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Graduate Programs of Study

The Master of Education degree and certification in Counselor Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Media, Elementary Education, Health Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

The Alternative Master of Education degree and certification programs for persons who have earned a non-educational baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. An Alternative Master of Education is available with programs in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

The Master of Science degree with majors in Counselor Education, Instructional Design and Development, Health, Exercise Science, and Sport Management.

The Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Design and Development;  an Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Counseling Psychology.

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

A limited number of masters and doctoral level graduate assistantships are available.  These awards are coordinated by the Office of Graduate Studies. Students desiring to apply for a graduate assistantship should contact the Office of Graduate Studies or their Academic Department  in order to receive information about assistantship requirements and to obtain an application.

College of Education and Professional Studies Categories of Admission

Each student must be qualified for admission to the Graduate School and the College of Education and Professional Studies. Each graduate program has specific requirements for admission that may exceed the requirements listed for admission to the Graduate School and the College of Education and Professional Studies. Persons interested in applying for admission to a specific program should consult the appropriate program’s admission requirements which can be found on the Department’s Program Webpage. Please refer to the University Bulletin and the Program Webpage for Degree Requirements.

GPA Requirement. A minimum overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale based on the GPA used as the basis for granting the degree and posted on the official transcript from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned OR a 2.5 GPA on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work posted on the official transcript from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned. For specific program GPA admission requirements, consult the department program website.

GPA Exception. Individuals who have earned a bachelor 's degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned and who do not have a qualifying GPA for admission may seek admission based on a qualifying score of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). For the GRE, this standard is defined as having a score at the 50th percentile on all of the following subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. For the Miller Analogies Test, students must have a score at or above the 50th percentile based on the total group percentile rank score. For Alternative Class A programs, applicants must submit a qualifying alternate score on the Alabama-prescribed Praxis subject-area test.

Admission Requirements for Alternative Master’s Programs

GPA Requirement: A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 or a master’s or higher degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. This GPA must be documented on the official transcript of the degree granting institution and must be the GPA that was used as the basis for granting the degree, not a GPA that includes post-degree courses.

GPA Exception for unconditional admission to Alternative Class A State Department of Education-approved programs: Individuals who have earned a bachelor 's degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned and do not meet the minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75, but have at least a 2.0 overall undergraduate GPA, may seek provisional admission to an Alternative Class A program if the alternate score on the Alabama prescribed Praxis subject-area test is obtained. The alternate scores can be found on the Alternate Score Requirements document at www.alsde.edu (Department Offices: Educator Assessment: Educator Assessment Policies). The ONLY tests and scores accepted are those listed on the Alternate Score Requirements document. All other requirements for admission must also be met.

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