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Elementary Education


Program Overview

Through the EdS in Elementary Education, you can be recognized as a specialist and expert in your chosen field.

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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 and can be completed online from any location. The EdS in Elementary Education is perfect for those seeking Alabama Class AA certification or equivalent in another state and interested in expanding their skill set.

You will complete an action research thesis giving 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)
  • AccreditationNational Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Required For EntranceMaster's level teaching certificate
  • Other Program Specifics*Test scores are waived through Fall 2022 semester applications


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 an accredited institution
  • A valid master’s level professional educator certificate in Elementary Education
  • 3.0 or higher GPA in a completed graduate degree program

Applications are accepted each semester. A completed application package includes unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, official test scores*, and a Graduate School application.

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.

*Test scores are waived through Fall 2022 semester applications.

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