Master of Arts in Education Alternative Plan

Alternative Plan (ALSDE/NCATE Approved)

The alternative Class A program leading to the M.A.Ed. degree and Class A professional certification is offered to individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Admission requirements are listed below.

  1. Conditional Admission: All Alternative A candidates are conditionally admitted to the program and must complete a formal application for unconditional admission through the Office of Educator Preparation.
    1. Entrance Exam Requirement: a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II exam is required for unconditional admission; therefore it is recommended that the Praxis II be used for admission purposes. Candidates without the appropriate Praxis II test score may submit a score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test or a score of 146 on the Verbal and 140 on the Quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination for conditional admission.
    2. Degree and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement: a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum GPA overall of 2.75 (4.0) for a bachelor’s and at least a 3.0 on master’s or higher degree documented on the official transcript from the degree granting institution and must be the GPA that was used as the basis for granting the degree. If a graduate degree is used as the basis for admission to the Alternative A program, no graduate credit from that degree may be applied to the Alternative A program for certification purposes.
    3. Background Clearance: ASBI/FBI clearance secured during the first semester of enrollment prior to any school-based observations or field experiences.
    4. Individuals applying for admission to an Alternative Class A programs in early childhood education shall have earned at least 12 semester hours of acceptable credit, as verified on official transcripts, in each of the following areas: English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies or earned the current passing score on the prescribed Praxis II subject assessment of the AECAP.
  2. Unconditional Admission: candidates are limited to a total of five graduate courses prior to unconditional admission. Any coursework exceeding the five- course rule may not be used for certification purposes.
    1. Application: a formal application for unconditional admission to the Alternative A program processed through the Office of Educator Preparation.
    2. Orientation: successful completion of discipline-specific orientation.
    3. Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Interview: successful completion of the EPP Interview. Candidates are limited to two attempts to successfully complete the EPP interview.
    4. Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP) Requirements: a passing score on the Basic Skills Examination and the appropriate Praxis II subject assessment.
    5. Undergraduate Prerequisite Coursework: may be recommended based on the admission audit.
    6. Individuals applying for admission to an Alternative Class A programs in early childhood education shall have earned at least 12 semester hours of acceptable credit, as verified on official transcripts, in each of the following areas: English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies or earned the current passing score on the prescribed Praxis II subject assessment of the AECAP.
  3. Internship: Application forms for admission to student internship are to be secured from and filed with the Office of Educator Preparation according to the following deadlines: Fall candidates should apply between January 1 and April 30; Spring candidates should apply between May 1 and August 31. Late applications will not be accepted.
    1. The intern shall not be enrolled in other courses during the internship.
    2. All required coursework must be completed before enrollment in the internship is permitted.
    3. A passing score on the PRAXIS II Subject Assessment is required before enrollment in internship is permitted.
    4. A grade point average of 3.25 or better on all graduate work is required to enroll in the internship.

Completion requirements include: a grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale for all work completed on the degree program and successful completion of a comprehensive assessment.

The major areas of study include P-12 English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), instrumental music, P-12 choral music, and P-12 physical education; secondary education programs in biology, business and marketing education, chemistry, English/Language arts, family and consumer sciences, general science, history, mathematics, Spanish, and social science.

Additional Program Requirements for All Alternative A Candidates

Alternative A candidates are required to submit documentation of a completed multicultural experience that may include a foreign language taken at the high school or college level, a continuing studies course, or other experiences as approved by the College.

Secondary Education, P-12 English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), Music and Physical Education

Required courses:
ED 585Materials and Methods of High School Teaching3
ED 601Methods of Educational Research3
ED 603Trends, Issues, and Diversity in Learning3
ED 605Curriculum Development3
ED 655Evaluation in Modern Education3
ED 675Content Literacy3
EEX 605Survey of Students with Disabilities3
One content-specific methods course
A minimum of 15 semester hours of major field advisor-approved graduate courses of which at least six hours must be at the 600-level15
ED 582Internship Grades 6-12 (6-12 majors)9
ED 584Internship Grades P-12 (P-12 majors)6-9
Additional Requirements for Comprehensive Fields
  1. English Language Arts: An academic major in an area included in English language arts e.g. English speech, drama/theatre, and journalism – and at least one course in each of the other listed areas of English language arts. At a minimum, coursework must include courses in literature, grammar, reading skills, writing, speech, theatre, and print or broadcast journalism.
  2. General Science: An academic major in an area included in the sciences e.g. biology, chemistry, Earth or space science, and physics – and at least one course in each of the other listed areas of general science, and
  3. General Social Science: An academic major in an area included in the social studies – e.g. economics, geography, history, and political science – and at least one course in each of the other areas listed in the social studies.

Coursework in at least two disciplines must be completed at the graduate level.

Early Childhood Education (P-3)

ECE 500Seminar in Early Childhood Education1
ECE 673Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 609Early Childhood Programs3
HES 570Infants and Toddlers ((or advisor-approved substitution if previously completed at the undergraduate level))3
ECE 570Clinical Residency in Early Childhood Education1
EED 601Methods of Action Research for Educators3
EEX 605Survey of Students with Disabilities (or ALSDE-approved diversity course)3
ECE 506Mathematics for Early Childhood Education3
ECE 550Inquiry and Investigation in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 610Reading and the Language Arts in Early Childhood Education3
EED 505Evaluation and Remediation of Reading Problems3
Six additional hours of advisor-approved coursework appropriate for early childhood education
ECE 572Early Childhood Education Internship3-9