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The Department of Leadership and Teacher Education offers a Master of Education degree leading to Alabama Class A Certification in Collaborative Teacher K-6, or 6-12 over the Internet. There are two options. The traditional master's program is designed for individuals with teacher certification in any area of education. The alternative master's program is designed for individuals without any teacher certification.

The online format offers students the flexibility and convenience of taking graduate courses at home, at the office, or wherever they have access to the Internet. These programs are designed to provide contact with the professor, interaction with other students, and access to the University Library and other services. Both programs require fieldwork with K-12 students with disabilities in the schools.

 

Traditional Master's Program
(for individuals with Teacher Certification in any area of education)

 
Admission Requirements
 
In addition to university and college requirements, applicants must have a valid Alabama Class B (bachelor's degree level) professional teaching certificate in any teaching field.

      Program Requirements
 

Master of Education degree leading to Alabama Class A Certification in Collaborative Teacher K-6, or 6-12
(33 Semester hours minimum)
 
Upon the successful completion of all program requirements, you may qualify for an Alabama Class A professional educator certificate. If a student already has any valid Class A Alabama Professional teaching certificate, the program requirements to add a Collaborative Teacher certificate may be somewhat different. In the case of adding a certification to an existing master's degree, some foundations courses taken for your existing certificate may be substituted for requirements in the Foundations Area. Identical courses may thus reduce the total number needed for certification, but not for a second degree.

Satisfactory performance in all course work (an average of "B" or better) is required of all graduate Special Education majors.

Satisfactory performance on a written comprehensive examination is required of all graduate students prior to the completion of their program. Application for written comprehensive examination.

Successful completion of PRAXIS II test appropriate to the teaching field and grade level of certification sought is required prior to enrollment in Practicum. SPE 512, 514, 516 & 591 are pre-requisites to SPE 588 Practicum.


 
Technology Requirements
 
Students entering this program must have access to the Internet and a computer that contains the Microsoft Office® suite. Specifically, the programs should include Microsoft Word, Access, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher. An academic price is available to students and teachers at a substantial savings through the University of South Alabama Bookstore (1-888-JAGS-RAH). Because students will be required to spend a great deal of time searching the Web, a high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended.

 

  Master of Education Degree leading to Certification in Collaborative Teacher, K-6 or 6-12
(33 semester hours)
 
Students entering this program must have valid baccalaureate-level or master's level professional educator certification in a teaching field. Program requirements include:

1. Completing a minimum of 33 semester hours as outlined below, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 ("B") on all work attempted. A minimum grade of "B" is required for all SPE courses, and a satisfactory performance is required in each of the internship experiences.

2. Passing a written comprehensive examination.

3. Passing the PRAXIS II. Initial certification in SPE requires satisfactory completion of Praxis II test in the following areas - SPE Core Knowledge (#0354 or #5354) and Elementary Education Multiple Subjects (#0031 or #5031). This Praxis II includes: Reading/Language Arts (#0032 or #5032), and Math (#0033 or #5033), and Social Studies (#0034 or #5034), and Science (#0035 or #5035). Depending on the area of SPE, certification requires satisfactory completion of Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) K-6 (#0622 or #5622) or PLT 6-12 (#0624 or #5624).

      Curriculum
 

Core Courses
(18 semester hours)
 
Curriculum and Teaching
(6 semester hours)

SPE 512 – Ecological Curriculum and Methods (3 hours)
SPE 516 – Methods for Special Needs Learners (3 hours)

Educational Foundations
(6 semester hours)

EPY 502 – Psychological Principles of Learning (3 hours)
EDF 521 – Human Development and Behavior (3 hours)

Research and Evaluation
(3 semester hours)

IDE 510 – Educational Research and Evaluation (3 hours)

Technology
(3 semester hours)

EDM 510 Micro-Computing Systems in Education (3 hours)

*SPE 500 – Nature and Needs of Exceptional Children and Youth
* This course is taken only if the student has not previously successfully completed an equivalent course. The course then becomes an added course to the program.


 
Option 1:
Teaching Field K-6
Collaborative Teacher
(18 semester hours)
 

SPE 515 – Data-Based Behavior Management of Exceptional Children (3 hours)
EEC 523 – Instructional Planning in Elementary School (3 hours)
SPE 588 - Advanced Practicum Experience (3 hours)
SPE 591 - Multi-categorical Practicum/Seminar (3 hours)
SPE 592 - Collaborative Practicum (3 hours)
Advisor Approved Elective

  Option 2:
Teaching Field 6-12
Collaborative Teacher
(15 semester hours)
  SPE 515 – Data-Based Behavior Management of Exceptional Children (3 hours)
SPE 588 - Advanced Practicum Experience (3 hours)
SPE 591 - Multi-categorical Practicum Seminar (3 hours)
SPE 592 - Collaborative Practicum (3 hours)
SED 552 - The High School Curriculum (3 hours)
Advisor Approved Elective


Traditional Master's Program Future Planned Course Offerings

 
FALL 2013
 
SPRING 2014
 
SUMMER 2014
 
 
SPE 515
SPE 591
SPE 588
EPY 502
EPY 521
EDM 510
IDE 510
EEC 523
SED 552
 
SPE 512
SPE 516
SPE 588
EPY 502
EDM 510
IDE 510
EEC 523
 
SPE 592
EPY 502
EPY 521
EDM 510
IDE 510
EEC 523
SED 552
 
     
 

Alternative Master's Program
(for individuals without Teacher Certification in any area of education)

 
For currently available online courses, please visit the Course Catalog (http://www.southalabama.edu/schedcourses.html).

 
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