Educator Excellence Scholarship

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Application Deadlines

Master of Education - Spring 2020: January 10,  Summer 2020: May 31, Fall 2020: August 18

Educational Leadership - Spring 2020: November 1, Summer 2020: April 1, Fall 2020: July 1

Educational Media - Spring 2020: January 10, Summer 2020: May 31, Fall 2020: August 18

Educational Specialist - Spring 2020: January 10, Summer 2020: May 31, Fall 2020: August 18


The Educator Excellence Scholarship is for graduate students majoring in a teacher education program, who have previously earned an Alabama Professional Educator certificate. This scholarship is specifically designed for those seeking a Class A or AA certification.* This scholarship equates to 20% of tuition cost each semester for 6 consecutive semesters! Students granted admission to an eligible program automatically qualify and are awarded the scholarship.


In order to be eligible for the Educator Excellence Scholarship, candidates must:

  • meet current admission standards for a teacher education program that leads to certification
  • be admitted to a graduate teacher education program that leads to advanced certification*
  • be in good standing with the University, including academic and financial accounting.
  • accept award in JagSpot. (You will receive an email with instructions after admission.)
*Candidates must have a valid Alabama Professional Educator certificate and be admitted into an approved program leading to a Class A or Class AA certificate. The Educational Media and Technology program is also part of the scholarship program. School Counseling is not part of the program at this time.

Additional Regulations

  • Applies only to courses in enrolled program.
  • Does not apply to repeated coursework.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Eligible for 6 consecutive semesters.

It is highly recommended students complete 15 credit hours in their first 3 semesters.

Scholarship Eligible Programs

▼   Class A Master of Education
  • Early Childhood Education (online)
  • Early Childhood Education with Reading (online)
  • Elementary Education (online)
  • Elementary Education with Reading (online)
  • Health Education
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Library Media (online)
  • Physical Education
  • Secondary Education
    • English Language Arts
    • ESOL (online)
    • General Science
    • Mathematics
    • Visual Arts
  • Special Education K-6 & 6-12 (online)
  • Educational Media and Technology
    • Non-teacher certification, but masters program designed for K-12 teachers
  • Reading Specialist (online)

*Alternative programs leading to initial certification and the School Counseling program are ineligible.

▼   Class AA Education Specialist (Ed.S)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Reading Specialist (online)
  • Secondary Education
    • English Language Arts
    • General Science
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies
  • Special Education (online)
  • Teacher Leader (online)

Degrees Pay Off - Pay Increases

Class A Certification
Bachelor's to Master's
Class A Certification

0-3 years experience

4-6 years experience

7-9 years experience

Class AA Certification
Master's to Specialist
Class AA Certification

0-3 years experience

4-6 years experience

7-9 years experience

National Board Certification
National Board Certification

$5,000 annually

Elective courses available for National Board Certification support.


To see the most updated ALSDE salary schedule for teachers, click here.

Additional Funding Opportunities


For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies - (251) 380-2630 or