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Educational Specialist (EdS) in
Elementary Education


Program Overview

The University of Alabama offers you the ability to earn an EdS in Elementary Education degree around your schedule – 100% online. In this program, you will have the opportunity to study current research topics and best practices to curate an effective educational environment for your students.

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Model Lifelong Learning and Continue Your Education

Your coursework will focus on the constructivist nature of the teaching-learning process. Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on the UA campus but can be completed online from any location. The EdS in Elementary Education is perfect for those seeking Alabama Class AA certification or the equivalent in another state and are interested in expanding their skill set through coursework in diversity, leadership, research and hands-on classroom experiences.

You will complete an action research thesis, which gives you the opportunity to teach a piece of curriculum from your own classroom or school in a new way and compare the results with previous outcomes.

  • Application DeadlineApplications accepted year round
  • Fees$10 College of Education graduate fee (per credit hour)
  • AccreditationCouncil for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Required For EntranceMaster's level teaching certificate in Elementary Education


The EdS in Elementary Education consists of 30 credit hours. Program and courses are subject to change.

Required Courses

  • CIE 625 Research Seminar Science Curriculum
  • CIE 626 Research Seminar Social Science Curriculum
  • CIE 680 Seminar in Mathematics Educational Research
  • CRD 690 Advanced Seminar Literacy
  • CEE 687 Topical Research Review
  • CEE 697 Specialist Degree Research

Additional Requirements

  • Foundations course: 3 credit hours
  • Educational Research course: 3 credit hours
  • Adviser approved research course: 3 credit hours
  • Adviser approved elective course: 3 credit hours
  • Special education survey course (if not previously completed)


Admission to the Educational Specialist in Elementary Education degree program requires the following:

  • A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • A valid master’s level professional educator certificate in Elementary Education
    • An applicant who holds both Class B Elementary and Class A Reading is also eligible
  • A 3.0 GPA or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • Statement of purpose
  • Completed UA Graduate School application
  • Completed requirements for fingerprinting/background clearance
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Recommendation letters must be from current and former professors and/or supervisory personnel knowledgeable of the applicant’s academic and professional capabilities for all College of Education programs that lead to professional certification

Applications are accepted each semester. Students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semester.

This program leads to Alabama Class AA certification in Elementary Education (K-6). If you reside or intend to seek professional licensure outside of the state of Alabama, please review the requirements for that state prior to applying to this program.

The programs listed in the current UA Graduate Catalog that lead to Alabama Class A and Class AA professional certificates may be altered to meet certification standards adopted by the Alabama State Board of Education.


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