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Office of Research and Service
The Office for Research and Service (ORS) was established to coordinate research, grant, and service efforts among faculty and centers in the College of Education. The ORS assists faculty and centers with the development and submission of contract/grant proposals, as well as technical assistance and budget oversight for funded contracts/grants.


Belser-Parton Literacy Center
The BPLC exists to serve a triad of participants: families, schools, and The University of Alabama, with the central focus on children and how their literacy needs can best be served through excellent teaching and meaningful research. 

Center for the Study of Ethical Development
The Center for the Study of Ethical Development (the Center) began in the early 1970s as faculty and students from various disciplines began to meet informally to discuss research on moral development.  The major activity of the Center has been research with the Defining Issues Test, a measure of moral judgment development.  However, attention has also been given to other research tools, especially as a wider conception of moral development has emerged.  This wider conception of moral development was proposed by James Rest in the early 1980s, and is referred to as “The Four Component Model of Morality.”

Education Policy Center
In support of the mission of The University of Alabama and its College of Education, the Education Policy Center works to improve the quality of life for all Alabamians through expanding access, strengthening equity, and advancing economic and community development.

Research Assistance Center
The College of Education’s Research Assistance Center (RAL) provides faculty and graduate students with advice and instruction in designing quantitative research studies, selecting and developing instruments, setting up statistical analyses, and using statistical software.

UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center
The UA/UWA In-Service Center provides professional learning and growth opportunities for the teachers, administrators, counselors, and librarians of twelve (12) school districts within nine (9) area counties.


Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office
The Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office is a statewide technical assistance and research agency that focuses on preventing challenging behavior, improving school climate and student outcomes, and supporting students at-risk for and with disabilities. This Office provides technical assistance through (1) initial and booster training in schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), (2) Tier 2 PBIS training, (3) Tier 3 PBIS training, (4) three-tiered coaching and ongoing support, and (5) PBIS, discipline, and school climate data collection and analysis.

Evidence-based International Early Intervention Office (EIEIO)
The EIEIO is the academic and administrative home of the Routines-Based Model (RBM). Its affiliates are the members of The RAM Group, a community of practitioners, administrators, trainers, and researchers familiar with and supportive of the RBM. These members have completed the CARBON to determine whether they are familiar enough with the model to participate as full members or ancillary members. At The University of Alabama, faculty and students interested in affiliation with the EIEIO would complete the CARBON to become members of The RAM Group.

Gifted Education and Talent Development Office (GETDO)
The Gifted Education and Talent Development Office (GETDO) is a research-related office about gifted education and gifted individuals. Additional activities related to research include outreach to families of gifted children, student programming, community engagement, professional development, and materials development.

Office of Clinical Experiences
The Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE) was established to coordinate the placement of undergraduate students, alternative certification program students, and select graduate program students enrolled in courses requiring field placements and internships. Major relationships have been established with principals and instructional supervisors in local school systems in the west Alabama area and, to a limited extent, other school systems in Alabama.

Office of Evaluation Research and School Improvement
The Office of Evaluation, part of The University of Alabama’s College of Education, provides comprehensive monitoring, evaluation and measurement services to determine the effectiveness of research, training, and service program across the campus, the state, and the nation. We conduct program monitoring and evaluation to inform decisions and policy to improve effectiveness, efficiency, and results.

Office of International Programs
The College of Education has provided educational opportunities to American-sponsored overseas schools through the Office of International Programs since 1966.

Office of Research on the Teaching in the Disciplines
The Office of Research on Teaching in the Disciplines within the College of Education at The University of Alabama conducts and disseminates research on teaching in the disciplines at the preschool through higher education levels for local, state, regional, and national sectors.

Office of School Partnerships
The vision of the University of Alabama College of Education Office of School Partnerships is a collaborative network of partners that exist to promote innovation and improvement in area schools.

Office of Student Services and Certification
The Office of Student Services and Certification (SSC) coordinates advising, certification, and clinical experiences for students.