Master of Education in Early Childhood Education with Reading Certification

Early Childhood (M.Ed.) with Reading Certification

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education with Reading Certification is a 42-hour fully online program that provides advanced study for teachers who already hold the Class B Professional Early Childhood Certificate and have at least 2 years of full-time teaching experience. Upon completion of the program and Praxis, students are eligible for the Class A Professional Early Childhood Education (P-3) certificate and Class A Reading Education (P-12).

Course of Study 

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree from accredited institution of higher education documented on an official transcript from degree granting institution.
    Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended must be mailed to:
    University of South Alabama Transcript Processing Center
    P.O. Box 9218
    Watertown, MA 02471
    (Note: Students who attended and/or graduated from the University of South Alabama are not required to submit a USA transcript.)
  2. A valid bachelor's-level (Class B) Professional Educator Certificate in the same teaching field in which the Class A Professional Educator Certificate is sought.
  3. GPA Requirement:
    Regular Admission-requires a minimal grade-point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution.
    Provisional Admission-requires a minimal grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution; or 2.75 GPA based on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework; or a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score at or above the 50th percentile.
  4. A minimum of 2 years full-time teaching experience. Must be documented on Supplemental Experience Form that should be requested from Human Resources in your past/present employing school system https://www.alsde.edu/sec/ec/Misc%20Docs/SUPPLEMENT%20exp.pdf.
    Mail Supplemental Experience Form to: 
    University of South Alabama
    College of Education and Professional Studies
    Attn: Jamie Lett - UCOM 3360
    75 S. University Blvd.
    Mobile, AL 36688-0002
  5. Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study. (Upload document within application.)

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Academic Advisor:      

Rebecca McMahon Giles, Ph.D.
Ph: (251) 380-2899
rgiles@southalabama.edu