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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers courses leading to the Educational Specialist (Ed. S.), the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.), and fifth-year Alabama Class A Teacher Certification. Alternative Teacher Certification is also offered through the following program: The Alternative Fifth-Year Program, available for a student who holds a bachelor's degree with a major in a field of study other than teacher education. Completion of this alternative fifth-year program leads to a M.S. Ed. and fifth-year Alabama Class A Teacher Certification.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION
MAJOR: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (P-3)

Basic Requirements

*ED 500 Intro. to Graduate Education & Technology 1
EFD 500 Research in Education 3
ECE 507 Assessment in ECE 3
EFD 560 Psychological Principles of Learning 3
**SPE 500 Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth 3

*Discipline specific section required first semester **Required for students who have not previously satisfied the Special Education requirement (i.e., SPE 300 or equivalent).
Choose One from the following:
EFD 531 Philosophy of Education 3
EFD 532 Social Foundations of Education 3
EFD 594 Seminar in Contemporary Education 3

Teaching Field Requirements (21 semester hours)
ECE 530 Designing Programs for Young Children 3

Choose six from the following:
ECE 500 Materials and Methods 3
ECE 501 Behavior and Development in Early Childhood 3
ECE 513 Individualization of Education for Young Children 3
ECE 531 Implementation & Administration of ECE Programs 3
ECE 532 Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 533 Enhancing Learning Through Children's Literature 3
ECE 538 Teaching Reading in the ECE Classroom 3
ECE 539 Teaching Writing in ECE 3
ECE 540 Intervention in the ECE Classroom 3

34-37 Semester Hours Required for this Degree

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION
EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (P-3)

Basic Requirements
*ED 500 Intro. to Graduate Education & Technology 1
ECE 512 Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education 3
EFD 500 Research in Education 3
SPE 505 Functional Communication 3
SPE 522 Assessment of Special Populations 3
SPE 533 Applying Behavior Analysis to Special Populations 3
SPE 554 Medical, Ethical, and Legal Aspects of SPE 3
**SPE 500 Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
ECE 500 Materials & Methods 3
*Discipline specific section required first semester

**Required for students who have not previously satisfied the Special Education requirement (i.e., SPE 300 or equivalent).

Teaching Field Requirements: 18 Semester Hours

ECE 501 Behavior & Development in Early Childhood 3
ECE 513 Individualization of Education for Young Children 3
SPE 560 Characteristics of Severe Disabilities (Prerequisite: SPE 300 or 500) 3
SPE 561 Research and Practices of Severe Disabilities, Elementary Level (Prerequisite: SPE 560) 3
SPE 586 Practicum in Severe Disabilities (Prerequisites: SPE 560 and SPE 561) 3
37- 40 Semester Hours Required for this Degree

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION
READING SPECIALIST (P-12)

Basic Requirements: (9-12 Semester Hours)
*ED 500 Intro. to Graduate Education & Technology 1
EFD 500 Research in Education 3
EFD 501 Test and Measurements 3
EFD 560 Psychological Principles of Learning 3
**SPE 500 Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth 3

*Discipline specific section required first semester

**Required for students who have not previously satisfied the Special Education requirement (i.e. SPE 300 or equivalent).

Teaching Field Requirements: 21 Semester Hours

RDG 538 Teaching Reading in ECE 3
RDG 542 Teaching Reading 3
RDG 545 Teaching Language Arts 3
RDG 567 Improvement of Reading in Secondary Schools 2
RDG 572 Assessment and Diagnosis in Reading 3
RDG 573 Intervention Strategies for Reading Instruction 3
RDG 574 Practicum for Teachers of Reading 2
RDG 575 Internship in Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs 2

31- 34 Semester Hours Required for this Degree*

*For admission to the M.S. Ed. with a major in Reading Specialist, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, a current teaching certificate, and two years of teaching experience. Students who hold a bachelor's level certificate in areas other than early childhood education, elementary education, or special education must complete two reading courses of which one must be an introductory reading course.


MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (K-6)

Basic Requirements
*ED 500 Intro. to Graduate Education & Technology 1
EFD 500 Research in Education 3
EED 522 Assessment in Elementary Education 3
EED 540 Curriculum Integration 3
EFD 560 Psychological Principles of Learning 3
*SPE 500 Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
*Discipline specific section required first semester

*Required for students who have not previously satisfied the Special Education requirement (i.e., SPE 300 or equivalent).

Choose One from the following:

EED 543 Teaching Social Studies 3
EED 544 Teaching Science 3
EED 545 Teaching Language Arts 3

*Electives: 0-3 Hours (Electives may be selected from courses numbered 500 and above).

* Students who have not previously satisfied the Special Education requirement must take SPE 500 and 0 semester hours of electives.

* Students who have previously satisfied the Special Education requirement must take 3 semester hours of electives. 34 Semester Hours Required for this Degree


MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION SPECIAL EDUCATION
COLLABORATIVE TEACHER (K-6)


Basic Requirements
*ED 500 Intro. to Graduate Education & Technology 1
EFD 500 Research in Education 3
**SPE 500 Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth 3

*Discipline specific section required first semester

**Required for students who have not previously satisfied the Special Education requirement (i.e., SPE 300 or equivalent).

Teaching Field Requirements (30 semester hours)

SPE 505 Functional Communication 3
SPE 516 Characteristics of Students With Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Prerequisite: SPE 500) 3
SPE 517 Preferred Instructional Practice for Elementary Students with Disabilities of Learning and Behavior (Prerequisites: SPE 500 and 516) 3
SPE 522 Assessment of Special Populations 3
SPE 533 Applying Behavior Analysis to Special Populations 3
SPE 554 Medical, Legal, and Ethical Aspects of SPE 3
SPE 560 Characteristics of Severe Disabilities (Prerequisite: SPE 300 or 500) 3
SPE 561 Research and Practices of Severe Disabilities at the Elementary Level (Prerequisite: SPE 560) 3
SPE 583 Practicum in Disabilities of Learning and Behavior (Prerequisites: SPE 516 and SPE 517) 3
SPE 586 Internship in Severe Disorders (Prerequisites: SPE 560 and SPE 561) 3

34 - 37 Semester Hours Required for this Degree
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION SPECIAL EDUCATION
COLLABORATIVE TEACHER (6-12)


Basic Requirements
*ED 500 Intro. to Graduate Education & Technology 1
EFD 500 Research in Education 3
**SPE 500 Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth 3

*Discipline specific section required first semester

**Required for students who have not previously satisfied the Special Education requirement (i.e., SPE 300 or equivalent).

Teaching Field Requirements (30 semester hours)

SPE 505 Functional Communication 3
SPE 516 Characteristics of Students With Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Prerequisite: SPE 500) 3
SPE 518 Preferred Instructional Practices for Secondary Students with Disabilities of Learning and Behavior (Prerequisite: SPE 500 and 516) 3
SPE 522 Assessment of Special Populations 3
SPE 533 Applying Behavior Analysis to Special Populations 3
SPE 554 Medical, Legal, and Ethical Aspects of SPE 3
SPE 560 Characteristics of Severe Disabilities (Prerequisite: SPE 300 or 500) 3
SPE 562 Research and Practices of Severe Disabilities at the Secondary Level (Prerequisite: SPE 560) 3
SPE 583 Internship in Disabilities of Learning and Behavior (Prerequisites: SPE 516 and SPE 518) 3
SPE 586 Internship in Severe Disorders (Prerequisites: SPE 560 and SPE 562) 3
34-37 Semester Hours Required for this Degree
EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST MAJOR: EDUCATION CONCENTRATION: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (P-3)

Basic Requirements (16-19 semester hours)
*ED 500 Intro. to Graduate Education & Technology 1
EFD 615 Leadership in Education 3
EFD 632 Assessment in Education 3
EFD 681 Problems in Education I (Prerequisites: ECE 631 and ECE 642) 3
EFD 682 Problems in Education II (Prerequisite: EFD 681) (Must be taken in the last semester of enrollment.) 3
EAD 564 Law and Politics of Education 3
**SPE 500 Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth 3

*Discipline specific section required first semester

**Students who have not previously satisfied the special education requirement at the undergraduate or graduate level must take SPE 500 and have 0 electives.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

ECE 631 Seminar in ECE: Teacher as Researcher/Issues and Trends 3
ECE 642 Professional Publications in Early Childhood Education (Prerequisite: ECE 631) 3

By faculty advisement, choose six graduate semester hours from early childhood education courses. Graduate courses selected to meet this concentration requirement must be numbered at the 500 or 600 levels.

Elective: 0 or 3 hours: By faculty advisement, three graduate semester hours of electives. Graduate courses selected to meet this concentration requirement must be numbered at the 500 or 600 levels.

30 - 31 Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes: An overall GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale on all coursework attempted is required for this program.

Courses used toward the master's degree or fifth-year master's certification may not be repeated or counted toward the Ed.S. degree.

Completion of this program leads to eligibility for sixth-year teacher certification.

Admission to this program requires fifth-year (master's) teacher certification in early childhood education P-3 or P-5.


EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST MAJOR: EDUCATION CONCENTRATION: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (K-6)

Basic Requirements (15-19 semester hours)
*ED 500 Intro. to Graduate Education & Technology 1
EFD 615 Leadership in Education 3
EFD 632 Assessment in Education 3
EFD 681 Problems in Education I (Prerequisites: EED 631 and EED 642) 3
EFD 682 Problems in Education II (Prerequisite: EFD 681)(Must be taken in the last semester of enrollment.) 3
EAD 564 Law and Politics of Education 3
**SPE 500 Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth 3

*Discipline specific section required first semester

**Students who have not previously satisfied the special education requirement at the undergraduate or graduate level must take SPE 500 and have 0 electives.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

EED 631 Seminar in EED: Teacher as Researcher/Issues and Trends 3
EED 642 Professional Publications in Elementary Education (Prerequisite: EED 631) 3
By faculty advisement, choose six graduate semester hours from elementary education courses. Graduate courses selected to meet this concentration requirement must be numbered at the 500 or 600 levels.

Elective: 0 or 3 hours: By faculty advisement, three graduate semester hours of electives. Graduate courses selected to meet this concentration requirement must be numbered at the 500 or 600 levels.

30 Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes: An overall GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale on all coursework attempted is required for this program.

Courses used toward the master's degree or fifth-year master's certification may not be repeated or counted toward the Ed.S. degree.

Completion of this program leads to eligibility for sixth-year teacher certification.

Admission to this program requires fifth-year (master's) teacher certification in elementary education K-6 or Georgia teacher certification in elementary education K-5, early childhood education P-5, or middle grades generalist 4-8.


EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST MAJOR: EDUCATION CONCENTRATION: SPECIAL EDUCATION/COLLABORATIVE TEACHER (K-6)

Basic Requirements (16-19 semester hours)

*ED 500 Intro. to Graduate Education & Technology 1
EFD 615 Leadership in Education 3
EFD 632 Assessment in Education 3
EFD 681 Problems in Education I (Prerequisites: SPE 620 and SPE 624) 3
EFD 682 Problems in Education II (Prerequisite: EFD 681)(Must be taken in the last semester of enrollment.) 3
EAD 564 Law and Politics of Education 3
**SPE 500 Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
*Discipline specific section required first semester

**Students who have not previously satisfied the special education requirement at the undergraduate or graduate level must take SPE 500 and have 0 electives.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

SPE 617 Advanced Strategies for Students with Disabilities - Elementary Level 3
SPE 661 Advanced Research and Practices of Severe Disabilities K-6 3
SPE 620 Curriculum Development Seminar in Special Education 3
SPE 624 Writing for Professional Publication 3

Elective: 0 or 3 hours: By faculty advisement, three graduate semester hours of electives. Graduate courses selected to meet this concentration requirement must be numbered at the 500 or 600 levels.

30 - 31 Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes: Students who have master's level teacher certification in a field other than special education must complete SPE 533 and SPE 583.

An overall GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale on all coursework attempted is required for this program.

Courses used toward the master's degree or fifth-year master's certification may not be repeated or counted toward the Ed.S. degree.

Completion of this program leads to eligibility for sixth-year teacher certification.

Admission to the program requires fifth-year (master's) teacher certification in any area.


EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST MAJOR: EDUCATION CONCENTRATION: SPECIAL EDUCATION/COLLABORATIVE TEACHER (6-12)

Basic Requirements (16 -18 semester hours)

*ED 500 Intro. to Graduate Education & Technology 1
EFD 615 Leadership in Education 3
EFD 632 Assessment in Education 3
EFD 681 Problems in Education I (Prerequisites: SPE 620 and SPE 624) 3
EFD 682 Problems in Education II (Prerequisite: EFD 681)(Must be taken in the last semester of enrollment.) 3
EAD 564 Law and Politics of Education 3
**SPE 500 Survey of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
*Discipline specific section required first semester

**Students who have not previously satisfied the special education requirement at the undergraduate or graduate level must take SPE 500 and have 0 electives.

Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours)

SPE 618 Advanced Strategies for Students with Disabilities - Secondary Level 3
SPE 662 Advanced Research and Practices of Severe Disabilities 6-12 3
SPE 620 Curriculum Development Seminar in Special Education 3
SPE 624 Writing for Professional Publication 3

Elective: 0 or 3 hours: By faculty advisement, three graduate semester hours of electives. Graduate courses selected to meet this concentration requirement must be numbered at the 500 or 600 levels.

30 Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes: Students who have master's level teacher certification in a field other than special education must complete SPE 533 and SPE 583.

An overall GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale on all coursework attempted is required for this program.

Courses used toward the Master's degree or fifth-year Master's certification may not be repeated or counted toward the Ed.S. degree.

Completion of this program leads to eligibility for sixth-year teacher certification.

Admission to the program requires fifth-year (master's) teacher certification in any area.