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Why UNA for your MA in Elementary Education?

The College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of North Alabama has a rich history of preparing teachers. Established in 1830 as then LaGrange College, the University of North Alabama was reestablished in 1872 as the first state-supported teachers college south of the Ohio River. While our program looks very different than it did in 1872, one thing remains the same – our commitment to preparing teachers who are proven to make an impact on student learning. Our MA in Elementary Education has a strong emphasis on applying the latest instructional technology and applying best practice in literacy.

Program Cost and Information

The cost of the MA in Elementary Education at the University of North Alabama is another feature that sets our program apart from others. We pride ourselves in a quality program at a fraction of the cost of similar programs. For detailed information on program cost, go here:

Admissions Requirements

Student Resources

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Is the MAT required for admission?
    No. If you are a graduate of the Athens State University Elementary Education program with a Class B certification, your passing Praxis II score may be used in lieu of an official MAT or GRE score. Complete admission requirements information can be found here:  
  2. What is the difference between the Athens State University/UNA Elementary Education MA option and the UNA Elementary Education MA?
    The Athens State University/UNA Elementary Education MA is a blended approach to the program meaning each class will include some amount of face-to-face instructional time (typically no more than 25%) in addition to the online component. On the other hand, the UNA Elementary Education MA option is available as a completely online program.  
  3. When can I begin the program?
    The Athens State University/UNA Elementary Education MA option will begin with the fall 2013 semester.
  4. How long will it take me to complete the program?
    The Athens State University/UNA Elementary Education MA student can complete the program in two years if they follow the course rotation schedule found here: Course Rotation Schedule
  5. Is UNA’s Elementary Education MA accredited?
    Yes. All teacher certification programs are accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and are approved by the Alabama State Department of Education. In addition, the University of North Alabama is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees. This accreditation gives regional and national recognition to credits and degrees earned at the University.

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