Department of Teaching, Leadership, & Technology
Professors Cost, Thrower, Whitsett, Williams; Associate Professors Alexiou-Ray, Cook, Ratchford, Raulston, Smajic; Assistant Professors Davis, Ploessl, A. Samuels, G. Samuels, Shanks, Taylor; Instructor: Gilmore.
Elizabeth Thrower, Chair
Wills Hall, Room 216
The Mission of the College of Education is to prepare highly skilled, knowledgeable, and continually developing undergraduate and graduate candidates who make informed decisions, use current evidence and research based practices, and promote healthy and equitable communities through careers in counseling, exercise and nutrition science, family and consumer sciences, leadership, teaching, and technology.
This department offers three degree options and one certificate option.
Alternative Masters in Education
The Alternative Masters option is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree, but do not hold a teaching certificate. This option leads to a master’s degree plus Class A initial certification.
Traditional Masters in Education
The Traditional Master’s option is designed for students who hold Class B teaching certification. This option leads to a Master’s degree and Class A advanced certification. Students can complete a traditional Master’s program in their teaching field or in instructional leadership at the Master’s level.
Instructional Leadership, Class A Certification Program (Reduced Hours Option)
The Reduced Hours Option (RHO) in Instructional Leadership is designed for students who currently hold a Class A in a teaching field or in another area of instruction support, and who desire to add an additional Class A in Instructional Leadership. The student would be able to earn the additional Class A in Instructional Leadership in 18-21 hours.
There are two options under the Educational Specialist category: EdS with certification and EdS without certification. The Educational Specialist option is designed for students who currently hold a Master’s Degree and/or Class A certification. All the specialist programs are recognized degrees by the Alabama State Department of Education for salary compensation. The Instructional Leadership and Teacher Leadership programs also lead to Class AA advanced certification. At this time, the EdS in Instructional Technology does not lead to state certification, but the degree is recognized for salary compensation.
Additional admissions, retention, and completion requirements listed will be listed in each program’s section.
Teacher Education Program (TEP) Requirements
These requirements are for programs that lead to state teacher certification.
Admission requirements for advanced degree program that lead to certification vary from program to program (e.g. GPA, interview, essay, and portfolio scores; teaching certificate; years of experience; Praxis test scores). The University’s certification officer verifies program admission documents.
Advising is essential for successful completion of advanced degree programs that lead to certification. Variation from the planned program of study created with an adviser could result in failure to be recommended for certification. Regular consultation with an adviser is needed so that students can be apprised of program revisions that result from mandated changes in State certification requirements. Graduate study is limited to six years. Requests for extensions of this time limit must be approved by the Dean of the College and could necessitate completion of additional coursework or other requirements.
A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 for masters and 3.5 for Ed.S., as well as course grades of C or better must be maintained during graduate studies.
Successful completion of all field, clinical, and practicum experience requirements, program key assessments, and professional dispositions assessments is necessary for retention in the TEP. The Teacher Education Program Handbook, published annually by the Office of Teacher Education Services, describes more specifically the current TEP retention requirements.
III. Internship or Residency
Successful completion of a full semester, full-time internship is required for State certification in the Alternative Master’s degree program. The College, in cooperation with area school systems, has developed a comprehensive program of pre-internship field and clinical experiences in a variety of school settings. These experiences require extensive involvement in schools outside of class. Transportation is the responsibility of the student.
Successful completion of embedded field-based assignments is a required component of the traditional Master’s degree and Teacher Leadership program. Both the School Counseling program and the Instructional Leadership program may include practicum, internship, and residency experiences.
Upon completion of a graduate degree in an approved program, a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 for masters and 3.5 for Ed.S., and a passing score on the comprehensive exam, portfolio, or edTPA are required. As applicable to the program, passing scores on Praxis and/or basic skills exams are required prior to certification. Eligible candidates may be recommended for Class Alt A, A, or AA certification in the State of Alabama. Candidates must complete an application for Alabama Certification. Instructions for completing the certification form are available through the Office of Teacher Education Services. The appropriate fees (money order or cashier’s check made payable to the Alabama State Department of Education or receipt of online payment) must be submitted with the application for certification. The application for certification, fee payment, and the candidate’s transcripts are forwarded to the State Department of Education. The University cannot recommend any candidate for certification that has not satisfied all Alabama and UM requirements for admission to and completion of an approved program. Students have five years after their program completion date to apply for certification.
Courses in Teaching, Leadership, & Technology
Collaborative 6-12, Alternative, M.Ed.
Collaborative K-6, Alternative, M.Ed.
Elementary Education, Alternative, M.Ed.
Elementary Education, Traditional, M.Ed.
Instructional Leadership, Ed.S.
Instructional Leadership, M.Ed.
Instructional Leadership, Reduced Hour Option for Certification
Instructional Technology, Ed.S.
P-12 Art Education, Alternative, M.Ed.
P-12 Art Education, Traditional, M.Ed.
P-12 Music Education (Instrumental or Vocal), Alternative, M.Ed.
P-12 Music Education (Instrumental or Vocal), Traditional, M.Ed.
P-12, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Alternative, M.Ed.
Secondary Education, Alternative, M.Ed.
Secondary Education, Traditional, M.Ed.
Teacher Leadership, Ed.S.