Ed Specialist- Teacher Leader-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.

Teacher Leader — Class AA

(Alabama State Board of Education Approved)

General Admission Requirements

  1. Valid master’s-level professional educator certificate in any teaching field or area of instructional support.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) on all master’s-level coursework.
  3. Satisfactory completion of all testing requirements set forth by Alabama State Department of Education. Contact UNA certification officer for details.
  4. ASBI/FBI background clearance.
  5. Minimum of three full years of full-time teaching experience in a P-12 setting.
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 705NBPTS: Issues and Trends 10-3
EDS 709Applied Research II3
TL 710The Teacher Leader3
TL 712Coaching and Mentoring for Teacher Leaders3
TL 715Curriculum Development for Teacher Leaders3
EEX 605Survey of Students with Disabilities (if not previously taken)0-3
Advisor approved graduate coursework6
Total Hours30-36

Or, hold a National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certification.