Alternative Master of Education in Elementary Education

Elementary Education Alt. M.Ed.

The Alternative Master of Education (Alt. M.Ed.) in Elementary Education is a 42-hour program that prepares individuals holding a B.S. to teach in kindergarten through 6th  grade classrooms. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the Class A Professional Elementary Education (K-6) certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

   When does the Alt. Masters of Education program begin?
 Students are admitted into the program every semester (Spring, Summer, and Fall).
   How long does the program take to complete?
 The program is 42 credit hours (14 courses. Courses are readily available every semester allowing students to take a full load (9 hrs) without difficulty. The amount of time to complete the program depends upon how many courses are taken each semester. Students taking a full load (9 hours a semester) can expect to finish in 5-6 semesters while those who are working or have other responsibilities along with school may take a bit longer.
   Will I be able to keep working while taking classes?

While some classes are online, this is not an online degree. Face to face courses are offered evenings. Three courses required field experiences that take place during the weekday and a semester long student teaching experience is required


Course of Study

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) overall 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 regionally accredited, 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 course.
    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. Passing score on all three parts of the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests.
  3. Clear Alabama State Department of Education background check.
  4. Passing score on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment.
  5. Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study. (Upload document within application.)

To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.

Academic Advisor:       

Dr. Lauren Brannan
Ph: (251) 380-2796