• Graduate Studies
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Certification)    Available Online

    Program Admission Requirements

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

    I. Conditional Admission Required Courses: 9 hours

    Professional Courses

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

    II. Unconditional Admission Required Courses: 28 hours

    A. Professional Courses: 10 hours 
    • EP 500 . Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
      OR 
    • EP 506 . Life-Span Development and Learning (3) 
    • ED 508 . Technology Portfolio (1) 
    • Approved Elective in Education (3)
      OR 
    • SE 500 . Introduction to Special Education (3) * 
    • Approved 500-level elective in Education (3) 
    B. Teaching Field: 18 hours
    (This work must be in a single field of concentration)
    Biology
    History
    English Language Arts
    Mathematics
    Physical Education
    Science
    Social Science 


    (English Language Arts students must include EH 501. Research in Literary Studies (3). Students in English Language Arts must also take EH 580. Teaching Composition (3), if they have no previous credit for the course. Students majoring in English Language Arts, Science, or Social Science must take courses in at least two areas of certification.)

    (Students pursuing the M.A.T. History [Certification] must complete at least nine hours of coursework in U.S. History and nine hours of coursework in non-U.S. History. The nine hours of U.S. History must include courses covering both pre-and post-Civil War U.S. History.)

    Total Required: 37 hours


    Note(s):

    *Students who have not previously met the special education requirement must take a general survey course in special education.

    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 less than "C." 
    2. 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.

    Governance

    The Teacher Education Program and the Teacher 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.