College of Education

2000 - 2001 Bulletin Information

 

Dean: George E. Uhlig (380-2738)
Associate Dean: Thomas L. Chilton
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
and Research: William F. Gilley

DEPARTMENTS OF INSTRUCTION
Behavior Studies and Educational Technology
Curriculum and Instruction
Education Leadership and Foundations
Health, Physical Education and Leisure Studies
Special Education

UNDERGRADUATE
The College of Education, working in cooperation with the Administrative staff and with othercolleges of the University, recognizes and accepts the responsibility for identifying, recruiting, and preparing students who will be capable of providing education in a dynamic society. It accepts the further responsibility of insuring that every student preparing to teach will have the advantage of continuous counseling. Planned observation and participation are regular parts of the student’s program throughout the preparation period.

The College of Education has five major objectives: to prepare professional educators for meeting educational needs of children, youth, and adults; to prepare support personnel for meeting the educational needs of the schools; to assist schools with the improvement of instructional programs; to prepare students in professional areas other than teaching; and to conduct research to expand, enhance, and evaluate instructional programs and personnel.

Undergraduate preparation is offered in elementary education, middle and high-school education; special education, and P-12 programs. Offerings in educational psychology; foundations of education; health, physical education and leisure studies, safety education, and other areas of general appeal are available to students in the University on the basis of need and interest.

The College of Education, as an integral part of the total University, strives to give all possible services to the people of Alabama through assistance to their educational programs and related activities.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT
In addition to the University Residency Requirement, a student seeking a degree in the College of Education must complete 32 hours of the last 45 semester hours as a student at the University of South Alabama.

THE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Teacher Education Program begins with selective recruitment, gives careful attention to each phase of the preparation program, and assists in the proper placement and adjustment of teachers and other educational personnel. Follow-up studies of graduates are made in an effort to assist them, to gain knowledge of their effectiveness on the job, and to secure data vital to future planning and development. Programs for the preparation of teachers are built on a liberal arts foundation. Those preparing for teaching positions in the secondary schools pursue a composite teaching specialization or complete two approved teaching specializations. Those preparing to teach in elementary school concentrate on subject matter relevant to the elementary school curriculum while completing general requirements in the liberal arts. Those preparing for teaching special education and for a teaching specialization which extends from nursery through twelfth grade pursue a broad program appropriate to elementary and secondary schools. All groups complete their undergraduate programs with suitable professional preparation.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM OPTIONS WITHIN THE COLLEGE
The College of Education offers teaching and non-teaching programs. Teaching programs are presented first and predominate among all programs offered.

Various teaching program options are available at the Class B (Bachelor’s degree) level in the College. Some are single concentration programs, some require two teaching majors, and some are composite programs. Prospective high-school (grades 6-12) and middle-school (4-8) teachers must complete two academic areas unless they choose a composite major (such as general science, language arts, mathematics, or social studies).

MINIMUM GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS (64 Hours)
See individual department for additional or specific general studies requirements.

2 courses EH 101, 102
2 courses from *EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, 236
1 course from ARS 101, MUL 101
DRA 110, ARH 100, 103, 123, 240, 242
1 course from MA 110, 112, 113, 115
2 courses from BLY 101, 102, 121, 122
GY 111, 112, CH 101, 103, 131, 132, 141, GEO 101, 102,
PH 101, 104, 114, 115, 201, 202
1 course from HY 101, 102, 235, 236
3 courses from HY 101, 102, 235, 236
AN 100, 101, GEO 114, 115, SY 109, 112, PSC 130, PSY 120, 250, ECO 215, 216
2 courses PE 100 and 1 from PE 101-157
1 course EPY 251
6 Hours
6 Hours
3 Hours

3 Hours
8 Hours

3 Hours
3 Hours
9 Hours


4 Hours
3 Hours
Required elective in the Major to total 64 hours.

Elem./Early Childhood majors must take MA 201, 202  and two additional Science courses.

See Departmental Advising Sheets for Specific Course Requirements.
*Two course sequence required in Literature or History.

MINIMUM PROFESSIONAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS
Because professional studies requirements vary from program to program, the student is referred to the appropriate departmental section in this Bulletin. However, a student is not permitted to take more than 12 semester hours of professional studies courses prior to admission to teacher candidacy. A student who changes from non-teacher certification to a teacher certification program must comply with this standard. A student who violates this standard is in jeopardy of losing academic credit.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY IN A TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM

On March 11, 1977 and on October 13, 1988, the State Board of Education adopted resolutions outlining admission, retention, and graduation requirements for students who desire teacher certification in Alabama.

Student must make a written application for admission to a teacher education program during the semester immediately following the completion of 60 semester hours of credit. Courses in progress during the semester the student makes the application for candidacy may be used as a part of meeting the regulations.

Admission to a program in teacher education requires that:

  1. The student:
  1. declare teaching specializations,
  2. take any necessary tests (including those in the communicative skills),
  3. submit to any needed evaluations, and
  4. be available for necessary interviews.
  1. The student’s application must be submitted to the College of Education Office of Student Services by the second week of the semester in which the student is eligible to be admitted.
  2. Transfer students must complete twelve semester hours of work at the University of South Alabama.
  3. The student’s application receives approval from the Student Services Committee.

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION CANDIDACY

  1. Completion of 60 semester hours of course work, 48 of which must be in general studies.
      
  2. A minimum overall grade-point average of 2.5 on all work attempted at the University of South Alabama and a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.5 on all college work attempted (including transfer work).
        
  3. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in professional teacher education on work attempted at this University, and on all work attempted (including transfer work).
        
  4. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in area(s) of teaching specialization(s) on work attempted at this University, and on all work attempted (including transfer work).
         
  5. Completion of a minimum of three semester hours drawn from the foundations of education requirement and completion of a preprofessional experience.
         
  6. Completion of the University English Composition requirement (EH 101 or USA 010, and EH 102) and completion of the College of Education speech requirement.
          
  7. Satisfactory performance on the College of Education Reading Test (IDE 010) and on the BST (CMEE) or State Candidacy Admission Test(s).
          
  8. Satisfactory completion of a departmental interview designed to provide information on the applicant’s personality, interests, and aptitudes consistent with the requirements for successful teaching.     
            
  9. Sufficient physical ability and emotional stability to perform successfully as a teacher. (NOTE: These factors might be covered in the departmental interview.)
           
  10. Recommendation of advisor and department chair.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO STUDENT TEACHING
Admission to student teaching requires that the applicant:

  1. Submit an application or student teaching to the Office of Field Services through the advisor at the end of the first month of the final semester of the junior year.
        
  2. Receive approval of the application from the Director, Office of Field Services.
         
  3. All students must comply with the College of Education Policies and Procedures, which are on file in the Office of Field Services and in the Office of the Dean.
        
  4. A student may not enroll in any other course during the hours assigned for student teaching.
         
  5. Student Teaching Assignments: All student teaching placements and non-traditional fifth-year teaching field internships will be coordinated by the Office of Field Services. All student teaching placements will be made in the greater Mobile area to facilitate the supervision of students by University of South Alabama faculty or other personnel so designated by the department chair in which that student is enrolled.

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO STUDENT TEACHING

  1. A minimum overall grade-point average of 2.5 at the University of South Alabama.
      
  2. A minimum overall grade-point average of 2.5 on all college work attempted (including transfer work).
       
  3. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in the professional education sequence at this University, and a grade-point average of 2.5 overall in the professional education sequence (including transfer work). In the professional education component, no grade below "C" is acceptable.
         
  4. Completion of a minimum of three-fourths of the teaching specialization(s) (including appropriate methods courses) with a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on all work taken at this University, and a grade-point average of 2.5 overall in the teaching specialization(s) (including transfer work).
           
  5. Continued satisfactory progress in meeting requirements for admission to the program of teacher education.

RETENTION
To remain in the teacher education program, each student shall make satisfactory progress as determined by continuous evaluation. A student shall be removed from candidacy when any of the required grade-point averages drop below 2.5.

MINIMUM PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Successful completion of the following minimum requirements qualified the student for Class B Certification valid for five years.

  1. Satisfactory completion of a program approved by the State Board of Education with at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a four-point scale on all work attempted, at least 2.5 grade-point average on all work attempted (and no grade below "C") in professional teacher education, and at least a 2.5 grade-point average on all work attempted in the teaching specialization(s).
      
  2. Demonstrated readiness to teach through on-the-job performance as a student teacher as determined by an evaluation plan approved by the State Board of Education.
       
  3. Satisfactory completion of the course in student teaching.
        
  4. A minimum of 32 of the last 45 semester hours of work must be earned in residence at this University.  
       
  5. A junior college graduate can transfer no more than 64 semester hours toward the bachelor’s degree requirements.
        
  6. A satisfactory score on a comprehensive examination covering the Teaching Field(s) and Professional Education.

RECOMMENDATION FOR  CERTIFICATION
The Associate Dean of the College of Education is responsible for recommending qualified University of South Alabama students seeking teacher certification. Only those students who have completed requirements of the University and of the State Department of Education will be recommended for Class B Professional Certificate.

WARRANTY STATEMENT
Consistent with the policies of the Alabama State Department of Education, the College of Education at the University of South Alabama warranties its graduates (State Approved Program Competencies) under the following conditions:

Warranties will be provided USA graduates who receive their initial professional certification through the college and are employed in their area of specialization. The College of Education shall provide assistance at no cost to such individuals who were recommended for certification by the College of Education and are deemed to be unsatisfactory based on performance evaluations established/approved by the State Board of Education and recommended by the Local Education agency within two years after program completion.

TRANSFER CREDIT FROM NON-ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS
No degree credit will be accepted by the College of Education from any collegiate institution unless that institution has regional accreditation.

PERSONS WITH DEGREES OTHER THAN IN EDUCATION
Persons holding degrees other than in Education may apply for study in an "approved program" leading to professional certification; they will be required to complete their approved programs outlined in this Bulletin to qualify for Alabama certification.

WORKSHEETS AVAILABLE FOR ALL PROGRAMS
Students are asked to request a worksheet for their particular programs at the Education Certification and Student Services Office, UCOM 3020. Each student should have a worksheet for their own review even though a copy will be available in the student’s folder in the above-named office.

ACCREDITATION, APPROVALS, AND SERVICES
Programs in the College of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), approved by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), approved by the Interstate Reciprocity Compact (IRC), and approved by the Alabama State Board of Education.

Upon satisfactory completion of an approved program of study and upon recommendation of the Associate Dean of the College of Education, a professional certificate will be issued by the appropriate State Department of Education only if the student is eligible and applies. Presently, almost all State Departments of Education have reciprocal agreements for issuing certificates to graduates of NCATE-accredited institutions.

Students in colleges other than the College of Education are encouraged to take courses in Education and Educational Psychology for acquiring understanding of teaching as a profession and of human growth and development. They are eligible to take any course in the College of Education for which they have the prerequisites.

DUAL-OBJECTIVES PROGRAM
Students in other colleges of the University wishing to complete requirements for graduation in an academic department and also to satisfy the degree requirements of the College of Education may follow the dual-objectives program.

A student choosing the dual-objectives program will be assigned an advisor in the academic department in which he is enrolled. The student is urged to maintain contact with the appropriate department in the College of Education for program information.

CERTIFICATION IN MORE THAN ONE TEACHING FIELD
Students enrolled in the College of Education desiring to complete certification requirements in more than one teaching field will complete the curriculum in each field: general studies, humanistic and behavioral studies, professional teacher education (including the internship), and teaching specialization.

THE TEACHER EDUCATION EXIT EXAMINATION AND THE BST (CMEE) OR STATE CANDIDACY ADMISSION TEST(S)
Students under the current state standards must pass satisfactorily the tests mentioned above if they are to be certified by the Alabama State Department of Education. Dates these tests will be administered are announced in advance. Application forms for the BST (CMEE) or State Candidacy Admission test(s) may be obtained from the Education Certification and Student Services Office, UCOM 3020. Information pertaining to the exit examination may be obtained in the student’s major department.

GRADUATION AVERAGE
A minimum grade-point average of 2.2 in the major/specialization and a grade-point average of 2.2 on all work undertaken in residence at the University of South Alabama are required for the bachelor’s degree. In addition, students seeking teacher certification or Sport Injury Management (NATA Certification) must have a 2.5 grade-point average on all work attempted in the teaching specialization, in professional teacher education, and a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on all work attempted (including transfer work).

GRADE-POINT AVERAGE (GPA) DEFICIENCY
If additional course work is required to fulfill the GPA requirement, only course work in the humanities, social sciences, science, mathematics, or the teaching field(s)/specialization(s) may be used.

DIRECTED/INDEPENDENT STUDIES
No more than two (2) Directed/ Independent Study courses may be used for degree and/or certification requirements, including use in improving the grade-point average.

GRADUATE
The College of Education offers programs leading to the Master of Education degree in Counselor Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Media, Elementary Education, Health Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education, and to the Master of Science degree in Community Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Instructional Design and Development, Exercise Technology, Therapeutic Recreation, and Recreation and Parks Administration.

Educational Specialist degree programs of study are offered in Counselor Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Media, Elementary Education, Health Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

The College of Education offers a Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program in Instructional Design and Development.

Programs of study leading to the Alabama Class A and Class AA Professional Certificates are available in appropriate areas.

INFORMATION ON GENERAL PROGRAM
Academic Regulations

  1. All degree programs require a minimum of 33 semester hours of approved course work of which 24 hours must be at 500-level or above.
      
  2. A minimum overall 3.0 GPA on all work attempted for Master’s Degree programs and a 3.25 GPA for Educational Specialist Degree programs is required for graduation.
       
  3. All requirements for a graduate degree or certification program must be completed within five calendar years from the date of matriculation.

Student Responsibilities

  1. Students admitted on a provisional basis will be eligible for regular admission when they complete nine hours of approved graduate course work with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. If this requirement is not met in the first nine hours, provisional status will be continued for a maximum of 15 semester hours. Students who do not meet the required minimum GPA of 3.0 after 15 hours are completed are subject to academic dismissal.
        
  2. Apply for Admission to Candidacy (between nine and 18 hours). Applications available in UCOM 3020.
         
  3. Apply for Graduation. See University Calendar for deadline dates. Apply two semesters in advance in the Registrar’s Office, AD 165.
        
  4. Apply for Written Comprehensive Examination. This should be done by the end of the first week of class in the semester student wishes to sit for the examination.

ACCREDITATION AND APPROVALS
Programs in the College of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), approved by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), approved by the Interstate Reciprocity Compact (IRC), and approved by the Alabama State Board of Education.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Master of Education degree programs require that students be eligible for the appropriate State of Alabama Class B Professional Certificate or possess its equivalent. Sixth-year programs require that students be eligible for the appropriate State of Alabama Class A Professional Certificate or possess its equivalent. Exceptions to the above are permitted in programs in which prior certification is not required.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES
A foreign language is not required for graduate programs in the College of Education.

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS
Masters Level assistantships are awarded on an annual basis and are granted for the Fall and Spring Semesters. The stipend for the two semesters is $4,000 and waiver of tuition. Fees are paid by the student. In return, fifteen-twenty clock hours of work are required per week. The awards are made generally before the end of the Spring Semester.

Application forms can be secured by a request addressed to Director, Graduate Studies, College of Education.

TRANSFERRED WORK
(After completion of nine semester hours on USA campus)

A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit from an institution having a Master’s Program may be transferred to the University of South Alabama. The appropriateness of courses for transfer will be determined by the candidate’s department. A minimum grade of "B" is required for each course. Courses completed more than five years prior to graduation may not be used to meet degree requirements. Transfer request forms are available in UCOM 3020.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Graduate programs of study in the College of Education are designed to bring professional practitioners to a more expert level in the specific area of their professional practices, and to extend their range of skills as a student of that practice. For a smaller number of students, the programs are designed to enable those so qualified to go on to advanced graduate study.

The following assumptions have guided deliberations in designing graduate programs of study.

  1. That education, a term often used in the generic sense only, today designates many discrete areas of inquiry and practice.
      
  2. That each major degree area seeks to provide a program for persons who will function within a particular part of their profession.
       
  3. That graduate study should provide the opportunity for sufficient depth to develop the expertise appropriate for the particular area of function.
       
  4. That both sequence and continuity should be important considerations in designing graduate programs.
      
  5. That work in areas other than the major should be designed to support the major.
      
  6. That flexibility should be a part of the program to allow the individual to capitalize on strengths and to correct weaknesses.
         
  7. That the total program should prepare practitioners who are able to function as innovators and leaders in the profession.
        

MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAM
The programs for the Master of Education degree in the College of Education provide for a major in each area. Both thesis and non-thesis degree options are available to the graduate student. Each degree area specifies courses that support the major area. Supporting courses are developed for the particular demands of the individual degree areas. The programs lead to the Alabama Class A Certificate, or equivalent.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission in the general section of this Bulletin):

REGULAR ADMISSION

  1. Sufficient courses in the major area to qualify for graduate study in the involved discipline.
       
  2. An appropriate advanced degree may be used in lieu of other requirements for Regular Standing.

NOTE: Appropriate test score(s) are required for admission to candidacy in a Teacher Education Program. Test scores may not be more than five years old. (See Requirements for Candidacy.)

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION
See Categories of Admission in the general section of this Bulletin for criteria for Provisional Admission and requirements for a provisional student to be changed to Regular Standing.

NOTE: Appropriate test score(s) are required for admission to candidacy in a Teacher Education Program. Test scores may not be more than five years old. (See Requirements for Candidacy.)

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAMS
The programs for the Master of Science degree program in the College of Education provide for a major in each area. Both thesis and non-thesis degree options are available to the graduate student. Each degree area provides for areas of study that support the major area. These are developed for the particular demands of the individual degree areas. Supporting areas of study draw upon other divisions of the University, as well as the College of Education, to give greater depth and breadth to the major. Courses in the supporting area are elected by the student after consultation with the advisor.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission in the general section of this Bulletin):

REGULAR ADMISSION

  1. Sufficient courses in the major area to qualify for graduate study in the involved discipline.
       
  2. An appropriate advanced degree may be used in lieu of other requirements for Regular Standing.

NOTE: Appropriate test score(s) are required for admission to candidacy in a Teacher Education Program. Test scores may not be more than five years old. (See Requirements for Candidacy.)

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION
See Categories of Admission in the general section of this Bulletin for criteria for Provisional Admission and requirements for a provisional student to be changed to Regular Standing.

NOTE: Appropriate test score(s) are required for admission to candidacy in Teacher Education program. Test scores may not be more than five years old. (See Requirements for Candidacy.)

ALTERNATIVE MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAMS
Alternative Master of Education degree programs are available in selected areas to persons who have earned a non-education baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. The program provides for a major concentration in an area of teacher certification. Each certification area specifies courses that support the particular demands of the individual certification areas. The programs lead to the Alabama Class A Certificate, or equivalent.

The following Alternative Master of Education degree programs are offered: Art Education, Elementary Education, Health Education, Music Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted each semester. Students must meet the criteria for Provisional or Regular Standing in the Graduate School described in Categories of Admission in the general section of this Bulletin as well as the following program criteria:

LEVEL-ONE STATUS

  1. A grade-point average of at least 2.50 (A=4.0) on all college work (undergraduate and graduate) taken prior to admission.
       
  2. A minimum score of 800 on the Graduate Record Examination (using any two areas) or a minimum score of 40 on the Miller Analogies Test.
        
  3. Evidence of having earned as many hours of credit in the subject to be taught as are required in an undergraduate teacher education program.
        
  4. Completion of 60 semester hours of approved course work in General Studies.

NOTE: Students in alternative master’s programs are limited to a maximum of 18 semester hours of degree course work prior to achieving Level-Two status.

LEVEL-TWO STATUS

  1. Completion of all Level-One Status requirements (above).
      
  2. Regular Admission in the Graduate School.

NOTE: Level-Two Status is required for Admission to Candidacy in a Teacher Education Program.

EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST DEGREE PROGRAMS
The programs for the Educational Specialist degree are designed for professional educators who desire increased competence in their fields of specialization. The programs are viewed as an extension of professional training beyond the master’s level with greater concentration in the chosen area of specialization. The programs consist of two basic components: the major field and supporting course work. The major is divided into a common core and an area of specialization. The area of specialization consists of education courses appropriate to the student’s interests and objectives. The programs lead to the Alabama Class AA Certificate, or equivalent.

The following Educational Specialist degree programs are offered: Counselor Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Media, Elementary Education, Health Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted each semester. Admission to the program requires:

  1. A master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
      
  2. State of Alabama Class A Certification in an appropriate field or its equivalent, where required.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE PROGRAM
The College of Education offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Design and Development. Information about degree and admission requirements are presented in this section.

DOCTOR OF EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAMS
The University of South Alabama participates in a cooperative doctoral program with Auburn University to provide programs leading to the Doctor of Education degree in Adult and Vocational Education, Counselor Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education. Applications for admission to the program should be submitted to Dean of the Graduate School, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36849.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY
Students must make a written application for admission to Candidacy in a graduate program after the completion of nine but not more than 18 semester hours. Failure to do so will result in students being blocked from registering for classes. IDE 510 is required for candidacy in all Master’s degree programs. The candidacy exam may not be repeated more than twice. A student will be dismissed from the program after three unsuccessful attempts to pass the examination. Candidacy requires:

Master of Science Degree Programs
Information concerning specific departmental requirements for admission to Candidacy should be requested from the chair of the major department. Approval will depend on the following:

  1. The quality of the applicant’s graduate work before the application for candidacy is received.
      
  2. Submission of either Graduate Record Examination (Aptitude Section), National Teacher Examination, or Miller Analogies Test scores is required. Such tests should have been taken no more than five years prior to date of submission.
       
  3. The fulfillment of any special requirements and removal of any deficiencies such as language difficulties, organizational skills, and the like.
       
  4. Completion of any necessary tests or needed evaluations.
      
  5. Conditions imposed on the student’s Master’s degree program as the result of the candidacy examination will be resolved before the comprehensive examination, or examination equivalency, is taken. Application forms may be obtained from the Student Services Office, College of Education.

Master of Education Degree Programs

A. Programs for Teachers:

  1. Graduation from an approved basic teacher education program in the teaching field(s) in which Class A Certification is sought. (Exceptions exist in some programs.)
       
  2. Successful completion of a minimum of nine semester hours of approved graduate course work.
      
  3. Submission of Graduate Records Examination scores (Aptitude Section), Miller Analogies Test scores or National Teacher Examination scores (Test scores will be recorded on the student’s transcript).
      
  4. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on all course work.
      
  5. Two letters of recommendation attesting to the effectiveness of the applicant as a teacher. (Not required for students in the alternative master’s degree program.)
       
  6. Copy of valid teaching certificate.

B. Programs for Instructional Support Personnel:

  1. Graduation from an approved teacher education program at the Class B level in a teaching field.
       
  2. Successful completion of a minimum of nine semester hours of appropriate graduate work.
       
  3. Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores (Aptitude Section), Miller Analogies Test scores or National Teacher Examination scores (Test scores will be recorded on the student’s transcript).
         
  4. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on all course work.
        
  5. Copy of valid teaching certificate.

Educational Specialist Degree Programs

A. Programs for Teachers:

  1. Successful completion of a fifth-year program in the same teaching field(s) in which the sixth-year program is sought. (Exceptions exist in some Special Education areas.)
       
  2. Successful experience as a teacher in the area of specialization.
      
  3. Copy of valid teaching certificate.

B. Programs for Instructional Support Personnel:

  1. Must hold Class A Certificate in the instructional support field in which the Educational Specialist’s degree program is sought.
       
  2. Two letters of recommendation attesting to successful experience in the instructional support field.
         
  3. Copy of valid teaching certificate.

COMPLETION OF A TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
Master of Education Programs

Successful completion of the following minimum requirements qualifies the student for Class A Certification.

A. Program for Teachers:

  1. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on all work attempted in the graduate program.
       
  2. Successful completion of a written examination including the teaching field, humanistic and behavioral studies, curriculum and teaching, and evaluation of teaching and learning.
      
  3. Satisfactory performance as a teacher. (Not required of students in the alternative master’s degree program.)

B. Programs for Instructional Support Personnel:

  1. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on all work attempted in the graduate program.
       
  2. A satisfactory score on a comprehensive written examination covering content of the program.
        
  3. Satisfactory performance of the responsibilities of the specialist in a full-time internship of not less than ten weeks or the equivalent.
        
  4. A minimum of 80% of the curriculum in each area of specialization must be taken in work approved for graduate students.

Educational Specialist Degree Programs
Successful completion of the following minimum requirements qualifies the student for Class AA Certification.

A. Programs for Teachers:

  1. A minimum grade-point average of 3.25 on all work attempted.
      
  2. Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination covering the content of the program.
       
  3. Satisfactory performance as a teacher.

B. Programs for Instructional Support Personnel:

  1. A minimum grade-point average of 3.25 on all work attempted.
      
  2. Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination covering the content of the program.
  3. Satisfactory performance in the area of specialization (two years).

EXAMINATIONS
Two types of examinations are available. See departmental sections for departmental option(s).

Type I Comprehensive Examination Written or Oral
This examination is written or oral, or both, at the option of the faculty of the student’s major department, and is in the candidate’s field or fields of concentration. The examination is conducted by a committee of at least three members appointed by the chair of the department in which the student has majored. This examination shall not exceed three hours. Comprehensive examinations are scheduled once each semester. The student is responsible for ascertaining the date and time of the examination.

Normally, the comprehensive examination is taken during the semester in which the student completes his degree requirements. The examination is given at least two weeks before the end of the semester, and the result is reported to the Director of Graduate Studies, College of Education. Applications for the comprehensive examination given in any semester will not be accepted after the last day of the first week of classes.

Comprehensive examinations may be repeated at the discretion of the graduate student’s department. In no case may the comprehensive examination be repeated more than twice. A student will be dismissed from the program after three unsuccessful attempts to pass the examination. Specific recommendations for additional work, following failure of the comprehensive, will be at the discretion of the department involved.

Type II Comprehensive Examination Performance
This examination requires a performance either as part of a culminating seminar, internship, field study, or practicum review. Successful completion of this examination is determined by the faculty of the department of the student’s major.

The result of this examination is reported to the Director of Graduate Studies, College of Education by the chair of the department.

The student should consult with an advisor for entering this phase of graduate work.

If a thesis is submitted, an oral examination on the thesis, not to exceed one hour, is required. The examination is conducted by the candidate’s Thesis Committee. Approval by a majority of the examination committee is required.

EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST DEGREE PROGRAM FOR THE INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST
The Educational Specialist Degree Program for the Instructional Specialist leading to AA Certification, in Alabama, is designed for teachers. Its primary focus is on teaching its theoretical base, its structure, and its evaluation. Programs for certification are offered in Early Childhood Education, Educational Media, Elementary Education, Health Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM
The candidate achieves the general objectives of the Instructional Specialist Program by:

  1. Formulating a pragmatic rationale for the design of instruction;
       
  2. Demonstrating the skills necessary for implementing varied instructional designs;
        
  3. Developing and implementing plans and procedures for field testing and re-cycling instructional prototypes;
        
  4. Demonstrating competency in the practice and effective use of a variety of instructional skills;
        
  5. Demonstrating an understanding of research literature concerned with instructional skills;
        
  6. Developing and applying an evaluation model appropriate to a given population;
         
  7. Applying basic assessment techniques and concepts to individual learners and groups;
         
  8. Demonstrating consumer as well as applied research skills;
        
  9. Developing the specific instructional techniques appropriate to the area of specialization for which certification is sought; and
         
  10. Demonstrating the ability to apply the above competencies in a selected instructional setting.

ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM
The requirements for admission to the Program are as follows:

  1. The applicant shall have successfully completed a fifth-year program in the same teaching area in which the sixty-year program is sought;
      
  2. Shall have a Master’s degree from an accredited institution; and
     
  3. Shall have at least one year’s successful experience as a teacher in the area of specialization in which the sixth-year program is sought.

Application forms can be requested from the Director of Admissions, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002. If a student already holds a Master’s degree from the University of South Alabama, a new application will be submitted, as this is considered a different program.

Transferred Work (After completion of nine semester hours on USA campus)
A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit from an institution having a Sixth-Year Program may be transferred to the University of South Alabama for the program. Only graduate credit earned following the completion of a Master’s degree may be transferred. The appropriateness of courses for transfer will be determined by the candidate’s department. Courses more than five years old may not be used to meet degree requirements. Transfer request forms are available in UCOM 3020.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM
The Program for the Instructional Specialist is organized around the following Program components.

A. Core Courses
Core courses are designed to insure that each candidate possess required basic knowledge and competencies. The Core Courses are IDE 620, IDE 640, IDE 650, and IDE 692, EPY 602, EDF 615, and Departmental 699.

B. Area of Specialization
In addition to the Core Courses, each candidate will complete an Area of Specialization from among the following available in the program: Early Childhood Education; Educational Media; Elementary Education; Health Education; Physical Education; Secondary Education and Special Education. The specializations are designed to provide candidates with an in-depth study of instructional concerns and skills appropriate to specific student groups and areas of study in the school curriculum.

C. Research Project Seminar
The Research Project Seminar is designed for the purposes of selecting and developing a field project proposal. The proposal, in turn, provides the basis for the Field Project. Successful completion of the Core Courses is prerequisite to the enrollment in the Research Project Seminar.

D. Supporting Area
The Supporting Area serves to reinforce the Area of Specialization in one of two ways:

  1. Either by making available a series of specified elective courses to compensate for deficiencies or gaps in the candidate’s general background;
       
  2. Or by providing a series of supporting in- depth sequences of courses to establish a concentration within the Area of Specialization.

E. Research Project
The Research Project, as the culminating experience in the Instructional Specialist Program, provides an opportunity for the candidate to synthesize and apply the various Program components in a selected instructional setting. The Research Project may carry three semester hours of credit. Suitable agreements are reached with the appropriate public school system by the candidate. A Project Report in standard form is required.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY PROGRAM IN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
The College of Education offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Design and Development. The purpose of the program is to produce graduates who will discover, advance, and disseminate knowledge in the field of instructional design and development.

The program consists of components in instructional systems design, instructional technology, learning theory, and research and evaluation. Program emphases are: applying instructional systems design procedures in educational program development; developing instructional models for a variety of subject matter areas and educational settings; matching instructional strategies to student learning styles; evaluating, selecting, and integrating new technologies into instructional systems; and utilizing formative and summative evaluation and research in the development and improvement of instructional systems. Graduates of the program will be prepared to function in school districts, colleges and universities, business and industry, health care organizations, and the military with responsibility for planning, implementing, and evaluating instructional programs.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Applicants must have earned the master’s degree before being considered for admission to the program. Students who will complete the master’s degree before matriculation to the doctoral program are eligible for admission contingent upon receipt of a final transcript from an accredited institution showing a degree and date of graduation. Persons with deficiencies in instructional design, technology, and other program areas will be required to complete necessary course work. This course work is available in the University.

Application for admission to the program should be made to the Dean of the Graduate School. The following information must be on file with the University of South Alabama Graduate School before admission to the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Instructional Design and Development will be considered. Applications for admission to the Ph.D. program are reviewed throughout the year.

  1. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.
       
  2. One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
        
  3. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities.
        
  4. A written statement of the applicant’s career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the Ph.D. program in Instructional Design and Development.
        
  5. A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination.

The College of Education Graduate Admissions Committee is responsible for reviewing the qualifications of all applicants and conducting interviews of prospective candidates. The Committee will select the most highly qualified candidates to be considered for admission to the program. A positive effort will be made to identify and recruit qualified minority students into the program.

The admission decision involves evaluation of the following: the grade-point average on undergraduate and graduate course work; scores on the GRE; interviews; letters of recommendation; professional experience; the applicant’s statement of purpose; and the program’s enrollment. Final decisions regarding admission will be based on the applicant’s personal and professional qualifications as well as the program’s ability to accommodate additional doctoral students. Upon acceptance by the College of Education, the applicant will be recommended to the Dean of the Graduate School for admission. The Dean of the Graduate School will make the final admission decision and notify all applicants in writing of the disposition of their applications.

Requests for application blanks for admission should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, Administration Building, Room 182, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 (Telephone: (334)460-6141 or 1-(800)872-5247).

Information about the Ph.D. program in Instructional Design and Development should be requested from the Director of Graduate Studies, College of Education, the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 (Telephone: (334)380-2738).

All documents for admission review (transcripts, test scores or letters of recommendation) must be official, i.e., mailed from the home institutions or testing agency directly to the Office of Admissions at the address above. Documents become the property of the University of South Alabama.

PROGRAM
The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Instructional Design and Development is designed to provide persons with skills required in planning, implementing, and evaluating instructional programs in a variety of educational settings. The program consists of four major components:

  1. the instructional design and development foundation core
  2. research methods and statistics;
  3. area of concentration; and
  4. completion of a dissertation.

A minimum of 82 semester hours of approved graduate course work is required in the program. Appropriate course work taken at the master’s level and beyond may be used to meet this requirement. A minimum of 40 semester hours of course work must be completed at the University after admission to the doctoral program.

The requirements for each of the components in the program in instructional design and development are described below. (Any additional requirements will be determined by the student’s doctoral advisory committee.)

Instructional Design and Development Foundation Core (31 hours minimum)
The Instructional Design and Development Foundation Area includes course work in instructional systems design, instructional technology, learning theory, performance technology, and courseware development. Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in all Foundation areas in written and performance examinations and will complete successfully a supervised field internship in a selected instructional setting.

Research Methods/Statistics (15 hours min.)
Research course work and experiences are designed to prepare students to produce and apply knowledge in the field of instructional design and development. Emphasis is given to:

  1. conceptualizing research/evaluation models appropriate for different instructional settings;
      
  2. applying basic assessment techniques to instructional environments; and
      
  3. performing basic and applied research in order to develop and improve instructional systems. Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in research methods and statistics on written and performance examinations.

Research Seminar
Students will be in continuous enrollment in a dissertation research seminar (IDE 710/799) from admission to the program until graduation. From the point of admission to the doctoral program until candidacy, students will enroll each academic term for one semester hour of IDE 710, Research Seminar. Doctoral students must enroll in the Research Seminar even if they are not taking any other courses. After admission to candidacy and until graduation, students must enroll each academic term for a minimum of one semester hour of IDE 799, Research and Dissertation. Students who voluntarily withdraw from the program may be considered for re-admission. The student will be reviewed by the re-admissions committee under standards in effect at the time the student applies for re-admission. The student will need to demonstrate that they are current with the research literature in the field. This will require additional work on the part of the candidate. A minimum of nine hours of dissertation credit is required.

Area of Concentration (15 hours minimum)
Course work to support the proposed doctoral program is available from several academic divisions of the University. Supporting course work is used:

  1. to strengthen other program components by providing more breadth and depth in curricular areas;
      
  2. to overcome deficiencies or gaps in a student’s academic background; and
       
  3. to allow students access to a concentration of course work to support a career interest.

Course work is selected with the approval of the student’s doctoral advisory committee.

Dissertation (9 hours minimum)
A dissertation is required of all candidates for the Ph.D. degree. The dissertation will involve independent, original research and creative effort. It should make a significant contribution to the field of knowledge in instructional design and development. The student’s major professor and advisory committee will be responsible for supervising the dissertation research and for recommending approval of the dissertation to the Graduate School. The candidate will be required to complete an oral defense of the dissertation before the Graduate faculty. For additional information and guidance on the technical aspect of the dissertation, please see the Graduate Section of this Bulletin and the University’s current edition of A Guide for Preparing Theses and Dissertations

DOCTORAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The purpose of the doctoral advisory committee is to guide the student throughout the program. The committee will consist of at least four graduate faculty members, two of whom must be full members of the graduate faculty. The student’s major professor, who must be a full member of the graduate faculty, will serve as chair of the committee. The student will confer with the major professor and the Director of Graduate Studies, College of Education, to identify and recommend additional doctoral faculty to serve on the advisory committee. The Dean of the Graduate School will make the formal appointment of the committee and chair.

Students may select qualified individuals from outside the College of Education and the University to serve on their committee with the concurrence of the major professor, the Director of Graduate Studies, and Dean of the Graduate School. Before selecting outside committee members, the student should consider the time and meeting requirements these individuals will be required to keep. Having an individual outside the University may impose restraints on the student’s ability to complete the program in a timely manner.

The major professor will work with the student to develop a tentative plan of study early in the program. A formal plan of study must be submitted to the full doctoral advisory committee and the Director of Graduate Studies as a requirement for admission to candidacy for the degree. Plans may be revised during the course of the program with approval of the doctoral advisory committee and the Director of Graduate Studies. Other duties of the committee will include: assisting the student in understanding the requirements and regulations governing the degree program; monitoring the residency and other program requirements; conducting written and oral examinations; discussing and approving the dissertation prospectus; supervising and approving the dissertation; and certifying to the Dean of the Graduate School that degree requirements have been met.

RESIDENCY
Students in the program will complete a minimum of one year of residency during their doctoral studies. Residency is defined as enrollment as a full-time student for a period of three consecutive semesters, including summer, or completing a minimum of 24 semester hours in one academic year. Residency is a requirement for admission to candidacy.

EXAMINATIONS
Doctoral students are required to successfully complete three major examinations before admission to candidacy.

Measurement/Research/Statistics Examination
The Measurement/Research/Statistics Examination is a one day examination consisting of a written portion and the analysis of a data set using a computer program of the student’s choice. The purpose of the examination is to verify that the student has developed an understanding of research and statistical skills.

Instructional Computing and Media Examination
The Instructional Computing and Media Examination is a portfolio examination (i.e., the student must show examples of completed work). The purpose of the examination is to verify that the student has achieved mastery in the use of the computer and associated media.

Qualifying Examination
The Qualifying Examination is a two day written and oral examination. The purpose of the written portion is to assure that all Instructional Design and Development candidates are prepared in the foundation areas of the discipline. The two hour oral examination is intended to review and extend the topics covered in the written parts of the examination.

CANDIDACY
Students will be admitted to candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Development after successful completion of the following program requirements:

  1. doctoral advisory committee appointed;
  2. program of studies established;
  3. residency establish;
  4. measurement/Research/Statistics Examination completed;
  5. Instructional Computing and Media Examination completed;
  6. ID & D Qualifying Examination completed; and
  7. dissertation topic approved.

Candidacy for the degree is the final phase of the program. This phase is the period during which the candidate develops as an independent researcher. The candidate pursues research objectives under the guidance of the major professor. This work must be original, independent, and exhibit scientific merit. The student must write a dissertation acceptable to all members of their doctoral advisory committee and defend the dissertation before the graduate faculty.

THE LIMIT
Students will have eight years from the date of admission to the doctoral program to complete all requirements for the degree. This limit may be extended for a defined period of time with approval of the advisory committee, Director of Graduate Studies, and the Dean of the Graduate School.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Graduate credit earned at an approved graduate school may be transferred to the University of South Alabama; however, no prior commitments will be made by the Graduate School or the College of Education concerning approval of the course work to meet requirements in the Ph.D. program in Instructional Design and Development. Recommendations concerning transfer credit will be made by the doctoral advisory committee in light of a student’s total program of study. All proposed transfer credit must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School. Students in the doctoral program must complete a minimum of 40 semester hours at the University of South Alabama after admission to the doctoral program.

MAJOR PROFESSOR
A doctoral advisor will be appointed for each student at the point of admission to the doctoral program. The doctoral advisor will serve as the student’s major professor and will be responsible for orienting the student to doctoral study, counseling in selection of preliminary course work, and assisting in the formation of a doctoral advisory committee. Each doctoral student will work closely with the major professor throughout the doctoral program.

 

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