A career in teaching is waiting for you at The University of Alabama. Your degree and dual teaching certificates include both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Traditional and experiential teaching methods and practical application opportunities in Early Childhood and Elementary school settings prepare you for your future classroom.
- UA’s Early Childhood (birth-grade 3) and Elementary Education (kindergarten-grade 6) certification programs are proud of an 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 have the best of both worlds. They begin teaching practice in local schools during the first semester in the 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 to 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, you 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 110 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 with sufficient skills may attempt credit for the course MUE 107 – Basic Music Skills via proficiency. The course is required if proficiency is not met.
During Semester I (junior year, first semester) and before acceptance into the Teacher Education Program (TEP), you will enroll in, and successfully complete pre-professional experiences, including CEE 320 – Survey of 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 Alabama Prospective Teacher Test are necessary to apply for entrance into the TEP. See the attached schedule for Praxis Core (Basic Skills) Assessments for Educators linked below.
Praxis Core (Basic Skills) Assessment 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)
Apply when you have completed the pre-professional course, CEE 320, with a grade of “C” or better, and you have met all minimum admission criteria. Note: You must apply for entrance into the TEP well before you begin Semester II of the program. Delaying application to the program will negatively affect chances for acceptance into the TEP.
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, 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 Alabama Prospective Teacher Test are necessary to apply for entrance into the TEP. See the schedule for Praxis Core (Basic Skills) Assessments for Educators linked below.
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Schedule & Information – Required as of 9-1-17.pdf
- Praxis Core (Basic Skills) 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.
- LiveText 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 LiveText as an online depository for documents completed within ongoing courses. You will deposit benchmark assignments from various courses throughout the Teacher Education Program (TEP) and reflect upon your progressive professional growth. Over time, the e-portfolio you create serves as the assessment for graduation.
Teaching Practice and Internship
- We take special pride in providing opportunities for dual Early Childhood (birth-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. Your hours are monitored through both the Office of Clinical Experiences and our university courses focused on practicum experiences.
- You will earn teaching practice clock hours at UA: Semester 1 = 40 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.