College of Education

2000 - 2001 Bulletin Information

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION - GRADUATE
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers degree programs to prepare teachers for Early Childhood Education (Grades P-3), Elementary Education (Grades K-6), and High School (Grades 6-12), and Preschool through Grade Twelve (P-12) teachers in art and music. Additionally, the department offers an emphasis in both Elementary and Secondary areas under the Ph.D. program in Instructional Design and Development.

The programs have both general and professional studies components. Requirements for each component include, but are limited to, the following courses or experiences:

PROGRAMS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MASTER OF EDUCATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Early Childhood Education provides advanced study for teachers working with children three through eight years of age. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the Class A Professional Early Childhood Education Certificate provided they already hold the Class B Professional Early Childhood Certificate.

Note: The appropriate advising guide sheets and the assigned departmental advisor should be consulted in all program matters.

Candidacy
The special requirements for Admission to Candidacy in Early Childhood Education are:

  1. 1. Submission of satisfactory test scores from one of these tests: (a)Graduate Record Examination, (b) Miller Analogies Test, or (c) NTE
       
  2. Satisfactory completion of the written Candidacy Examination which is administered by the department once each semester. This must be completed prior to eighteen semester hours of course work. Applications are available in UCOM 3020.
  3. Completion of a minimum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate studies with a 3.00 grade-point average.
  4. Completion of IDE 510.

Comprehensive Examination
After being admitted to Candidacy and completing 36 semester hours of course work, the student must successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination covering all areas of the student’s program. Application forms for the Comprehensive Examination are available in UCOM 3020.

Thesis
A student may elect to write a thesis as part of the program. If the student decides to write a thesis, a Thesis Committee will be appointed to work with the student and to evaluate the thesis. (IDE 510 and 620 are required.)

Program
The program for the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is as follows: 36 minimum hours required (24 must be on the 500 level)

A. Curriculum and Teaching (six hours)
EEC 551*, EEC 553*

B. Educational Foundations (six hours)
Select One
EDF 501, EDF 515
Select One
EPY 502, EPY 521

C. Research & Evaluation (three hours)***
IDE 510*

D. Teaching Field (15 hours)
EEC 535*, 536*, 537*, 550, 552, 554, 555, 556, 557, 560****, 562, 575, 590****, 592, 594, 599, AED 501,RED 530, 531*, 533, 544, 545

E. Electives: (six hours)
SPE 500**

Free electives to be selected with consent of advisor.
*Required
**All certification programs require an introductory special education course, if not completed at the undergraduate level.
***Students who have previously not completed an evaluation course will be required to complete an approved evaluation course in addition to IDE 510.
****No more than three hours can be applied to the Teaching Field.

PROGRAMS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MASTER OF EDUCATION IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Elementary Education provides advanced study for teachers working with children six through eleven years of age. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the Class A Professional Elementary Education Certificate provided they already hold a Class B Professional Elementary Education Certificate.

Note: The appropriate advising guide sheets and the assigned department advisor should be consulted in all program matters.

Candidacy

  1. The special requirements for Admission to Candidacy in Elementary Education are:
    Submission of satisfactory test scores from one of these tests: (a) Graduate Record Examination, (b) Miller Analogies Test, or (c) NTE
       
  2. Satisfactory completion of the written Candidacy Examination which is administered by the department once each semester. This must be completed prior to eighteen semester hours of course work and after the student has taken EEC 522 and 523, IDE 510, and two courses in the teaching field. Application forms are available in UCOM 3020.
       
  3. Completion of nine (9) semester hours of graduate studies with a 3.00 grade-point average.

Comprehensive Examination
After being admitted to Candidacy and completing 36 semester hours of course work, the student must complete successfully a Comprehensive Examination covering all areas of the student’s program. Application forms for the Comprehensive Examination are available in UCOM 3020.

Thesis
A student may elect to write a thesis as part of the program. If the student decides to write a thesis, a Thesis Committee will be appointed to work with the student and to evaluate the thesis. (IDE 510 and 620 are required.)

Program
The program for the M.Ed. in Elementary Education is the following: 36 minimum hours required (24 must be on 500 level).

A. Curriculum and Teaching (six hours)
EEC 522*, EEC 523*

B. Educational Foundations (six hours)
Select One
EDF 501, EDF 515
Select One
EPY 502, EPY 521
C. Research & Evaluation (three hours)***
IDE 510*
IDE 620 (Thesis Option Only with IDE 510)

D. Teaching Field (18 hours)
EEC 532, 535*, 536*, 537*, 550, 551* 552, 557, 558, 560****, 562, 575, 590****, 592****, 594****, 595, 599, AED 501, RED 530, 531*, 533, 534, 544, 545
Electives (three hours)
IDE 620 (req of Thesis option only)*
SPE 500**

*Required
**All certification programs require an introductory special education course, if not completed at the undergraduate level.
***Students who have not previously completed an evaluation course will be required to complete an approved evaluation course in addition to IDE 510.
****No more than three hours can be applied to the teaching field.

ALTERNATIVE M.Ed. IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
After admission to the program, the assigned advisor reviews the student’s record and determines prerequisite course needs as required by the Department. In general, the program requires a minimum of 48 graduate hours and such additional undergraduate courses or experiences as the Department may require. A degree plan sheet is available upon request from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education. See College of Education general section for program admission requirements.

The following prerequisite courses are required. Equivalent courses or experiences may be substituted with written approval of the advisor and department chair.

Prerequisites
RED 330**, EPY 251, MA 201, EPY 455, RED 333**
Other courses as the Advisor may require

In addition to the above prerequisites, students must also have completed three courses in mathematics and four courses in science (natural and physical) at the undergraduate level.

Program
The program for the Alternative M.Ed. in Elementary Education is as follows: 48 minimum graduate hours requires (27 must be 500 level).
Students may not enroll for more than 18 hours of degree program course work before achieving Level II (Unconditional) admission status.

A. Curriculum and Teaching (six hours)
EEC 522*, EEC 523*

B. Educational Foundations (six hours)
EDF 501, or EDF 515 and EPY 502

C. Research and Evaluation (three hours)
IDE 510   Educ Research & Eval*

D. Technology (three hours)
See Department advisor for approved course.

E. Teaching Field (24 hours)
EEC 532*, 535*, 536*, 537*, 545*, 551*, RED 530* or 531
Remaining or additional hours from the following courses:
AED 501, EEC 550, 552, 557, 562, 575, EEC 590, RED 545

F. Special Education (three hours)
SPE 500

G. Clinical Field Experience (six hours)
IDE 597*

(Supervised practice in a school setting in the student’s teaching field. The student will work full time in the school for an entire semester).

*Required Graduate Courses
**Field Experience Required

EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST IN ELEMENTARY/EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
The program for an Educational Specialist degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education is designed to provide a further specialization for the practitioner as a classroom teacher or an instructional support person. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the Class AA Certificate provided they already hold a Class A Certificate in the same area.

Admission to Candidacy
Each student must apply for admission to candidacy for the Education Specialist programs. Applications are available in UCOM 3020.

Comprehensive Examination
After completing 36 semester hours of course work, the student must complete a comprehensive examination based on the student’s program. Arrangements for a final comprehensive examination are made through the advisor.

Program
The program for the Instructional Specialist in Elementary/Early Childhood Education is the following: 36 minimum hours required (18 must be on 600 level)

A. Curriculum and Teaching (six hours)
IDE 640, IDE 650

B. Educational Foundations (six hours)
EPY 602, EDF 615

C. Research and Evaluation (nine hours)
EEC 610, IDE 620, IDE 692

D. Teaching Field (15 hours)
EEC 601*, EEC 622, EEC 699

Additional approved courses
* Must be taken twice.

All certification programs require an introductory special education course, if not completed at the undergraduate or master’s level.

PROGRAMS IN HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAMS
M.Ed. programs are designed to enhance and extend the knowledge and qualifications of high school teachers.

Requirements for admission to candidacy in high school education programs are:

  1. Successful completion of at least nine semester hours of graduate work.
       
  2. Completion of required SED course and IDE 510 with a grade of "B" or higher.
       
  3. Successful completion of a candidacy examination.
        
  4. Alabama Class B Professional Certification (or equivalent) must be held by the student.
       
  5. Regular admission in Graduate School and acceptable scores on the GRE, MAT or NTE.

I. High School
A. Curriculum and Teaching (six hrs)
SED 552
Specific Course for certificate area:
Language Programs (French, German, Spanish, Language Arts)
SED 561
Mathematics
SED 563
Science Programs
SED 564
Social Science Programs
SED 562

B. Foundations of Education (six hours)
Choose One
SED 551, EPY 502, EPY 521
Choose One
EDF 501, EDF 515

C. Research and Evaluation (six hours)
IDE 510
(Prerequisite: EPY 455 or equivalent)
SED 560

D. Teaching Field (15 hours)
Courses selected with advisor approval from student’s teaching field.
Language Arts: Courses selected with advisor approval from English, Speech, Communication, Drama, and Reading.
Mathematics: Courses selected with advisor approval from Mathematics.
Science Programs: Biology: Courses selected with advisor approval from Biology. Science Composite; Courses selected with advisor approval from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and Aerospace Education.
Social Science Programs: History: Courses selected with advisor approval from student’s teaching field. Social Science Composite: Courses selected with advisor approval from Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

E. Electives (three hours)*
*All certification programs require an introductory special education course, if not completed at the undergraduate or Master’s level.

ALTERNATIVE M.Ed. IN HIGH SCHOOL
This program is designed to provide initial teacher preparation at the graduate level for students interested in pursuing a career in teaching but whose undergraduate degree did not include a teacher education program. See College of Education general section for program admission requirements.

  1. Requirements for admission to candidacy in the alternative program:
      
  2. Successful completion of at least nine semester hours of graduate work.
       
  3. Completion of six hours of required courses with a grade of "B" or higher.
        
  4. Submission of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (minimum score of 800 on the General Section) or the Miller Analogies Test (minimum score of 40).
      
  5. Completion of a candidacy application. [Successful completion of at least one semester in the High School Teacher Mentor Program. (Two semesters are required. Additional information on this requirement will be provided by the Department).]
  6. Regular admission in the Graduate School.

Students will complete one of the following programs.

I. High School Option
A. Curriculum and Teaching (nine hours)
SED 555, SED 559
Appropriate methods course for the teaching specialization.

B. Foundations of Education (six hours)
Choose One
EDF 501, EDF 515
Choose One
EPY 502, EPY 521

C. Evaluation (three hours)
EPY 455

D. Survey of Special Education (three hours)
SPE 500

E. Reading (three hours)
RED 541

F. Technology (three hours)
See department advisor for approved course.

G. Teaching Field (15 hours)
Selected from approved electives in the student’s teaching field. These fields are presently available in this program: Language Arts Composite French General Science Composite Biology Social Science Composite History Spanish Mathematics German

H. Internship (six hours)
IDE 597 Student Teaching

Supervised practice in a school setting in the student’s teaching field. The student will work full time in the school for an entire semester.

EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST IN HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION
Requirements for admission to the programs are:

  1. Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Valid Alabama Class A Certification in a middle or high school.

A. Curriculum and Teaching (six hours)
IDE 640, IDE 650

B. Foundations of Education (six hours)
EPY 602, EDF 615

C. Research and Evaluation (six hours)
IDE 620, IDE 692

D. Field Project (three hours)
SED 699

E. Teaching Field (15 hours)
Selected from approved electives in the student’s teaching field. These fields are presently available:
Language Arts Composite Biology General Science Composite Math Social Science Composite History

Comprehensive Examination
During the semester in which 36 hours of course work in the degree program is completed, the student must successfully complete a comprehensive examination. Application forms for the comprehensive examination may be obtained in the departmental office in UCOM 3020.

PROGRAMS IN NURSERY THROUGH GRADE TWELVE (P-12)
Requirements for admission to P-12 programs in the department are:

  1. Successful completion of at least nine semester hours of graduate work.
        
  2. Completion of six hours in required courses with a grade of "B" or higher (must include IDE 510).
        
  3. Successful completion of a candidacy examination.
          
  4. Alabama Class B Professional Certification (or equivalent) must be held by the student.
        
  5. Regular admission in Graduate School and acceptable scores on either the GRE, MAT or NTE.

ART EDUCATION
A. Curriculum and Teaching (six hours)
AED 501, AED 502

B. Foundations of Education (six hours)
Choose One
EPY 502, EPY 521, SED 551
Choose One
EDF 501, EDF 515

C. Research and Evaluation (six hours)
IDE 510
(Prerequisite: EPY 455 or equivalent)
AED 560

D. Teaching Field (15 hours)
Art courses selected with advisor approval

E. Electives (three hours)*
*All certification programs require an introductory special education course, if not completed at the undergraduate or Master’s level.

MUSIC EDUCATION
Check with Music Department regarding the specific courses.

ALTERNATIVE M.Ed. IN P-12 PROGRAMS
This program is designed to provide initial teacher preparation at the graduate level for students interested in pursing a career in teaching but whose undergraduate degree did not include a teacher education program. See College of Education general section for program admission requirements.

Requirements for admission to candidacy in the alternative program:

  1. Successful completion of at least nine semester hours of graduate work.
       
  2. Completion of six hours of required courses with a grade of "B" or higher.
        
  3. Submission of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (minimum score of 800 on the General Section) or the Miller Analogies Test (minimum score of 40).
       
  4. Successful completion of at least one semester in the High School Teacher Mentor Program (additional information on this requirement will be provided by the Department).
       
  5. Regular admission in the Graduate School.

Students will complete one of the following programs.

PRESCHOOL THROUGH GRADE 12 OPTION (Art or Music)
ART EDUCATION

A. Curriculum and Teaching (12 hours)
SED 555, 559, AED 440, 441

B. Foundations of Education (six hours)
Choose One
EDF 501, 515
Choose One
EPY 502, 521

C. Evaluation (three hours)
EPY 455

D. Survey of Special Education (three hours)
SPE 500

E. Reading (three hours)
RED 541

F. Technology (three hours)
See Department advisor for approved course.

G. Teaching Field (15 hours)
15 hours in approved Art electives

H. Internship (six hours)
IDE 597

Supervised practice in a school setting in the student’s teaching field. The student will work full time in the school for an entire semester.

MUSIC EDUCATION
(Vocal/Choral or Instrumental)
Check with the Music Department regarding the specific courses.

DESCRIPTIONS OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION COURSES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Art Education (AED)
Elementary/Early Childhood Educ (EEC)
Natural Science Education (NSE)
Reading Education (RED)
Secondary Education (SED)

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