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Master of Arts (MA) in
Secondary Education (English Language Arts 6-12 Certification)


Program Overview

The University of Alabama offers you the ability to earn a Master of Arts in Secondary Education in a 100% online format for your convenience. Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn their English Language Arts 6-12 Certification and be prepared to design and deliver effective instruction in their classrooms. Through coursework in current research methods, diversity and technology-focused instruction, you will be prepared to create a modern 21st century classroom.

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Use Language to Engage Your Students

Through this degree program, you will explore ways to foster stimulating environments that promote student engagement in the active processes of language use and learning. You will cultivate your abilities as an English Language Arts teacher by engaging in research-based opportunities to thoughtfully design, plan and implement a robust curriculum. Graduates develop the skills needed to critically evaluate and reflect on instruction and assessment.

This program is designed for teachers currently certified at the bachelor’s level in Secondary Education English Language Arts who are seeking an advanced degree and master’s level certification. The program’s coursework reflects standards from the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Educational Technology Standards for Students and Teachers.

  • 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 EntranceBachelor's-level teaching certificate


The MA in Secondary Education for English Language Arts 6-12 Certification consists of 30 credit hours. Please note that courses are subject to change.

Required Courses

  • BER 500 Introduction to Educational Research
  • CAT 531 Computer-Based Instruction
  • CSE 530 Modern Secondary School Programs
  • CSE 563 Improving English Instruction

In addition to coursework, students must pass a comprehensive written examination prior to completion of the program.

Additional Requirements

  • Electives: 3-6 credit hours
  • Foundations: 3 credit hours
  • Teaching Field: 12 credit hours
  • Special education survey course (if not previously completed)


Admission to the Master of Arts in Secondary Education (English Language Arts 6-12 Certification) degree program requires the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • A valid bachelor’s level professional educator certificate in Secondary English Language Arts
  • 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
  • Statement of purpose
  • Completed UA Graduate School application
  • Completed requirements for fingerprinting/background clearance
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • References 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 A certification in Secondary Education (ELA 6-12). 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.

Does this program require teacher certification in order to apply?

Yes, one must have a valid teacher certification in order to apply for the program.

If I have a degree and want to become teacher certified, can I apply for the program?

No, this degree does not lead one to become teacher certified if they have a degree in an area other than education.

Do I need to have teaching experience before applying?

No, you can apply for this program without having prior teaching experience.


Find more information and learn about restrictions related to this degree program that may exist regarding licensure in the state in which you reside.


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