To be admitted to this program, the prospective student must meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, including fingerprints/verification of background clearance, and hold valid baccalaureate level certification in any teaching area.
I. Conditional Admission Required Courses: 9 hours
Applicants for initial Class A Certification must meet the requirements of the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP) as a precondition for certification.
Students who have not previously met the special education requirement must take a general survey course in special education.
This program is also offered online.
Program Completion Requirements
The student shall:
Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better in all courses in the approved program as verified on an official transcript with no grade less than "C."
Make a satisfactory score on a written comprehensive examination documenting mastery of the curriculum of the program.
Requirements for Alabama Class A Certification
Meet all program requirements.
Hold a valid bachelor's level professional educator certificate in the same teaching field(s) in which the Class A Professional Educator Certificate is sought.
Have an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution documenting an earned master's degree.
The Teacher Education Program and the Teacher Certification Program are governed by the Alabama State Department of Education, and the College of Education reserves the right to change requirements in these programs at any time when such changes are mandated by the State Department.