The B.S.E. in Secondary Education is a rigorous teacher preparation program that culminates in Alabama Class B Teacher Certification (grades 6-12).  Undergirding all of programs in secondary education are the ideals of fairness and equity, reflective stance on professional practice, commitment to diversity, and culture of collaboration.  The fulfillment of these ideals calls for a commitment to academic excellence and advocacy through active engagement with shifting social and cultural contexts and advanced technological developments that shape the construction, interpretation, and dissemination of knowledge.

  • Our undergraduates complete the equivalent of a double major in their discipline and education.
  • Students on Race Relations Assemblage (SORRA) is long term arts-based, justice-oriented inquiry project with secondary students in Tuscaloosa directed by Dr. Karen Spector and doctoral student Briana Kidd.
  • Our students have the best of both worlds. They begin teaching practice in local schools during the first semester and continue each semester in the practical teaching field while simultaneously learning in their teacher education classes. Our goal is to provide students with a wide variety of experiences in different grade levels and school settings, over time, to equip them with knowledge, teaching skills, and professionalism needed for transformative teaching and learning.
  • The Secondary Mathematics program has been nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics through the SPA accreditation and has a nationally recognized student affiliate of the NCTM.

Admission Requirements

  • A GPA of 2.75 on all work attempted at The University of Alabama (UA).
  • A GPA of 2.75 on all work attempted (UA and transfer credit).
  • A GPA of 2.75 on all courses within your major discipline.
  • The successful completion of general studies.
  • A grade of “C” or higher on all coursework.
  • Passing score on the Teacher Education Program Interview (administered during your CSE 390 semester)

Application Process

  • Passing score on the Teacher Education Program Interview (administered during your CSE 390 semester)

Programs of Study

Please contact the Office of Student Services (205.348.6073) if you need a readable copy of the program of study.

Program Requirements

  • Program of Study: All programs in Secondary Education require a minimum of 120 hours.  Information for each program from the current catalog found here: https://catalog.ua.edu/undergraduate/education/curriculum-instruction/secondary-teaching-learning-bse/#requirementstext
  • Teaching Practice & Internship: We are serious about providing opportunities for all students to practice within both Tuscaloosa City Schools and Tuscaloosa County Schools and in both middle and high schools.  Students will engage in range of experiences throughout their program: CSE 390 = 50 hours; Methods Block = 120 hours; Other Courses = between 10 and 25 hours each;  Internship = 5 days per week (full semester in the field).