Master of Arts in Education Alternative Plan

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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(s) is required for unconditional 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. Exception: individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree from a senior institution that was regionally accredited at the time the degree was earned and do not meet the minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75, but have at least a 2.0 overall undergraduate GPA, may seek unconditional admission to an Alternative Class A program if the alternate score on the Alabama prescribed Praxis subject-area test(s) are obtained. The alternate scores can be found on the Alternate Score Requirements document at www.alsde.edu (Department Offices: Educator Assessment: Educator Assessment Policies). The ONLY tests and scores accepted are those listed on the Alternate Score Requirements document. All other requirements for unconditional admission must also be met. 
    3. Background Clearance: ASBI/FBI clearance secured during the first semester of enrollment prior to any school-based observations or field experiences.
  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. Admission to the university
    2. Major:  An appropriate major should be declared
    3. Background Clearance:  ASBI/FBI clearance secured during the first semester of enrollment prior to any school-based observations or field experiences.
    4. GTEP Application
    5. Application: a formal application for unconditional admission to the Alternative A program processed through the Office of Educator Preparation.
    6. Successful completion of Materials and Methods of High School Teaching (ED 585)/Successful completion of Seminar for Early Childhood Education (ECE500)
    7. Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) Interview: successful completion of the GTEP Interview. Candidates are limited to two attempts to successfully complete the GTEP interview.
    8. Liability Coverage- Liability insurance is a mandatory requirement for all teacher candidates enrolled in courses that have a field or clinical experiences component at the University of North Alabama.
    9. Praxis Subject Assessments- Successful completion of Praxis II exams.  Individuals applying for admission to an Alternative Class A program in Early Childhood Education must have the Teaching Reading Elementary Praxis completed before the beginning of internship.  A passing score of all other Praxis II exams is required for GTEP Unconditional Admission.
    10. Undergraduate Prerequisite Coursework:  may be recommended based on the admission audit.
  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 specified deadlines. 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 early childhood, 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, 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 605Curriculum Development3
ED 655Evaluation in Modern Education3
ED 675Content Literacy3
EEX 605Survey of Students with Disabilities (If a survey of special education course was completed prior to unconditional admission to the Alt A Program, another approved diversity course is required.)3
One content-specific methods course 3
Teaching Science in the Secondary School (For Biology or General Science Teaching Method only)
Teaching Career-Technical Business and Marketing Education (For Business Marketing Teaching Method Only)
Methods and Materials for Teaching English/Language Arts (For English Language Arts Teaching Method Only)
Methodology and Assessment of Teaching English as a Second Language (For ESOL Teaching Method Only)
Teaching Methodology (For History or Social Science Teaching Method Only)
Methods and Materials for Teaching Secondary Mathematics (For Math Teaching Method Only)
Methods and Materials in Music Education (For Music Teaching Method Only)
Advanced Methods of Teaching in Physical Education or Health Education (For PE Teaching Method Only)
Methods in Foreign Language Instruction (For Foreign Language Teaching Method Only)
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 English, speech, drama/theatre, 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
ECE 510Infants and Toddlers3
ECE 570Clinical Residency in Early Childhood Education3
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 Education6
EED 505Evaluation and Remediation of Reading Problems3
Six additional hours of advisor-approved coursework appropriate for early childhood education6
ECE 572Early Childhood Education Internship9