Educational Administration (M.Ed.)
The department offers the M.Ed in Educational Administration for higher education administrators and the M.Ed in Educational Administration leading to Alabama Class "A" certification in Instructional Leadership. Instructional Leadership courses empower students for advancement in educational service. Leadership programs emphasize growth from the knowledge base through simulations to practical application and career mobility.
Special Admission Requirements for Instructional Leadership Certification
Applications for Master's programs in Instructional Leadership are reviewed for admission to the fall, spring and summer semesters. Readmission to some programs in Education (i.e. Educational Administration, Doctoral Program, and some AA/Ed.S. Programs) require review by program faculty. Deadline for receipt of all application materials is October 1, March 1 and July 1.
In addition to the requirements listed in the College section of the bulletin, program specific requirements for admission to Instructional Leadership include:
- An admission portfolio is required. Applicants should follow a specific format for organizing their admissions portfolio. A copy of this format may be obtained by accessing "Admissions Requirements" at http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/ceps/lte/edlead-eds.html.
- Successful completion of a structured interview with Educational Leadership faculty members.
Admission decisions involve evaluation of the applicant's grade-point average, scores on the GRE and MAT (Master's only), all materials in the admission portfolio, and structured interview. Program enrollment and availability will also be considered. The application, transcripts, test scores, and complete admissions portfolio must be received by the Office of Admissions,2500 Meisler Hall, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, 36688-0002 by October 1, March 1 and July 1.
Class A Certificate in Instructional Leadership and Master of Education Degree
Students entering this program must have a bachelor's degree and Alabama Class B Certification in a teaching field. Program requirements include:
- Completing a minimum of 30 semester hours as outlined below with at least a 3.25 grade-point average, including a grade of "B" or above in all courses with EDL prefix,
- Passing the electronic portfolio assessment, and completing a School-based Residency focused on authentic assessments of performance on state standards.
- Passing a written comprehensive examination.
The Class A Certificate is valid for 5 years and is renewable.
|Class A Certificate In Instructional Leadership And Master Of Education Degree||Credit Hours|
|I. Instructional Leadership Core||18|
|EDL 598 Residency|
|Students must have a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II exam prior to a recommendation for certification.|
|III. Diversity/Special Education||Three semester hours minimum|
|*SPE 500 or EDU 567|
*If a survey course in special education was previously taken at the undergraduate or graduate level, EDU 567 is required in lieu of SPE 500.
|Research||Three semester hours minimum|
|Instructional Leadership Add-on||18|
|EDL 598 (3 hour)|
|The option is referred to as the "Reduced Hour Option" and includes completing the 18-hour program and passing the appropriate Praxis Exam. It is available only for those already holding a master's degree and a valid Alabama "A" Certificate in another area.|
|A survey of special education course is required if not previously completed. If a survey of special education course was previously completed, then an ALSDE-Approved diversity course is required. If an ALSDE-Approved diversity course was previously completed to meet requirements for Class A certification, then an additional diversity course is not required. These 3 hours, if required, would be in addition to the 18 hours.|
|Department of Leadership and Teacher Education
|Chair||Dr. Susan Santoli|
|Professors||Baxter, Giles, Green, Kent, Santoli, Tunks|
|Associate Professors||Bailey, Campbell, Martin, Maulding-Green|
|Assistant Professors||Allison, Brannan, Delmas, Gaillard, Johnson, Morton, Parrish, Reeves|
|Emeritus Professors||Cronis, Culp|
|Senior Instructor||Byrd, Simpson|
The Department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education leading to Alabama Class B certification in the following areas: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a major in Early Childhood Studies and Educational Studies.
The department offers the M.Ed. degree leading to Alabama Class A Certification in the following areas: Art Education, Instructional Leadership, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The department also offers the Instructional Specialist degree (Ed.S.) leading to Alabama Class AA Certification in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, Reading Specialist, Secondary Education, Special Education and Teacher Leader. The department offers the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership.