Expand your career with The University of Alabama’s Elementary Education Master of Arts Degree Program. We offer flexible formats and online learning options for in-service teachers and full time learners. Our theoretically and experientially-based programs will allow you to explore innovative knowledge and skills in your chosen academic area of interest.

Admission Requirements 

After your acceptance into The University of Alabama’s Graduate School, you will begin progress toward our fully online Elementary Education Master’s Degree. Visit the Graduate School for admission requirements at https://graduate.ua.edu/

Program Requirements

Our Elementary Education Traditional Master’s degree builds upon your existing Class B teaching certificate (or the equivalent) and leads to Alabama Class “A” certification in Elementary Education, grades K-6.

Candidates for this degree maintain:

  • GPA of, at least, 3.25 on all coursework selected from the Program of Study
  • All courses are completed with a final grade of “C” or better
  • A minimum of 30 earned credit hours

Program of Study

Upon admission to the Elementary Education Master’s Degree program, a one-on-one faculty advisor is assigned and available to work with you. The Program of Study document lists the courses. See the Program of Study and a Three Year Plan for Master’s Degree Courses linked below.

When reading the Program of Study, note that, pairs of courses in this program provide an opportunity for you to focus on a selected graduate-level specialty teaching field (e.g., science, social studies, mathematics, literacy, or language arts). While one specialty teaching option is required, two specialty options are strongly recommended.

Transferring Credit Hours

A maximum of 12 transfer credit hours, if approved by your advisor, may be applied toward the degree. Students should see their advisers regarding which courses are appropriate for transfer credit. Note that credits over six (6) years old may not be used, and credits used for the original Class B certificate are not applicable.

Electronic Portfolio 

All ELE MA students submit an electronic portfolio that concentrates on reflection of particular areas of professional opportunities and Master’s degree coursework. Students must submit initially upon admittance, at a midpoint, and then at graduation. Portfolios are assessed by a student’s advisor who will provide feedback by assessing the portfolio at each of the three checkpoints with a portfolio rubric and a dispositions rubric. Scoring at the level of Target or higher is required for graduation.

Points of Pride

  • 30-credit-hour duration of the program
  • Convenience of an online program
  • Master’s Degree & Class “A” Certification
  • Affordability
  • We are honored to be ranked number 6, nationwide, in the 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Elementary Education Degrees. Read more about it at http://www.onlineu.org/most-affordable-colleges/elementary-education-degrees
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