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2015-2016 Graduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Elementary Program: Professor McEwan; Associate Professors Moore (Program Coordinator), Ratchford, Williams; Assistant Professors Davis, Raulston, Smajic.

Special Education and Educational Foundations: Professors Cost, Thrower; Associate Professors Smith, Suell.

Secondary Program: Professor Whitsett; Associate Professor Cook (Program Coordinator); Assistant Professors Alexiou-Ray, G. Samuels.
Instructor: Gilmore.

Leadership Program: Associate Professor Bentley; Assistant Professors A. Samuels, Shanks.

Elementary Education, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Secondary/P-12 Education Programs

This department offers three degree options.

Alternative Masters
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
The Traditional Masters option is designed for students who hold Class B teaching certification. This option leads to a master’s degree plus Class A advanced certification.

Educational Specialist
The Educational Specialist option is designed for students who currently hold a Master’s Degree and Class A certification. It lead to Class AA advanced certification.


Leadership Program

Instructional Leadership

The Instructional Leadership Program offers a M.Ed. or an Ed.S. in Instructional Leadership as well as a Reduced Hour Option in Instructional Leadership for qualified candidates.

Candidates who hold a valid Alabama Class A Professional Educator Certificate and meet the requirements for admission to the Class A Instructional Leadership program may be recommended for a Class A Professional Leadership Certificate based on having earned credit (18 hours) for the following coursework:

  • EDL 593  Leadership, Collaboration, and Mentoring (3 hours)
  • EDL 594  Curriculum and Instructional Leadership (3 hours)
  • EDL 595  Public Relations, Community Resources, and Ethics (3 hours)
  • EDL 596  Fiscal and Non-Fiscal Resources for Instruction (3 hours)
  • EDL 597  Legal Issues and Human Resources for Instruction (3 hours)
  • EDL 599  Residency and Capstone Seminar (3 hours)

Each candidate is required to successfully complete the Praxis II content area test(s) for their area(s) of instructional support as a pre-condition for certification. The Alabama State Department of Education has pre-determined qualifying scores for each content test and information on qualifying scores and each Praxis II test may be found on the ETS Praxis website at

Courses in Elementary & Secondary Education


    Master of EducationEducational SpecialistEducational Specialist and AA Certificate