• Elementary Education 05
  • Master of Education (Non-Certification) Early Childhood Development

    This degree does not qualify a student for any teaching certificate in the State of Alabama. Out-of-state students should check carefully the certification requirements of their respective states. To be admitted to this program, the prospective student must meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, a successful background clearance through ABI/FBI, and hold a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood or related field.

    I. Conditional Admission Required Courses: 9 hours

    A. Professional Courses: 9 hours

    • ED 500. Foundations of Education (3)
      ED 501. Educational Planning (3)
    • ED 504. Techniques of Educational Research (3)
      ED 505. Technology and Education (3)
    • ED 506. Educational Statistics (3) 

    II. Unconditional Admission Required Courses: 25 hours


    A. Professional Courses: 10 hours

    • ED 508. Technology Portfolio (1)
    • EE 500. Teaching Reading (3)
    • EP 500. Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
      EP 506. Life-Span Development and Learning (3)
    • Approved Elective in Education (3)
      SE 500. Introduction to Special Education (3) 

    B. Teaching Field: 15 hours
    • CE 512. Planning Programs for Early Education (3)
    • Approved electives (from the 500 level) in Early Childhood (12 hours)

    Total Required: 34 hours



    • Students who have not previously met the special education requirement must take a general survey course in special education in addition to the above requirements.
    • This program is also offered online.

    Program Completion Requirements

    The student shall:
    1. Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better in all courses in the approved program as verified on an official transcript with no grade below “C”.
    2. Make a satisfactory score on a written comprehensive examination documenting mastery of the curriculum of the program.