Leadership and Teacher Education Undergraduate Programs

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Education that leads to Alabama Class B certification in the following areas: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education and Special Education. The Department of Leadership and Teacher Education also offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a major in Early Childhood Studies.


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Early Childhood Studies

The Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Studies prepares individuals to work with young children (birth through age 8) as teachers, directors and other professionals in child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, infant and toddler programs, private preschools, Early Intervention or other programs where teacher certification is not required.


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K-6 Teacher Education

The K-6 Teacher Education program is a dual certification program designed to prepare teachers for kindergarten through grade six classrooms. Satisfactory completion of the program requirements and accompanying tests lead to a recommendation for a Class B Certificate in both Elementary Education (K-6) and Collaborative Teaching (K-6).


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Secondary Education

The Secondary Teacher Education program is designed to prepare individuals to work with students in grades 6-12 in a specific content area. Students may choose to study Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Mathematics, Language Arts, General Social Science or Physics.


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Collaborative K-12 Education

The Collaborative Teacher program leads to eligibility for certification in Special Education at either the elementary or secondary level. The programs focus on teaching all students with disabilities in all types of educational settings. Students will spend significant periods of time in K-12 grade settings working hands-on with students with disabilities.