Special Education (Alt. M.Ed.)
Alternative m.ed. In collaborative teaching
This is a special alternative program for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in non-teacher education fields and individuals without Class "B" certification in an area of Education. In general the program requires a minimum of 42 graduate hours. The State of Alabama requires that individuals seeking admission to the Alternative Master's program in Special Education have at least 12 semester hours in each of the following areas: English language arts, mathematics, sciences, and social sciences. See College of Education general section for program admission requirements.
All prerequisites must be completed prior to admission to the program.
Academic standards and student responsibility
Students should be aware that the Special Education Program requires that certain courses be taken in sequence. Advisors should be consulted to obtain information about sequencing and prerequisite course work.
A committee consisting of graduate faculty members within the program will be selected by program advisors to assist the student in planning their courses of study following the schedule of course offerings. Such programs of study should be approved before the completion of nine semester hours of work.
The Special Education Program requires that students who receive a grade of "C" in a Special Education course, must repeat that course and attain a grade of "B" or better.
Satisfactory performance in all course work (GPA of 3.0 or greater) is required of all graduate Special Education majors; in the event of unsatisfactory performance (below "C") in a course not in their major area, a student's Graduate Program Committee selects the option of repeating the course and demonstrating satisfactory performance or demonstrating satisfactory performance in an approved alternate course.
Students may be permitted to do their internship/practicum during one of their two final semesters in residence. This is a joint decision between student and advisor.
Students are assigned to advisors in their respective program areas. The student has the sole responsibility for initiating applications and meeting test and other deadline requirements.
|Course Requirements||Credit Hours|
|SPE 596 for 6-12 majors or SPE 595 for K-6 majors (Students must have a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II prior to enrollment in the internship). Current admission procedures require a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II prior to admission to the program.|
Praxis iI requirement for both class a and alt a
Applicants completing a special education program and applying for initial education
certification are required to pass the Special Education Praxis II test and the Principles
of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Praxis K-6 or 7-12.
Applicants applying for initial special education certification will be required to pass the appropriate Praxis II test. Praxis II test requirements are subject to change as dictated by the ALSDE. Prior to registering for any Praxis II exam, please verify current requirements by going directly to the ALABAMA portion of the Praxis II website at http://www.ets.org/praxis/al
|Department of Leadership and Teacher Education
|Chair||Dr. Andre Green|
|Professors||Baxter, Giles, Green, Kent, Santoli, Tunks|
|Associate Professors||Bailey, Campbell, Green, Martin, Styron, Vitulli|
|Assistant Professors||Allison, Delmas, Reeves|
|Emeritus Professors||Cronis, Culp|
|Senior Instructor||Byrd, Gaillard, Simpson|
The Department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education leading to Alabama Class B certification in the following areas: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a major in Early Childhood Studies and Educational Studies.
The department offers the M.Ed. degree leading to Alabama Class A Certification in the following areas: Art Education, Instructional Leadership, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The department also offers the Instructional Specialist degree (Ed.S.) leading to Alabama Class AA Certification in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, Reading Specialist, Secondary Education, Special Education and Teacher Leader. The department offers the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership.