Ed Specialist- Elementary Education-Class AA


The Education Specialist degree is awarded in the fields of instructional leadership, elementary education, and teacher leader. Course requirements range from 30-36 semester hours of credit. 700-level courses are restricted to candidates admitted to the Education Specialist Program through the Office of Graduate Admissions.  See specific program requirements.

Elementary Education — Class AA

(Alabama State Board of Education Approved)

General Admission Requirements

  1. Valid master’s-level professional educator certificate in elementary education; or valid bachelor’s-level certificate in reading; or valid bachelor’s-level certificate in elementary education and a master’s level certificate in ESOL, or a valid bachelor’s-level certificate in elementary education and a master’s-level professional certificate in reading.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all testing requirements set forth by Alabama State Department of Education.  Contact UNA certification officer for details.
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) on all courses in Alabama State Board of Education approved educator preparation master’s program.
  4. ASBI/FBI background clearance.
Required Courses
EDS 701Professionalism and Ethics in the School Culture3
EDS 702Applied Research I3
EDS 703Digital-Age Leadership to Enhance Student Learning3
EDS 704Culturally Proficient Leadership3
EDS/EED 705NBPTS: Issues and Trends3
EDS/EED 709Applied Research II3
EEX 605Survey of Students with Disabilities (if not previously completed)3
Hours of advisor approved graduate coursework appropriate for elementary education15
Total Hours36

Or hold a National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certificate (in an approved certification area)