• Graduate Studies
  • Master of Education
    High School (6-12) Certification Program Requirements    Available Online  

    Program Admission Requirements

    To be admitted to these programs, the prospective educator candidate must meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, including fingerprints/verification of background clearance, and hold a valid bachelor’s level Professional Educator Certificate in the same teaching field(s) in which the Class A Professional Educator Certificate is sought.

    I. Professional Courses: 19 hours
    • ED 500. Foundations of Education (3)
    • ED 501. Educational Planning (3)
    • ED 504. Techniques of Educational Research (3)
    • ED 506. Educational Statistics (3)
    • ED 505. Technology and Education (3)
    • ED 508. Technology Portfolio (1)
    • EP 500. Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
    • EP 506. Life-Span Development and Learning (3)
    • SE 500. Introduction to Special Education (3)
    • Approved 500-level elective in Education (3)
    • Approved 500-level elective in Education (3)
    II. Teaching Field Courses: 15 hours
    • Biology
    • History
    • English Language Arts 
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Science
    English Language Arts educator candidates must include EH 501. Research in Literary Studies (3). Educator candidates in English Language Arts must also take EH 580. Teaching Composition (3), if they have no previous credit for the course. Educator candidates pursuing the MEd. History [Certification] must complete at least six hours of coursework in U.S. History and six hours of coursework in non-U.S. History. The six hours of U.S. History must include courses covering both pre-and post-Civil War U.S. History. Educator candidates majoring in English Language Arts, Science, or Social Science must take courses in at least two areas of certification.

    Total Required: 34 hours

    • *Educator candidates who have not previously met the special education requirement must take a general survey course in special education.
    • This program is also offered online.
    Program Completion Requirements

    The educator candidate shall:
    • 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.”
    • Make a satisfactory score on a written comprehensive examination documenting mastery of the curriculum of the program.
    Requirements for Alabama Class A Certification
    • Meet all program requirements.
    • Hold a valid bachelor’s level professional educator certificate in the same teaching field(s) in which the Class A Professional Educator Certificate is sought.
    • Have an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution documenting an earned master’s degree.

    The Educator Preparation Program and the Educator Certification Program are governed by the Alabama State Department of Education, and the College of Education reserves the right to change requirements in these programs at any time when such changes are mandated by the State Department.