The College of Education has grown in its comprehensiveness and now reaches out in multiple ways to all who are involved in the educational endeavor. We conduct research to inform the judgment of practitioners in schools and in allied fields, we train scholars and administrators, and we constantly look for ways to make life better for school children, school teachers, and Alabamians in general.
The College of Education faculty have received awards locally, regionally, and nationally for their outstanding commitment to teaching and awards for being experts in their field. Students have been recognized university-wide for their teaching, research, and service.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The College recently renovated its flagship building, Bibb Graves Hall, with an investment of $9.1 million dollars. Bibb Graves Hall houses one of the finest counselor education facilities in the country.
Moore Hall, which houses the Department of Kinesiology, received a complete renovation in 2012.
The University of Alabama Disability Sports Program, which is housed in the College of Education, includes one of three collegiate women’s wheelchair basketball programs and one of 12 collegiate men’s wheelchair basketball programs in the country. The women’s team has won three consecutive national championships.
Secondary education majors complete double majors in subject field and education.
Elementary majors complete four courses in core subjects.
All majors complete intensive field placements beginning their sophomore year.
Clinical master instructors teach many methods courses in K-12 schools.
Each student spends classroom time learning about diverse populations.
CrossingPoints, a school-to-work transition program for special-needs students, is a collaboration of the College of Education, the Tuscaloosa City School district and the Tuscaloosa County School district. It is designed to help 18 to 21 year old students learn on-the-job and independent living skills.
UA is an AMSTI site. The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative, commonly referred to as AMSTI, is the Alabama Department of Education’s initiative to improve math and science teaching statewide.
The Multiple Abilities Program (MAP) and the Elementary Education program have received Certificates of Distinction from the International Reading Association. The University of Alabama is one of 10 programs nationwide to hold this distinction.
The College of Education offers a minor in educational studies through Honors College to students who are not majoring in teacher education.
In addition to a large increase over the past 10 years in available student scholarships, they remain as one of the two top priorities of the college (of our 3,500 students, only ~140 actually receive awards by the college). The second priority is to complete the funding of the first academic chair for the college (Paul W. and Mary Harmon Bryant Chair of Excellence in the College of Education), at long last removing it from the ranks of being the only academic unit on campus without an academic chair. The chair is expected to be a “gamechanger” as it adds to the prestige and visibility of the college while making significant contributions to the teaching and research mission of the University and the college.
The College of Education houses the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST). COST is a national program that provides students from all over the United States with the opportunity to do their student teaching in a setting outside of the United States.
The College of Education has over 30,000 alumni specializing as teachers, administrators, school psychologists, and counselors.