The University of Alabama’s College of Education and Secondary Mathematics Education programs will carry out the mission to prepare teacher professionals who appreciate and exhibit reflective practice and moral decision making through professional growth, dedication, and valuing the practice of educating all students to their maximum potential. Coursework and experiences in secondary mathematics education programs are designed to institute leaders among their peers and colleagues, become advocates of research-based ‘best practices’, while mentoring pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers into becoming teachers who are leaders in the state and nation.

Our program embraces the idea of support by faculty for students in a cohorted, collaborative sequential structure of upper-division courses.  The strength of our program is the close-knit community of faculty and students enrolled in courses specifically designed for producing strong relationships among students, with their faculty, and with teachers in the field in our partner schools.  We also excel nationally by our partnership between our department in the College of Education and the mathematics department in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Jeremy Zelkowski and Dr. Jim Gleason have led this partnership since 2008.  In the last three years, Dr. Zelkowski has also partnered with Dr. Jeff Gray, a Computer Science Educator at UA, who is recognized in his field as a leader nationally.  This new partnership has provided opportunity for SEMA students (if they so choose), to add experiences in computer science education as they pursue their mathematics teaching license.

Upon students entering the final two years (junior and senior years) will begin a sequence of mathematics courses specifically designed for future teachers, as well as mathematics teaching methods courses while being clinically placed in local mathematics classrooms.  Teachers in our partner schools have spent many years working with our students and in a professional development capacity with our program faculty.  This triad relationship between program faculty, our students, and local teachers has grown to a model being recognized nationally.  See some of the research regarding our programmatic outcomes.

Our initial teacher license programs at the undergraduate and master’s degree levels are both national recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Specialized Professional Association.  This is a rare distinction and the work towards the honor is strictly voluntary, as less than 10% of teacher preparation programs nationally have this distinction.​  This demonstrates our faculty’s commitment to our students and their futures as mathematics teachers!

Our program also is a partner in the Association of Public and Land-grant University’s Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership, another strictly volunteer service to be part of the national movement for the strongest program nationally.

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.
  • In addition, successful completion of a formal application, a passing score on the interview, and the formal writing assessment from EDU 200, are necessary to apply for entrance into the TEP.

Program Requirements

Our undergraduate program serves two interested groups of students; high school graduates looking to attend UA as freshmen AND transfer students from either four-year or two-year schools.

High School Students
Please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Jeremy Zelkowski via email or phone.  Many parents and students during their UA campus tour will have the opportunity to sit with program faculty.  We have an accelerated master’s program (AMP) that allows advanced high school graduates to earn a BS-Mathematics and MA-Secondary Education Mathematics in the same four-year time period as traditional undergraduates.

Transfer Students
Any student considering transferring to the University of Alabama’s initial teacher certification program is strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Zelkowski via email or phone at least six months, preferably two semesters or nine months, before your expected transfer semester.  This is because every institution may have a different set of courses available for completion prior to transfer.  Our history of advising transfer students has been strong, as these early communications are key to having a seamless transition that does not add time to graduation due to missing pre-requisites in mathematics and education courses.