The Elementary Education program at The University of Alabama emphasizes the contextual basis for learning, particularly within the ever-expanding global community that includes many diverse kinds of learners and educators.

Our initial and advanced degree programs are dedicated to developing professionals and scholars who understand and can apply theories of teaching and learning. We seek to graduate accomplished educators who reflect, through their teaching and scholarship, a deep understanding of pedagogy, content, and the nature of the learner.

Your doctoral program will be individualized to build on the expertise and experiences you have.

  • Pursue a research agenda of interest to you
  • Build your skills in leadership in teaching as well as in research
  • Interact with dedicated researchers whose teaching is influenced by their research.
  • Accomplish a national level of recognition for your work.
  • Participate in the national annual meetings of professional associations
  • Work with experienced grant writers
  • Hone your writing skills to a high level of professional communication
  • Integrate emerging technologies into your professional work

Application Process

  1. Complete the Application Form.
  2. 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 email your DD 214 or current assignment orders to gradschool@ua.edu).
    • 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Submit supporting documents and check application status by selecting Manage Documents.

Admission Requirements

An applicant whose credentials meet both of the following minimum requirements may be considered for admission:

  1. GPA: The applicant must have a grade point average of 3.0 overall, 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours in a degree program, or 3.0 for a completed graduate degree program.
  2. Admission Test Scores: The applicant must have a score on the appropriate admissions test (e.g. GRE) that is acceptable for regular admission if required by the department or degree program to which the applicant is seeking admission.

An applicant may also be considered for admission if he or she meets EITHER the GPA requirement for admission (GPA of 3.0) OR the admissions test score requirement for admission (if required by the program). In situations where another part of the application is particularly strong, applicants may be considered for admission if both the GPA and admission test score are below the thresholds above. In cases where an admission test score or GPA are below the numbers stated above, permission to continue is granted at the end of the first 12 hours of graduate credit by earning a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Program Requirements

  • Minimum 72 hours of graduate study beyond master’s degree
  • Minimum 72 hours includes, at least, 60 coursework hours and 12 dissertation research hours
  • Course of Study includes, at least, 24 semester hours in major field
  • Course of Study includes, at least, 12 semester hours in foundational coursework
  • Course of Study includes, at least, 18 semester hours in research methods
  • With approval of your program advisory committee, some departments permit up to 6 semester hours of dissertation research credits to be included in the 60 hours of required coursework. In such cases, the minimum number of hours is 66.
  • Ed.D. Program of Study Form ELED

For more information, contact Dr. Cynthia Sunal (cvsunal@ua.edu).