Our Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) in Elementary Education (ELE)degree offers dual teaching certificates including both Early Childhood Education (ECE)and Elementary Education (ELE). Traditional and experiential teaching methods and practical application opportunities in Early Childhood and Elementary school settings prepare prospective teachers for their own future classrooms.
- UA’s Early Childhood (P-grade 3) and Elementary Education (Kindergarten-grade 6) certification programs are proud of our expert faculty and friendly, helpful staff. Small class sizes (approximately 25) allow students and faculty to engage in hands-on, research-based teaching methods in all major disciplines.
- Our students begin clinical practice in local schools during the first semester in the Teacher Education program and continue each following semester in the practical teaching field while simultaneously learning in their teacher education classes. We provide students with a wide variety of experiences in different grade levels and school settings over time, and equip them with knowledge, teaching skills, and professionalism needed for successful full-time teaching careers.
- A GPA of 2.75 on all work attempted at The University of Alabama (UA).
- A GPA of 2.75 of all work attempted (UA and transfer credit).
- The successful completion of general studies.
- A grade of “C” or higher on all coursework.
- The successful completion of a Speech requirement. A grade of “C” or better in COM 103 or 210.
In addition to the coursework in common general studies, students will select three additional mathematics courses and one additional science course for a total of 12 credit hours of mathematics and 12 credit hours of science. Mathematics courses must be MA 100 or higher. MA 208, 209, and 210 are courses taught for elementary pre-service teachers. The mathematics and science courses are completed prior to enrolling in the mathematics (CEE 380) and science (CEE 304) methods courses. Students must also take MUE 107 – Basic Music Skills prior to entering Semester 1.
During Semester I (typically junior year, first semester) and before acceptance into the Teacher Education Program (TEP), students will enroll in, and successfully complete pre-professional experiences, including CEE 320 – Survey of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. In addition, a passing score on a writing exam (Praxis Core Writing Assessment), a passing score on a TEP Interview, and successful completion of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators are necessary to apply for entrance into the TEP.
Praxis Core schedules with related information are updated in Student Services on a regular basis and kept in a location accessible to all students.
Application Process for Teacher Education Program (TEP)
Students apply to the TEP when they have completed the pre-professional course, CEE 320, with a grade of “C” or better, and have met all minimum admission criteria. Note: Students must apply for entrance into the TEP well before beginning Semester II of the program. Delaying application to the program will negatively affect chances for acceptance into the TEP.
Students can obtain a copy of the Application for Admission to the Elementary Education Program from the Student Advising Office in 104 Carmichael Hall. To complete the application process, students submit the required Application for Admission form to personnel in the Student Advising Office in 104 Carmichael Hall.
Please contact the Office of Student Services (205.348.6073) if you need a readable copy of the program of study.
- A passing score on a writing exam (Praxis Core Writing Assessment), a passing score on a Teacher Education Program (TEP) Interview, and successful completion of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test are necessary to apply for entrance into the TEP.
- Praxis Core Assessment schedules, with related information, are updated in Student Services on a regular basis and kept in an accessible location accessible. See the Student Services link below.
- Praxis Exams for Teaching Reading, ECE, and Multiple Subjects are required to be passed prior to admission to Internship
- The EdTPA exam must be passed in order to receive a degree and certification.
via by Watermark
Via is an assessment system designed to capture moments in the learning process so learners and institutions can see growth and reflect on experiences. Early Childhood/Elementary Education certification majors at The University of Alabama use via by Watermark online depository for documents completed within ongoing courses. Students will deposit benchmark assignments across three checkpoints from various courses throughout the Teacher Education Program (TEP) and reflect upon your progressive professional growth. Over time, the e-portfolio created serves as the assessment for graduation.
Clinical Teaching Practice and Internship
- Our EC/ELE Program takes special pride in providing opportunities for dual Early Childhood (P-grade 3) Elementary Education (Kindergarten-grade 6) certification majors with practical application experiences with children in Early Childhood and Elementary school settings. Field hours are earned during all semesters of the program. Hours are monitored through both the Office of Clinical Experiences and our university courses focused on practicum experiences.
- Students will earn teaching practice clock hours at UA: Semester 1 = 44 hours; Semester II = 195 hours; Semester III = 270 hours; Semester IV Internship = 5 days per week (full semester in the field). See the Office of Clinical Experiences link below.