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
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
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
Official transcripts* can be sent by mail or electronically. Instructions can be found under “Help” on the application.
*USA students applying to a USA graduate program in the College of Education and Professional Studies should complete a transcript request form (PDF) found on the University Registrar's Office website.
In the Name/Organization field for the transcript recipient write, "USA Graduate School". There is no charge associated with this request. This option applies only to USA transcripts for students applying to USA graduate 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
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.
- Complete Option 1: Passing score on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment or Option 2: Twelve hours of coursework in each of the following four areas: English, Math, Science, Social Studies.
- Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study (Upload document within application in WebAdmit).
Dr. Lauren Brannan
Ph: (251) 380-2796