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Master of Arts (MA) in
Elementary Education


Program Overview

The University of Alabama offers you the ability to earn a master’s in Elementary Education in a 100% online format for your convenience. Upon completion of the program, you will earn Elementary Education K-6 certification. In addition, if you hold a prior bachelor’s level certification in Early Childhood Education, you can earn Early Childhood Education P-3 certification.

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Advance Your Teaching Skills

By earning an Elementary Education degree, you’ll be prepared to integrate educational design and inclusive teaching practices into your lessons and your classroom to promote student growth, collaboration, support and advocacy. The program provides grounding in educational research as it impacts schools, curriculum and practice, and the coursework links that research to student learning. You will also be periodically involved in practicum experiences that extend your studies into the classroom.

Educators who hold a master’s degree may have an advantage in the job market and qualify for a pay increase in some states. If you have a bachelor’s degree, this program is ideal for new and veteran teachers who wish to advance their skills with the latest teaching methods for K-6 education.

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  • Application DeadlineApplications accepted year round
  • Fees$10 College of Education graduate fee (per credit hour)
  • RankingRanked 3rd for the Best Online Master's in Elementary Education by (2022)
  • AccreditationNational Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Required For EntranceBachelor's level teaching certificate in Elementary Education


The online Master of Arts in Elementary Education consists of 30-36 credit hours. In addition to courses in the areas of curriculum and instruction, foundations, and research, students enroll in 12 credit hours in the teaching fields of their choice.

Please note that courses are subject to change.

  • BER 500 Introduction to Educational Research
  • BER 550 Evaluation of Classroom Learning (required for those who have not taken an evaluation of technology and learning course as part of an undergraduate or graduate program)
  • CEE 532 Early Childhood and Elementary School Curriculum
  • CEE 574 Guiding Early Childhood and Elementary Pupil Learning
  • Foundations Course – approved by adviser

  • CAT 531 Computer Based Instruction
  • Adviser approved elective
  • SPE 500 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth (required for those who have not taken a special education survey course)

Students choose one specialty option (two are recommended)

  • Language Arts
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies


Admission to the Master of Arts in Elementary Education requires the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A valid bachelor’s level professional educator certificate in elementary education*
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a 3.0 average for the last 60 hours in a degree program, or a 3.25 or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • Statement of Purpose

*A bachelor’s level professional educator certificate in Early Childhood Education is required for the Early Childhood option

Applications are accepted each semester. Students may begin the program fall, spring or summer semester. A completed application package includes unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, 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.


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