Students who complete this dual certification program should have a desire to teach in an elementary school (K-6) or early childhood (P-3) regular education classroom. Prior experience in the classroom is not required, 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 advisors 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
Recommended Courses
MATH 208Number And Operations3
MATH 209Geometry & Measurement3
MATH 210Data Analysis Probabil Stats3
Unacceptable Courses
MATH 100Intermediate Algebra3
BER 345Educational Statistics3

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

Professional Studies
BEF 362School, Culture, and Society 13
BEP 305Educational Psychology 13
CEE 320Survey Elementary Eductn 23
SPE 300Survey Spe Accomd Stratg 13
Teaching Field
CEE 491Early Childhood Curr. & Inst. 23
CRD 369Found of Rdg P-6 23
MUE 385Tchg Music Elementary Schools 23
Total Hours21

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

Professional Studies
CEE 401Managing Effective Classrooms1.5
Teaching Field
CEE 365Literature For Children3
CEE 370Teaching Reading Elem School3
CEE 380Teaching Elem Math3
CEE 495Practicum3
KIN 364P E Elem Sch Elem Ed Maj3
Total Hours16.5

All required science and social science/humanities coursework must be completed prior to Professional Semester 3.

Professional Semester 3

Professional Studies
BER 450Assess Of Classrm Learng3
CEE 401Managing Effective Classrooms1.5
Teaching Field
CEE 304Teach Elem School Scienc3
CEE 366Teaching Social Sciences3
CEE 478Teach Lang Arts In Elem School3
CEE 496Senior Practicum3
Total Hours16.5

Professional Semester 4

CEE 497Internship Elem School 16
CEE 497Internship Elem School 16
Total Hours12

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.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center