General

What do I do if I’m going to take my prerequisites over the summer at another institution?
Not a problem. Follow the links below for requesting prerequisite overrides for math, chemistry, and biology, and don’t forget to complete your letter of transiency form.

Request a biology prerequisite override

Request a chemistry prerequisite override

Request a math prerequisite override

I’m concerned about getting a job and what comes after I graduate. What should I do?
It’s always important to focus on what comes next. The Career Center is accepting virtual appointments, and they offer numerous resources for preparing resumes and cover letters as well as job opportunities through Handshake. Visit the Career Center website for more information.

How can I get my red graduation cap and/or Latin-honors stoles?
We are currently working on a contingency plan for students to receive their College of Education Latin-honors stole and/or red cap. Students who are eligible will be notified via email at a later date explaining the new process.

Teacher Internship

After receiving more information and direction with regard to the internships and grading for spring 2020, it is important to note the following.

Pass/Fail Option

UA Information on Pass/Fail
Both undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to choose a Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option for courses in which they are enrolled during Spring semester 2020, provided that the course has not yet ended. Students have until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24th to make changes to their grading options. This may not be applicable to students in professional degree programs, who should contact their program for grading information.

In addition to the P/F grading, the withdrawal deadline has also been extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24th.

Any student considering the change from standard letter grading to P/F grading is strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor, pre-professional school advisor, athletics advisor, and/or financial aid advisor to understand the implications of the change on one’s future plans, including progress toward degree completion, future graduate/professional applications, and/or current and future financial aid.

Students may choose a P/F grading scheme on a course-by-course basis for the spring 2020 semester.
If students do not choose the P/F grading scheme, the faculty will continue to report letter grades for courses originally designed to use letter grades.
Students will be allowed to switch to P/F Grading at any point up until the last day of classes (Friday, April 24th) at 5 p.m.
For all graduate programs (master’s and doctoral), and for particular professional programs,* since grades below C do not carry credit toward a degree, a grade of D will be reported as an F under the P/F option.  For other programs, any grade from A+ to D- will be reported as a P if the student elects the P/F option.
* “Professional programs” include particular undergraduate and graduate programs in Nursing, Education, Social Work, and Human Environmental Sciences.  Medicine and Law will institute their own policy. For specifics, please contact your instructor, advisor or department chair.

Should I, as a College of Education student, select the pass/fail option for one of my classes?
STUDENTS IN CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS IN TEACHER EDUCATION ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO CONTINUE WITH THE TRADITIONAL GRADING SYSTEM RATHER THAN THE PASS/FAIL OPTION.  UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE PASS/FAIL OPTION COULD PRESENT A CHALLENGE FOR TIMELY PROGRESSION AND PROGRAM COMPLETION.

STUDENTS IN UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS LEADING TO TEACHER CERTIFICATION

If you are an undergraduate student in a teacher certification program and plan to exercise the Pass/Fail option for the Spring, 2020 semester, it is imperative that you contact an advisor in Student Services before doing so. Your minimum GPA must be 2.75 overall, 2.75 in the teaching field, and 2.75 in professional studies courses.  A grade of “Pass” does not calculate into your GPA.  You are strongly encouraged to complete this semester with the traditional grading system and not to choose the Pass/Fail Option.

STUDENTS IN GRADUATE PROGRAMS LEADING TO TEACHER CERTIFICATION

Graduate students in all certification programs are encouraged to contact their faculty advisor before exercising the Pass/Fail option for Spring, 2020 semester.  All master’s level students (Alt A and Traditional A) must complete a program with a minimum 3.25 GPA, while EdS (Class AA) program completers must earn 3.50 for graduation and program completion.  The State Dept. does not allow the ‘rounding-up’ of GPAs.  Grades of “Pass” do not calculate into the GPA.

Which Spring 2020 courses are eligible for me to select the Pass/Fail Option?

A: Students may choose the Pass/Fail option for any undergraduate or graduate course for which they are currently enrolled at The University of Alabama and have not yet received a final grade. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor prior to making this decision. 

If I select the Pass/Fail option for a Spring 2020 course, will it be allowed to count towards my degree/major/minor if I earn a P grade?  

A: Yes. Students may satisfy such requirements if they earn a P grade. All programs that normally require a course for a letter grade must accept P/F grades for all courses the Spring 2020 semester. 

Can I apply the Pass/Fail Option to a course for which I have already withdrawn? 

A: No. 

How would the Pass/Fail Option potentially affect my GPA?

A: The P grade is not counted in the grade point average nor used in the determination of honors, therefore it would not help a student who is attempting to improve their academic standing. Like a standard F grade, the F grade earned under the Pass/Fail Option will be included in the calculation of the grade point average. 

What is the deadline for selecting Pass/Fail Options for my Spring 2020 class schedule?

A: The deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 24th. 

Will these courses count against the 12-hour undergraduate limit, or the 20% graduate limit, on pass/fail classes? 

A: No. Classes for which you select the Pass/Fail Option for the Spring 2020 semester will not count towards the normal 12-hour limit for your undergraduate career, or the 20% limit for your graduate career. 

The University has said P grades will count toward my major and degree. What about prerequisites for those classes? Will Ps allow the course to count as a prerequisite for the next course?
Yes, a grade of P will count and allow you to complete the course and move on to the next class.