• Elementary
  • Education Specialist
    Elementary Education Program Requirements   Available Online 

    All students seeking certification in any field shall be required to complete a general survey course in Special Education (3 semester hours) if such a course was not a part of their undergraduate program or another graduate program. A research component including research and/or field work will be an integral part of all specialist programs in education.

    A candidate who took a course for credit in a master’s level program cannot take the same course for credit in the education specialist program. Completion of sixth-year programs requires at least 30 semester hours of credit not used for prior level certification in the same teaching field.

    Program Admission Requirements

    The candidate shall:
    • Meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
    • Provide verification of background clearance/fingerprints.
    • Hold a valid master’s level Professional Educator Certificate in Elementary Education.
    • Have had recent experience in the area of specialization.
    I. Professional Courses: 12 hours

    • ED 601. Curriculum Design (3)
    • ED 602. The Legal Context of Education (3)
    • ED 603. Leadership for Enhanced Student Achievement (3)
    • ED 604. Advanced Educational Research (3) 

    II. Teaching Field: 21 hours

    • EE 620. Teaching the Diverse Learner (3)
    • EE 621. Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (3)
    • EE 622. Learning Theory and Instructional Practice in Elementary Mathematics and Science (3)
    • EE 623. Best Practices in Language Arts (3)
    • EE 624. Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Programs (3)
    • EE 627. Educational Assessment (3)
    • EE 628. School Reform Models in Elementary Schools (3) 
    Total Required: 33 hours


    • Students who have not previously met the special education requirement must take a general survey course in special education (SE 500).
    • A teacher with a valid bachelor’s level Professional Educator Certificate in elementary education and a valid master’s level Professional Educator Certificate in reading may be unconditionally admitted to a Class AA program in elementary education.
    • This program is also offered online.

    Program Completion Requirements

    The following requirements must be met prior to completion of the sixth-year programs.

    The candidate shall:
    • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in all courses in the approved program as verified on an official transcript with no grade less than “C.”
    • Make a satisfactory score on a written comprehensive examination documenting mastery of the curriculum of the teacher education program.
    • Demonstrate leadership ability in his or her area of specialization.
    • Hold a valid master’s level Professional Educator Certificate in Elementary Education.
    Additional Information. If an individual completes an Alabama Education Specialist program based on a master’s level certificate from another state and applies for Alabama certification at the Class AA level, the individual must earn an Alabama Class A (master’s level) Professional Educator Certificate prior to applying for the Class AA certificate.