from 201 Graves Hall.
This department requires the completion of at least 120 semester hours for graduation.
Teacher Education Program Admission Requirements for Elementary Education Majors
Since the fall semester of 1996, there has been a competitive admission process for entering the elementary education professional semesters. There is a limitation on enrollment for these semesters. Meeting the minimum criteria for the teacher education program (TEP) does not guarantee admission to these professional semesters. See program for admission procedures.
The student must complete the TEP application form, available from personnel in 104 Carmichael Hall. The minimum requirements are listed at the beginning of the College of Education section.
NOTE: The faculty reserves the right to make exceptions to the listed criteria based on individual circumstances. However, minimum Alabama State Department of Education requirements found elsewhere in this catalog must still be met.
Additional requirements include:
- each student must earn a grade of C or higher in all University core courses
- each student must successfully complete MUE 107 Basic Skills In Music or a proficiency examination
- each student must have a C or higher in every professional studies and teaching field course; a student must successfully petition the department to retake any education course in which he or she earned less than a C
- each student must select an additional course from the general studies natural science requirements for a total of at least 12 semester hours; preferred are four semester hours in biological science and eight semester hours in physical/interdisciplinary science.
- each student must select additional mathematics courses from the general studies list for a total of 12 semester hours of MATH-designated courses
|MATH 208||Number And Operations||3|
|MATH 209||Geometry & Measurement||3|
|MATH 210||Data Analysis Probabil Stats||3|
|MATH 100||Intermediate Algebra||3|
|BER 345||Educational Statistics||3|
General Studies (60 Hours)
Professional Studies and Teaching Field
The University of Alabama GPA — and, if transfer work, the overall GPA — must be at least 2.75 in the professional studies and teaching field courses. A student may not enroll in more than five professional studies courses before he or she has received unconditional admission to the TEP.
All required English coursework must have been completed before Professional Semester 1.
Professional Semester 1
|BEF 362||School, Culture, and Society 1||3|
|BEP 305||Educational Psychology 1||3|
|CEE 320||Survey Elementary Eductn 2||3|
|SPE 300||Survey Spe Accomd Stratg 1||3|
|CEE 491||Early Childhood Curr. & Inst. 2||3|
|CRD 369||Foundations of Reading Instruction for Early Childhood and Elementary Children 2||3|
|MUE 385||Tchg Music Elementary Schools 2||3|
NOTE: MUE 107 Basic Skills In Music is a prerequisite to MUE 385 Tchg Music Elementary Schools; however, students with previous musical training may elect to demonstrate equivalent skills through testing. Arrangements for testing can be made by contacting the Music Education office at (205) 348-6054.
NOTE: Students formally apply to the Teacher Education Program during CEE 320 Survey Elementary Eductn and should meet requirements at this time. Applications are available from Student Services located at 104 Carmichael Hall. Check TEP requirements above for additional information.
All required mathematics coursework must be completed prior to Professional Semester 2.
Professional Semester 2
|CEE 401||Managing Effective Classrooms||1.5|
|CEE 365||Literature For Children||3|
|CEE 370||Teaching Reading Elem School||3|
|CEE 380||Teaching Elem Math||3|
|KIN 364||P E Elem Sch Elem Ed Maj||3|
All required science and social science/humanities coursework must be completed prior to Professional Semester 3.
Professional Semester 3
|BER 450||Assess Of Classrm Learng||3|
|CEE 401||Managing Effective Classrooms||1.5|
|CEE 304||Teach Elem School Scienc||3|
|CEE 366||Teaching Social Sciences||3|
|CEE 478||Teach Lang Arts In Elem School||3|
|CEE 496||Senior Practicum||3|
Professional Semester 4
|CEE 497||Internship Elem School 1||12|
Elementary education students are required to complete two internship placements; therefore, students should enroll in equal hours of two sections of CEE 497 Internship Elem School. An adviser should be consulted for appropriate internship hours.
Middle School (4-8) Endorsement on Elementary (K-6) Certificate
By completing additional requirements, a student fulfilling the requirements for elementary school (K-6) certification may also obtain middle school certification. The additional requirements of the middle school endorsement program may be secured in 104 Carmichael Hall.
Our graduates are certified to teach Elementary (kindergarten through 6th grade) and Early Childhood (preschool through 3rd grade) in Alabama.
Types of Jobs Accepted
Graduates accept jobs in public and private elementary and middle schools in Alabama and may apply for jobs in other states that have signed a compact for reciprocal certification.
Jobs of Experienced Alumni
Alumni often return for additional degrees or certifications. They can then work as special educators, reading specialists, curriculum specialists, counselors, administrators or educational psychologists.