Sep 30, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instructional Leadership, Reduced Hour Option for Certification

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Students in Instructional Leadership may participate in programs leading to a master’s degree (M.Ed.) with initial certification (Class A), a specialist degree (Ed.S.) and advanced certification (Class AA), or a reduced hour option for certification (Class A). 

A reduced-hour option is available in Instructional Leadership. Those individuals who already hold a master’s degree (and a valid Alabama Class A certification in a teaching field or instructional support area) and meet the admission criteria for the M.Ed. program   are eligible to pursue this option for Class A certification in instructional leadership.

Program Admission Requirements

  • A completed application available at
  • One official transcript from each institution of higher education attendee
  • 3.0 Master’s degree graduating GPA from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Valid Class A certificate in teaching field or in another area of instructional support
  • EXP form documenting three full years of acceptable education experience with at least one full year of full-time P-12 teaching experience
  • Passing score on an admission portfolio. The portfolio will contain the following:
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation, to include the applicant’s principal or supervisor. Each local superintendent will establish requirements for recommendations from the principal and/or supervisor.
    • Completed copy (all forms) of the most-recent performance appraisal, to include the professional development component, if available.
    • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement
    • Evidence of leadership and management potential, including evidence of most-recent accomplishments in the area of instructional leadership.
    • Summary of the candidate’s reasons for pursuing instructional leadership certification.
    • Summary of what the candidate expects from the preparation program.
  • Passing score on an interview conducted by a program admission committee that includes both P-12 instructional leaders and higher-education faculty.
  • Evidence of a clear criminal background check.

Retention/Completion Requirements

  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 program GPA on all coursework
  • 156 minimum score on the Praxis II Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (5421)
  • ED 584  or ALSDE approved Class A Diversity Course, if not previously completed
  • SPED 407/507  or equivalent, if not previously completed

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