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MASTER OF ARTS (MA) IN
Educational Leadership and Reduced Hour Option (Instructional Leadership Certification)

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Program Overview

The master’s degree program in Educational Leadership leading to certification in Instructional Leadership and the Alabama master’s level Instructional Leadership reduced hour certification only option offered through The University of Alabama prepare experienced educators to work in the area of school administration.

  • Program Format

    Online
  • Credit Hours

    18-33
  • Tuition Per Hour

    $440

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Educators gain a thorough understanding of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the field of educational leadership. They learn to work with students, families, and communities in ways that reflect the dispositions expected of educational leaders.

The program content is consistent with state and national standards. Individuals interested in applying to this program must have three years of full-time professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, which includes at least one year of full-time teaching experience, and have a desire to move into an administrative position.

MA in Educational Leadership (Instructional Leadership Certification)

This program is designed for educators who currently hold a bachelor’s degree and Alabama Class B teaching certification. Completion of the program leads to a master’s degree and Alabama Class A certification in Instructional Leadership. The program is offered fully online to accommodate the busy schedules of professional educators. Courses are led by experienced faculty members from the UA College of Education.

Class A Instructional Leadership Certification Only

This program is designed for educators who have earned a master’s degree and hold a valid Alabama Class A teaching certificate. The reduced hour option is aligned with state standards for instructional leaders. Completion of the program leads to Alabama Class A certification in Instructional Leadership. The program is offered fully online to accommodate the busy schedules of professional educators. Courses are led by experienced faculty members from the UA College of Education.

  • Application DeadlineFor the MA: July 1 for fall, November 15 for spring, and May 1 for summer; for the reduced-hour option: July 1 for fall, November 1 for spring, and April 1 for summer
  • Fees$10 graduate College of Education fee (per hour)
  • AccreditationFor the MA: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Required For EntranceFor the MA: Alabama bachelor's level teaching certificate; for the reduced-hour option: Alabama master's level teaching certificate
  • Other Program Specifics*Test scores are waived through Fall 2022 semester applications for the master's degree.

Curriculum

Select from the two options below. Program and courses are subject to change.

Courses for the program are offered online. A new cohort of students begins each summer, fall and spring. The program consists of 30-33 credit hours.

Required Courses

  • AEL 520 Leadership for Communities
  • AEL 521 Leadership for Improvement
  • AEL 522 Teaching and Learning
  • AEL 523 Human Resources Development
  • AEL 524 Ethics and Law
  • AEL 525 Management
  • AEL 526 Data-Informed Decision Making
  • AEL 527 Internship in Educational Leadership
  • BER 540 Statistical Methods in Education
  • Any BEF graduate level foundations course approved by advisor
  • Students who have not taken a special education survey course will enroll in SPE 500.

In addition to the required courses, students must complete a 10-day in-school residency and maintain a portfolio to document experiences. Students must also pass the Praxis prior to completion of the program.

View more information about this program through the University’s catalog.

Courses for the program are offered online. A new cohort of students begins each summer, fall and spring. The reduced-hour option consists of 18-24 credit hours.

Required Courses

  • AEL 520 Leadership for Communities
  • AEL 521 Leadership for Improvement
  • AEL 523 Human Resources Development
  • AEL 524 Ethics and Law
  • AEL 525 Management
  • AEL 527 Internship in Instructional Leadership
  • Any BEF graduate level foundations course approved by advisor
  • Students who have not taken a special education survey course will enroll in SPE 500.

Students must complete a 10-day in school residency and submit a Livetext portfolio to document their experiences. Students must also pass the Praxis and a comprehensive exam prior to completion of the program.

Admission

Admission to the MA program requires the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Current Alabama bachelor’s level professional educator certificate in a teaching field or current Alabama master’s level professional educator certificate in a teaching field or instructional support area
  • Experience Options:
    • Experience Option One: Three years of full-time professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, including one year of full-time P-12 classroom teaching experience
    • Experience Option Two: Alabama master’s level certification as a library media specialist or school counselor and seven full years of full-time employment, in the same school system, as a library media specialist or school counselor in a P-12 setting
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a 3.0 average for the last 60 hours in a degree program or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • Minimum score of 300 on the GRE or 50th percentile on the MAT*
  • Participation in oral and written interviews with program faculty
  • Submission of an application portfolio to the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies to include:
    • Copy of most recent performance appraisal
    • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement
    • Evidence of leadership potential
    • Resume/vitae
    • Statement identifying reasons for pursuing degree
    • Statement outlining program expectations
    • Copy of teaching certificate
    • Completed EXP form
      • Experience must be verified on the notarized Supplement EXP form. Section III and V should be completed by your current and/or previous school system(s) (usually the HR department); Section IV is not required. Questions related to acceptable experience or certification should be directed to Dawn Bryant, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions and Certification at debryant@ua.edu. The original form should be mailed to:

The University of Alabama College of Education
ATTN: Dawn Bryant
Box 870231
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0231

A completed Graduate School application package includes unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation (one from current employing principal/superintendent), a statement of purpose, and official test scores.* Applicants applying under Experience Option Two must provide a written recommendation from the current employing superintendent.

*Test scores are waived through Fall 2022 semester applications.

Application Deadlines:

  • May 1 – summer admission
  • July 1 – fall admission
  • November 15 – spring admission

Note: Students enrolled in the reduced hour option are not eligible for financial aid.

Admission to the reduced hour option certification only program requires the following:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Current Alabama master’s level professional educator certificate in a teaching field or instructional support area
  • Experience Options:
    • Experience Option One: Three years of full-time professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, including one year of full-time P-12 classroom teaching experience
    • Experience Option Two: Alabama master’s level certification as a library media specialist or school counselor and seven full years of full-time employment, in the same school system, as a library media specialist or school counselor in a P-12 setting
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • Submission of an application portfolio to the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies to include:
    • Copy of most recent performance appraisal
    • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement
    • Evidence of leadership potential
    • Resume/vitae
    • Statement identifying reasons for pursuing degree
    • Statement outlining program expectations
    • Copy of teaching certificate
    • Completed EXP form
      • Experience must be verified on the notarized Supplement EXP form. Section III and V should be completed by your current and/or previous school system(s) (usually the HR department); Section IV is not required. Questions related to acceptable experience or certification should be directed to Dawn Bryant, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions and Certification at debryant@ua.edu. The original form should be mailed to:

The University of Alabama College of Education
ATTN: Dawn Bryant
Box 870231
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0231

A completed Graduate School application package includes unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation (one from current employing principal/superintendent), and a statement of purpose. Applicants applying under Experience Option Two must provide a written recommendation from the current employing superintendent.

Apply as a distance learning non-degree seeking student. Indicate 18-hour Instructional Leadership Program as purpose of applying for non-degree admission.

Application Deadlines:

  • April 1 – summer admission
  • July 1 – fall admission
  • Nov. 1 – spring admission

Do you accept out-of-state students into the program?

In order to apply to the master’s program, you must have an Alabama bachelor’s level teacher certification. If you are out of state, you would need to obtain an Alabama bachelor’s level certification in order to apply.

Do you have a reduced hour option for certification?

Yes, UA Online offers an Educational Leadership reduced hour option that consists of 18 credit hours. In order to apply for the reduced hour option, you need to have an Alabama master’s level teacher certification.

Do I need to have teaching experience before applying?

You must meet Experience Option One, or if you hold Alabama master’s level certification as a library media specialist or school counselor, you may meet Experience Option Two.

  • Experience Option One: Three years of full-time professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, including one year of full-time P-12 classroom teaching experience

          OR

  • Experience Option Two: Alabama master’s level certification as a library media specialist or school counselor, seven full years of full-time employment, in the same school system, as a library media specialist or school counselor in a P-12 setting if admitted Spring 2022 or thereafter

Is there a way to obtain an Alabama bachelor’s level teacher certification if I am an out-of-state student?

Yes, you may reach out to Dawn Bryant who works with certification in the College of Education if you would like to receive information on how to obtain an Alabama bachelor’s level certification. Please email Dawn at debryant@ua.edu.

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