Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instructional Leadership, M.Ed.

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Students pursuing 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).

Those pursuing the M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree and a valid Alabama Class B or Class A certification in a teaching field or instructional support area and meet the program admission criteria.

Program Admission Requirements

  • One official transcript from each institution of higher education attended
  • 2.75 undergraduate graduating GPA or 3.0 Master’s degree GPA from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Valid Class B or Class A Professional Educator’s 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, of which one includes the applicant’s current principal 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.

UM also offers an Instructional Leadership, Reduced Hour Option for Certification  (19-21 hours). Those individuals who already hold a master’s degree, a valid Alabama Class A certification in a teaching field or instructional support area, and meet the admission criteria previously listed are eligible to pursue this option for Class A certification in instructional leadership.

Retention/Completion Requirements

  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 program GPA on all coursework
  • Passing score on the required Praxis II exam
  • SPED 407/507  or equivalent, if not previously completed

Class A Certification/M.Ed.


Students who have not completed the special education requirements are required to take a general survey course (SPED 507 ), which results in program completion with 33 credit hours.

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