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Master of Arts in Education Degree (MAED) - Elementary Education

Education Specialist Degree (EDS) - Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, and Teacher Leader

Master of Arts in Education Degree (MAED) - Elementary Education

UNA offers a master's degree program in elementary education. Candidates may choose to take courses via face-to-face or online. Click here to see a complete list of all available majors, including the checklist of required courses for each major.

How do I apply for admission to UNA?

To apply for admission to a graduate teacher education program at UNA, an application should be filed with the graduate admissions office. Click here to navigate to the Graduate Admissions webpage. After the graduate admissions office has received all necessary application components, your file will be processed. If accepted, you will receive a letter of acceptance into the program listing the name of your assigned advisor.

Candidates should consult with their academic advisor(s) throughout their program to ensure all program requirements are being met. Click here for a list of advisors for each major.

How do I register for classes?

Click here for instructions on course registration.

What are the eligibility requirements for admission to a traditional master's degree program?

All graduate teaching field candidates are conditionally admitted to a Teaching Field program and must complete a formal application for unconditional admission through the Office of Teacher Certification (Stevens Hall #546). Candidates are limited to a total of five (5) graduate courses prior to unconditional admission. Any coursework exceeding the five-course rule may not be used for certification purposes.

Requirements for Conditional Admission to a Traditional Class A Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP)

Requirements for conditional admission include:

  1. Entrance Exam: A score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), a score of 800 on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II subject examination is required for admission to graduate school.

  2. Major: Declare the major you wish to pursue and make sure the registrar's office has this major on file for you. Admission to one program does not necessarily guarantee admission to another. Click here for a complete list of available majors.

  3. Degree: A bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.

  4. Grade Point Average: A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0 scale) on undergraduate or graduate work is required.

  5. Sliding Scale: For candidates with less than the recommended GPA or test score, consideration will be given based on a combination of GPA and test scores. Click here for the Sliding Scale.

  6. Background Clearance: Attain suitability clearance from the Alabama State Department of Education based on ABI/FBI fingerprints. Click here for more information regarding background clearance.

  7. Graduate Coursework: Candidates are limited to a total of five (5) graduate courses prior to unconditional admission. Any coursework exceeding the five-course rule may not be used for certification purposes.

Requirements for Unconditional Admission to a Class A Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP)

Unconditional admission to a graduate teacher education program is not automatic upon admission to UNA. Candidates must formally apply for unconditional admission to GTEP in the Office of Teacher Certification (Stevens Hall #546). This application process begins in ED/EED 000 "Graduate Orientation." Candidates are limited to a total of five (5) graduate courses prior to unconditional admission. Any coursework exceeding the five-course rule may not be used for certification purposes.

During ED/EED 000, all requirements for unconditional admission to GTEP and their corresponding deadlines will be discussed. These requirements are outlined below:

  1. Valid Certificate: A valid bachelor's level professional educator certificate in the same field is required (except for ESOL and Collaborative Teacher programs, which require a valid bachelor's level certificate in any teaching field). Documentation of this valid certificate must be on file in the Office of Teacher Certification.
  2. Graduate Orientation: Complete ED/EED 000 with a grade of "P" or "S."
  3. Application: Obtain an application for unconditional admission to GTEP from the Office of Teacher Certification (Stevens Hall #546). Submit the application for unconditional admission to GTEP by the 10th day of the month you wish to be reviewed. If an application is submitted after the 10th day of the month, it will not be reviewed until the following month (i.e., an application submitted on February 9 will be reviewed on February 10; however, an application submitted on February 11 will not be reviewed until March 10).
  4. Grade Point Average: Maintain a grade average of "B" or better on all graduate coursework attempted. A student who makes a grade of "C" or below on more than six semester hours of graduate work is automatically eliminated from the program. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on graduate work is required for program completion.

When will I know if I'm unconditionally admitted into GTEP?

Teaching Field candidates will be notified of your unconditional admission status within 48 hours of application submission. The notice will be sent to your UNA Portal email address. If you are denied admission to GTEP, you must fill out an application to re-apply for admission in order to be reviewed again at a later date.

Once I have been unconditionally admitted to GTEP, can my admission status ever be revoked?

After you have been unconditionally admitted to GTEP, you are expected to maintain all standards covered in the GTEP handbook. Your admission may be rescinded if:

  • You fall below required standards, including but not limited to:
    • Unacceptable disposition ratings
    • Revocation/suspension of background clearance
    • Grade of "C" or below on more than six semester hours of graduate coursework
  • You become inactive in GTEP for longer than one academic year.

I have been unconditionally admitted to GTEP, what do I do now to complete the program?

  1. Coursework: Complete remaining coursework on official checklist.
    • ECE 603 Behavior of the Young Child
    • ECE 604 Family Involvement in the Education of the Young Children
    • EED 000 Elementary Education Graduate Program Orientation
    • EED 611 Issues in Elementary Education
    • ED 601 Methods of Educational Research
    • ED 605 Curriculum Development or EDT 601 Computer-Based Instructional Technologies
    • ED 655 Evaluation in Modern Education or EDT 602 Current and Emerging Instructional Technologies
    • EED 678 Practicum in Elementary Education
    • EEX 605 Survey of Students with Disabilities (required if not previously completed)
    • 12 hrs of advisor-approved electives from the following:
      EED 608 / EED 612 / EED 613 / EED 615 / ES 615 / GE 601 /
      GE 602 / GE 603 / GE 604 / MA 601 / EDT 603
  2. Portfolio: Candidates in the teacher education program will develop a professional portfolio, documenting their progress toward becoming a knowledgeable practicing professional. The portfolio provides the basis for assessing progress in, and successful completion of, internship and the teacher education program. This document will provide evidence that all conceptual framework commitments of the University of North Alabama College of Education and Human Sciences have been met. Additional information outlining portfolio requirements will be presented in your last semester of coursework.
  3. Program of Study: All candidates must file an approved Program of Study with their advisor prior to program completion.
  4. Admission to Candidacy: All candidates must file an Admission to Candidacy form with their advisor prior to program completion.
  5. Graduation: Apply for graduation two (2) semesters in advance.

I have completed my teacher education program, now how do I apply for certification?

You will receive the necessary paperwork to apply for certification during your last semester of enrollment. During this last semester you will:

  • Complete and return the application for certification, along with the certification fee, to the UNA Office of Teacher Certification by the posted deadline.
  • After the semester has completed and degrees have been conferred, all recommendations for certification will be sent to the Alabama State Department of Education.
  • The Alabama State Department of Education will mail your issued certificate to the mailing address listed on the application.
  • Candidates who wish to complete a teacher education program at UNA and apply for certification in another state are responsible for contacting the Department of Education of that state to determine specific requirements of that state.

Education Specialist Degree (EDS) - Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, and Teacher Leader

UNA offers online Education Specialist degree programs in elementary, instructional leadership, and teacher leader. Click here to see a complete list of all available majors, including the checklist of required courses for each major.

How do I apply for admission to UNA?

To apply for admission to a graduate teacher education program at UNA, an application should be filed with the graduate admissions office. Click here to navigate to the Graduate Admissions webpage. After the graduate admissions office has received all necessary application components, your file will be processed. If accepted, you will receive a letter of acceptance into the program listing the name of your assigned advisor.

Candidates should consult with their academic advisor(s) throughout their program to ensure all program requirements are being met. Click here for a list of advisors for each major.

How do I register for classes?

Click here for instructions on course registration.

What are the eligibility requirements for admission to a traditional master's degree program?

All candidates are conditionally admitted to an EDS program and must complete a formal application for unconditional admission through the Office of Teacher Certification (Stevens Hall #546).

  • EDS Elementary candidates and EDS Teacher Leader candidates are limited to a total of five (5) graduate courses prior to unconditional admission. Any coursework exceeding the five-course rule may not be used for certification purposes.
  • EDS Instructional Leadership candidates must be unconditionally admitted prior to enrolling in any coursework.

Requirements for Conditional Admission to a Traditional Class AA Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP)

EDS Elementary Education

  1. Major: Apply for admission to an EDS program through the UNA graduate school. Admission to one program does not guarantee eligibility to all programs. Candidates who wish to change their major must file a new application with the graduate school to request admission into the new program. Click here for a complete list of available majors.
  2. Degree: Candidates must hold a master's level degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. Grade Point Average: Candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) documented on the earned graduate degree.
  4. Certificate: Candidates must hold a master's level professional educator certificate in the same teaching field in which the Class AA Professional Educator certificate is sought, except as prescribed below:
    • A teacher with a bachelor's level professional educator certificate in elementary education and a master's level professional educator certificate in reading may be admitted to a Class AA program in elementary education.
    • A teacher with a bachelor's level professional educator certificate in any teaching field and a master's level professional educator certificate in ESOL may be admitted to a Class AA program in the same teaching field for which the teacher holds a bachelor's level professional educator certificate.
  5. Background Clearance: Attain suitability clearance from the Alabama State Department of Education based on ABI/FBI fingerprints. Click here for more information regarding background clearance.

EDS Instructional Leadership

All Instructional Leadership candidates must be unconditionally admitted to the program prior to enrolling in any coursework in the program.

See below for requirements for unconditional admission to an Instructional Leadership program.

EDS Teacher Leader

  1. Major: Apply for admission to an EDS program through the UNA graduate school. Admission to one program does not guarantee eligibility to all programs. Candidates who wish to change their major must file a new application with the graduate school to request admission into the new program. Click here for a complete list of available majors.
  2. Degree: Candidates must hold a master's level degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. Grade Point Average: Candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) documented on the earned graduate degree.
  4. Certificate: Candidates must hold a master's level professional educator certificate in any teaching field or area of instructional support.
  5. Background Clearance: Attain suitability clearance from the Alabama State Department of Education based on ABI/FBI fingerprints. Click here for more information regarding background clearance.
  6. Experience: Candidates must hold a minimum of three full years of full-time teaching experience in a P-12 setting.
  7. Portfolio: Candidates must submit a portfolio to the program coordinator by a posted deadline.

Requirements for Unconditional Admission to a Class AA Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP)

EDS Elementary Education

  1. Valid Certificate: If a candidate was admitted to an EDS program based on a UNA recommendation for a Class A certificate in the same field, or on the basis of re-instating an expired Class A certificate in the same field, the valid professional educator certificate must be secured and on file in the Office of Teacher Certification prior to unconditional admission.
  2. Application: Obtain an application for unconditional admission to GTEP from the Office of Teacher Certification (SH 546). Submit the completed application to the Office of Teacher Certification.
  3. Grade Point Average: Maintain a grade average of B or better on all graduate work attempted. A student who makes a grade of C or below on more than six semester hours of graduate work is automatically eliminated from the program.

EDS Instructional Leadership

  • Major: Apply for admission to an EDS program through the UNA graduate school. Admission to one program does not guarantee eligibility to all programs. Candidates who wish to change their major must file a new application with the graduate school to request admission into the new program. Click here for a complete list of available majors.
  • Degree: Candidates must hold a master's level degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Grade Point Average: Candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) documented on the earned graduate degree.
  • Valid Certificate: Candidates must hold a valid master's level professional educator certificate in Instructional Leadership or one of the other Class A leadership certificate designations: (Instructional Leader, Principal, Superintendent, Superintendent-Principal, Educational Administrator, Supervisor (any subject/grade level), Administrator of Career and Technical Education).
  • Background Clearance: Attain suitability clearance from the Alabama State Department of Education based on ABI/FBI fingerprints. Click here for more information regarding background clearance.
  • Experience: Candidates must have one of the following:
    • Hold a Class A Instructional Leadership certificate earned after completing a redesigned program at an Alabama University.
    • Be currently serving as a superintendent, assistant or associate superintendent, assistant to the superintendent, principal, assistant principal, supervisor (any subject and/or grade level), administrator of career and technical education, coordinator or evaluator.
    • Document three full years of employment in an instructional leadership position for which one of the certificates is proper certification according to the current edition of the Subject and Personnel Codes of the Alabama State Department of Education.
    • Demonstrate each of the abilities in the Class A Instructional Leadership standards prior to admission to the Class AA Instructional Leadership program or prior to completion of the Class AA Instructional Leadership program.

EDS Teacher Leader

  1. Valid Certificate: If a candidate was admitted to an EDS program based on a UNA recommendation for a Class A certificate in any teaching field, or on the basis of re-instating an expired Class A certificate in any teaching field, the valid professional educator certificate must be secured and on file in the Office of Teacher Certification prior to unconditional admission.
  2. Application: Obtain an application for unconditional admission to GTEP from the Office of Teacher Certification (SH 546). Submit the completed application to the Office of Teacher Certification.
  3. Grade Point Average: Maintain a grade average of B or better on all graduate work attempted. A student who makes a grade of C or below on more than six semester hours of graduate work is automatically eliminated from the program.

When will I know if I am unconditionally admitted to GTEP?

Elementary candidates and Teacher Leader candidates will be notified of their unconditional admission status within 48 hours of application submission. The notice will be sent to your UNA Portal email address. If you are denied admission to GTEP, you must fill out an application to re-apply for admission in order to be reviewed again at a later date.

Instructional Leadership candidates will be notified of your unconditional admission status by the program coordinator upon completion of all requirements listed above.

Once I have been unconditionally admitted to GTEP, can my admission status ever be revoked?

After you have been admitted to GTEP, you are expected to maintain all standards covered in the GTEP handbook. Your admission may be rescinded if:

  • You fall below required standards, including but not limited to:
    • Unacceptable disposition ratings
    • Revocation/suspension of background clearance
    • Grade of "C" or below on more than six semester hours of graduate coursework
  • You become inactive in GTEP for longer than one academic year.

I have been unconditionally admitted to an EDS program, now what do I do to complete the program?

  1. Coursework: Complete remaining coursework on official checklist.

EDS in Elementary Education

  • EDS 701 Professionalism and Ethics in the School Culture
  • EDS 702 Applied Research I
  • EDS 703 Digital-Age Leadership to Enhance Student Learning
  • EDS 704 Culturally Proficient Leadership
  • EDS 705 NBPTS: Issues and Trends or Appropriate National Board Certification
  • EDS 709 Applied Research II
  • EEX 605 Survey of Students with Disabilities (required if not previously completed)
  • 15 hrs advisor-approved graduate coursework appropriate for elementary education

EDS in Instructional Leadership

  • EDS 701 Professionalism and Ethics in the School Culture
  • EDS 702 Applied Research I
  • EDS 703 Digital-Age Leadership to Enhance Student Learning
  • EDS 704 Culturally Proficient Leadership
  • EDS 708 Advanced Curriculum Development
  • EDS 710 Community and Stakeholder Relationships
    or ED 640 Educational Statistics
  • IL 705 Professional Development and Mentoring
  • IL 706 Management of the Learning Organization
  • IL 707 Law, Policy, and Governance
  • IL 709 Applied Research II
  • IL 711 Professional Standards for Instructional Leadership
  • EEX 605 Survey of Students with Disabilities (required if not previously completed)

EDS in Teacher Leader

  • EDS 701 Professionalism and Ethics in the School Culture
  • EDS 702 Applied Research I
  • EDS 703 Digital-Age Leadership to Enhance Student Learning
  • EDS 704 Culturally Proficient Leadership
  • EDS 705 NBPTS: Issues and Trends or Appropriate National Board Certification
  • EDS 709 Applied Research II Area of Specialty
  • EDS 715 Curriculum Development for Teacher Leaders Elementary/Middle
    or EDS 708 Advanced Curriculum Development Middle/Secondary
  • TL 710 The Teacher Leader
  • TL 712 Coaching and Mentoring for Teacher Leaders
  • EEX 605 Survey of Students with Disabilities (required if not previously completed)
  • 6 hrs advisor-approved graduate coursework

 

  1. Program of Study: All candidates must file an approved Program of Study with their advisor prior to program completion.
  2. Admission to Candidacy: All candidates must file an Admission to Candidacy form with their advisor prior to program completion.
  3. Graduation: Apply for graduate two (2) semesters in advance.

I have completed my graduate teacher education program, how do I apply for certification?

You will receive the necessary paperwork to apply for certification during your last semester of enrollment. During this last semester you will:

  • Complete and return the application for certification, along with a certification fee, to the UNA Office of Teacher Certification by the posted deadline.
  • After the semester has completed and degrees have been conferred, all recommendations for certification will be sent to the Alabama State Department of Education.
  • The Alabama State Department of Education will send your issued certificate to the mailing address listed on the application.
  • Candidates who wish to complete a teacher education program at UNA and apply for certification in another state are responsible for contacting the Department of Education of that state to determine specific requirements of that state.