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’.

Our Educational Specialist (EdS) degree program is designed to improve classroom practices, leveraging known research findings over the last 20 years.  Three specific mathematics education courses include CSE 666, CSE 675, and CIE 680 are designed and offered in a manner to prepare program students for doing a research project that culminates and capstones the program.  One-third of the program is math content courses are required in the mathematics teaching field.  Three additional courses include two educational research methods courses and education foundations.  The final sequence of coursework is specifically designed in preparing a project and carrying out the project which results in an educational specialist thesis.

Admission Requirements

Our EdS degree program serves individuals who already possess an Alabama Class-A Secondary Mathematics 6-12 teaching license.

For individuals considering this program, we strongly suggest reaching out to Dr. Zelkowski, program coordinator, discuss how this program fits your professional goals and how courses are offered (frequency/format/time) for teachers.  The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) requires candidates for the Class-AA EdS degree program to possess:

  1. Class-A Secondary Mathematics grades 6-12 in Alabama (or equivalent 7-12, 8-12, 9-12 from another state)

The SEMA program at UA requires additionally:

  1. An acceptable GRE score (the graduate school accepts the MAT, though the program currently is only considering GRE scores for admission…because this gives program faculty a much more comprehensive picture of applicant’ knowledge/ability which allows for courses to be designed around students)
  2. A complete application

Application Process

  1. Please click here for a list of program requirements, application deadlines, and contact information.
  2. Complete the Application Form.
  3. Pay the application fee. The application fee is $65 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $80 for international students. Please note that application fees are non-refundable. The application fee is waived for the following groups:
    • Veterans and current members of the US military (please submit your DD 214 or current assignment orders during the application process).
    • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program students (please email gradschool@ua.edu for more details).
    • University of Alabama undergraduates applying to a graduate program in the same subject area. To qualify for this application fee waiver a student must have no time break between the undergraduate and graduate program and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater.
    • Applicants who have previously enrolled in Graduate School at The University of Alabama.
  4. Within 48 hours of completing steps 1 and 2 you will receive an email with your Campus Wide Identification (CWID) number. It is VERY important that you keep this number somewhere safe.
  5. If you have submitted your application before July 12, 2018, manage your supporting documents and check application status by clicking here. Otherwise, please use the “Application Form” page.

Program Requirements