May 23, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Education and Human Development

Dr. Courtney C. Bentley, Dean
Wills Hall 
(205) 665-6360


The mission of the College of Education and Human Development 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.


Four broad goals guide the College of Education and Human Development in positively impacting student performance, enhancing the quality of programs, and improving the efficiency of operations. The goals are to model and promote the use of emerging technology resources, to acknowledge and address the diversity of students, faculty, staff, curriculum, and field or clinical placements, to collaborate with public schools and other community agencies to positively impact P-12 student learning and client development, and to encourage the use and development of best practices in specific fields of study.

Degree Programs

The University offers an Alternative Master of Education degree leading to initial teacher certification in the following areas:

A traditional Master of Education degree for Professional Educators leading to advanced teacher certification in the following areas is also offered:

The College offers Master of Education degrees in the following areas:

A Master of Science degree is offered in:

Educational Specialist degrees are offered in:

A professional educator certificate only program is offered in:


The College is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Alabama State Board of Education approves all programs that lead to teacher or leader certification. The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) accredits the Family and Consumer Sciences program. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredits the Counseling program. The National Association of Schools of Music accredits the Music Education Program.

Admissions Requirements

Any additional admissions, retention, and completion requirements beyond those listed earlier in the Bulletin are listed in each program’s section.

Student Responsibilities

While the University provides an academic advisor to assist students with meeting academic requirements and planning their curriculum and courses, it is ultimately the students’ primary responsibility to know the requirements for their degree, acquire current information about their academic status, and choose their curriculum and individual courses accordingly. By registering for classes, students certify that they have independently determined that the courses chosen are appropriate to meet their academic goals.

The requirements for licenses, certifications, or similar credentials (e.g. teaching certificates, etc.) issued by the government or other organizations and agencies change frequently, and students are responsible for monitoring those requirements for any changes, planning their course work accordingly, and making proper application for the credential. While the University endeavors to provide courses that qualify students to receive credentials and to keep students informed of any changes in requirements for credentials, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to monitor the requirements to ensure that their academic program meets the applicable criteria. The University has no control over the criteria for credentials issued by outside organizations and cannot guarantee that a student will receive a credential based upon coursework completed at the University.

Department of Health and Human Sciences

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Master of Education

Master of Science

Department of Teaching, Leadership, & Technology

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Master of Education

Educational Specialist

Educational Specialist and AA Certificate