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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2011-2012

DEPARTMENT OF LEADERSHIP AND TEACHER EDUCATION

Chair: Dr. Harold Dodge (251) 380-2894   
Professors: Baxter, Cwikla, Ellis, Giles, Shaw   
Associate Professors: Bailey, Campbell, Dodge, Gray, Green,
Kent, Kinniburgh, Santoli, Tunks
   
Assistant Professors: Delmas, McGowan, Martin,
Turnipseed, Vitulli   
Emeritus Professors: Terry Cronis, Mary Beth Culp   
Senior Instructor: Byrd, Simpson   
Instructors: Gaillard, Kennedy   
Department of Leadership and Teacher Education web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/lted/    
UNDERGRADUATE   
The Department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education leading to Alabama Class B certification in the following areas: Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.   
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS   
Minimum General Studies (64 semester hours) For K-6 Teacher Education    
See College of Education General Studies Requirement.   
K-6 Teacher Education majors must take 12 semester hours in each of the following four disciplines: English language arts, mathematics (MA 110 or higher and MA 201), social science, and lab science (BLY 101 + lab and two lab science courses representing two areas from BLY, CH, GY, PH, or GEO 101, GEO 102) with a grade of "C" or higher in each course.    
K-6 TEACHER EDUCATION    
The program for K-6 Teacher Education is designed to prepare teachers for kindergarten through grade six. Satisfactory completion of the program requirements and accompanying tests lead to a recommendation for a Class B Certificate in Elementary Education and Special Education Collaborative K-6. Students may also qualify for a Class B Certificate in Early Childhood Education (P-3) through an additional field placement and a Class B Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education through an additional internship and two courses.   
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
(no grade below “C” in professional studies or teaching field)
   
In addition to General Studies, the requirements for a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with a K-6 Teacher Education major are:   

Professional Studies (32 semester hours)     
Curriculum, Teaching, and Media     8 hrs   
EDU 302, EDU 311, EDU 345*, EDM 310     
Educational Foundations     9 hrs   
EDF 315, EPY 351, and EDU 312      
Evaluation of Teaching and Learning     3 hrs   
EPY 355*     
Internship     12 hrs   
EDU 430* (6 hrs) and EDU 495* (6 hrs)      

Teaching Field/Curriculum Area (32 semester hours)   
EDU 300*, EDU 301, EDU 303*, EDU 313*, EDU 330*, EDU 331*, EDU 335*, EDU 336*, EDU 337*, EDU 346*, EDU 362*, HS 365    
OPTIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Candidates completing the K-6 Teacher Education program may take courses listed below to obtain additional class B certificates.
Early Childhood Class B certificate;
EDU
498 (3 credit hours) field experience
Early Childhood Special Education Class B certificate;
EDU 497 (3-6 credit hours) internship, EDU 432, EDU 433
   
*Only for students admitted to teacher candidacy   

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION PRAXIS II TEST INFORMATION
Applicants completing a K-6 Teacher Education program and applying for initial certification after the summer term 2012 will be required to pass the following Praxis II tests in addition to (0014 or 5014) required for candidacy,.
For Elementary Education (0204 or 5204),
and (0622 or 5622)
For Early Childhood Education (0204 or 5204),
For Collaborative K-6 SPE (0354 or 5354),
For Early Childhood Special Education (0354 or 5354).
   

EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES
The Department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Early Childhood Studies to prepare individuals to work with young children (birth through age 8) as teachers, directors and other professionals in child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, other infant and toddler programs, private preschools, Early Intervention programs or other programs where teacher certification is not required.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

General Education (64 hours)
Professional Studies (30 hours)
EDM 310, EDF 315, EPY 251 or PSY 250, PSY 350, EDU 400, EEC 346, RED 334 and EEC 496
Early Childhood Core (34 hours)
AED 301, MUE 236, PE 166,
RED 348, HS 262 or 351, DRA 110 or 290 and approved electives/tracts.

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER CANDIDACY    

In addition to meeting the College of Education criteria for admission to teacher candidacy, K-6 Teacher Education majors must have satisfactorily completed: 12 hours (as specified on the advising sheets or in PAWS) in each of the following four disciplines: English language arts, mathematics, social sciences, and sciences with a grade of "C" or higher in each course. K-6 Teacher Education majors must have a passing score on the Elementary Education Content Knowledge Praxis II exam.    

SECONDARY EDUCATION   
The Department offers degree programs to prepare middle/high school teachers for grades 6-12. Candidates are required to complete a content field major in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Secondary Education major.   
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS   
Minimum General Studies (64 semester hours)   
For Secondary Education (Grades 6-12)   
I.    Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) Option    
This option is designed to prepare students to teach in secondary level grades 6-12.    
A. Professional Studies (42 semester hours minimum)    
EDF 315; EPY 351; EDU 363, EDU 400; EDM 310; EPY 355; EDU 340, EDU 341; EDU 451; EDU 342 and one of the following appropriate methods courses: EDU 453, EDU 454, EDU 456, EDU 457 and one of the following student teacher internships: EDU 466, EDU 467, EDU 468, EDU 469.    
B. Teaching Fields   
Students must select one Comprehensive Teaching Field. One third of the course work in each teaching field must be in the upper-division. All programs require a double major in secondary education and in an Arts & Sciences content field.    
(1) English Language Arts    
(Arts and Sciences - English Double Major with Education, 54 semester hours)    
RED 352; DRA 110; CA 100; CA 220; EH elective (200 level or above, EH 370 recommended); CA or DRA or EH elective; EH 371, EH 401. Nine hours in EH 215, EH 216 or EH 225, EH 226 or EH 235, EH 236; and one additional survey elective course: EH 215 or EH 216 or EH 225 or EH 226 or EH 235 or EH 236. The remaining coursework must come from the following areas (18 hours):    

1.    At least one course in literature prior to 1660 (EH 314, EH 315, EH 321, EH 322, EH 323, EH 324, EH 461, EH 465, EH 467, EH 470, EH 471, or EH 472).   
2.    At least one course in British or American literature from 1660-1900 (EH 331, EH 332, EH 334, EH 340, EH 342, EH 343, EH 351, EH 352, EH 353, EH 354, EH 462, EH 474, EH 475).    
3.    At least one course in twentieth-century literature (EH 360, EH 361, EH 367, EH 463, EH 468, EH 476, EH 478, or EH 479)    
4.    One of the the following courses: EH 402, EH 421, or EH 422.    
5.    At least two courses at the 400-level (exclusive of requirement #4, above) from the following courses: EH 403, EH 461, EH 477, EH 480, EH 481, EH 482, EH 483, EH 484, EH 485, EH 486, EH 487, EH 488, EH 490, EH 492, EH 494, EH 496, or EH 499).    

Must include at least 36 semester hours of English courses (excluding EH 101 and EH 102), with a minimum of 19 semester hours of English coursework at the 300-400 level to include a minimum of three (3) courses at the 400-level -- at least 15 of these upper division hours MUST be taken at USA. English Language Arts majors submit a writing portfolio in the student's senior year. See English Department for details and deadlines.    
(2) Mathematics   
(Arts and Sciences - Mathematics Double Major with Education, 45 semester hours)    
ST 210 or ST 315, and ST 335; MA 311 (Fall), MA 320 (Fall), MA 321 (Spring), MA 410 (Fall), and MA 413 (Fall); one 3-hour elective from MA 300-499 level; and one 3-hour elective from MA 400-499 level; MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 237, and MA 238. Must have a minimum of 19 semester hours of MA 300-400 level courses. At least 15 of these upper division hours must be taken at USA.    
(3) General Science Composite    
(Arts and Sciences - Biology Double Major with Education, 72 semester hours)   
GEO 101 and GEO 101L, PH 101 and PH 101L, MA 115, ST 210, BLY 121 and 121L and BLY 122 and 122L, CH 131 and 131L and CH 132 and 132L, CH 201, PH 114 and PH 114L or PH 201 and PH 201L, PH 115 and PH 115L or PH 202 and PH 202L, BLY 205, BLY 301, BLY 302, BLY 303, and twenty (20) hours from specified BLY 300-499 courses.    
At least 15 of these upper division hours (6 hours at 400 levels and 9 hours at 300 or 400 level) MUST be taken at USA.    
(4) Social Science Composite    
(Arts and Sciences - Social Science Double Major with Education,
54 semester hours)   
PSC 130, PSC 250 or PSC 270; ECO 300 or ECO 215 and ECO 216; GEO 114 or GEO 115; PSY 120; SY 109, or AN 100; HY 101, HY 102, HY 135 and HY 136; HY 103 or HY 104 or HY 228 or HY 321 or HY 323 or HY 325 or HY 326 or HY 362 or HY 364 or HY 365 or HY 366 or HY 367 or HY 368 or HY 429 or HY 461 or HY 465; HY 432 or HY 433 or HY 434 or HY 435 or HY 436 or HY 437, HY 441 or HY 442 or HY 443, and fifteen (15) hours of approved upper-division History electives. (Check with Department.) At least 15 of these upper division hours (6 hours at 400 levels and 9 hours at 300 or 400 level) MUST be taken at USA.    
Certification options are also available for Secondary Biology, Chemistry,
and Physics.
   
Please visit http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/coursesofstudy.shtml for specific program requirements.    
SPECIAL EDUCATION    
The Department has three undergraduate Special Education Certification Options, each leading toward a Bachelor of Science Degree:Collaborative Teaching K-6, and Early Childhood Special Education, as certification options in K-6 Teacher Education and Collaborative Teaching 6-12.   
The programs in Special Education are designed to prepare teachers to function in a variety of settings with birth-through-high-school-level students.   
Students must obtain a minimum grade of “C” in each professional studies and teaching field course in the area of Special Education.   
Non-majors seeking enrollment in courses should obtain permission from the department chair. Successful completion of the program and eligibility for the Bachelor of Science degree and/or teaching certificate necessitates that requirements of the Department, the College of Education, the University of South Alabama, the Alabama State Department of Education, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education be met.   
THE BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAM   
Special Education undergraduate Collaborative Teacher 6-12 program include a minimum of 128 semester hours. Advisors provide the specific course information for each student. Professional courses are organized into blocks which must be taken in a specified sequence.    
ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY   
Students must apply in the College of Education Advising Center, for admission to teacher candidacy. Students must have satisfactorily completed 12 semester hours (as specified on the advising sheets or in PAWS) in each of the following disciplines: English language arts, mathematics, social sciences, and sciences with a grade of "C" or higher in each course, and professional studies courses. All previously listed requirements of the University and College must have been met also. Students must apply as early as possible preferably by the end of the sophomore year.   
Minimum General Studies (64 semester hours)   
See College of Education section or departmental advising sheets for general studies requirements.   
Professional Studies (39 semester hours minimum)   
Visit the web for specific information at:
http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/forms/spe612b.pdf.   
Areas of Specialization (36 semester hours)
Collaborative Teaching   
Visit the web for specific information at:
http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/forms/spe612b.pdf.   
PRAXIS II REQUIREMENT FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION    
Applicants completing a special education program and applying for initial special education certification are required to pass the Special Education Praxis II test (0354 or 5354). Applicants completing the program after the summer term 2013 will be required to pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) K-6 (0622 or 5622) or 6-12 (0624 or 5624) Praxis.   
GRADUATE   
The department offers the M.Ed. degree leading to Alabama Class A Certification in the following areas: Art Education, Instructional Leadership, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Reading Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. Deadlines for applications are June 15 for fall, November 1 for spring and April 1 for summer admissions for all programs (except Instructional Leadership- October 1 for spring and March 1 for summer and July 1 for fall).    
The department also offers the Instructional Specialist degree (Ed.S.) leading to Alabama Class AA Certification in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, Reading Specialist, Secondary Education, Special Education and Teacher Leader.    
EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION    
The department offers the M.Ed in Educational Administration and the M.Ed in Educational Administration leading to Alabama Class "A" certification in Instructional Leadership. The department also offers the Instructional Specialist Degree (Ed.S.). leading to Alabama Class "AA" certification in Instructional Leadership. Instructional Leadership courses empower students for advancement in educational service. Leadership programs emphasize growth from the knowledge base through simulations to practical application and career mobility.    
Special Admission Requirements for Instructional Leadership Certification    
Applications for graduate programs in Instructional Leadership are reviewed for admission to the fall, spring and summer semesters. Readmission to some programs in Education (i.e. Educational Administration, Doctoral Program, and some AA/Ed.S. Programs) require review by program faculty. Deadline for receipt of all application materials is October 1, March 1 and July 1.   
In addition to the requirements listed in the College section of the bulletin, program specific requirements for admission to Instructional Leadership include:    

1.
An admission portfolio is required. Applicants should follow a specific format for organizing their admissions portfolio. A copy of this format may be obtained by accessing "Admissions Requirements" at http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/forms/edadmapgm.pdf.   
2.
Successful completion of a structured interview with Educational Leadership faculty members.    

Admission decisions involve evaluation of the applicant's grade-point average, scores on the GRE, all materials in the admission portfolio, and structured interview. Program enrollment and availability will also be considered. The application, transcripts, test scores, and complete admissions portfolio must be received by the Office of Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, 36688-0002 by October 1, March 1 and July 1.   
Class A Certificate in Instructional Leadership and Master of Education Degree   
Students entering this program must have a bachelor's degree and Alabama Class B Certification in a teaching field. Program requirements include:   

1.    completing a minimum of 33 semester hours as outlined below with at least a 3.25 grade-point average, including a grade of "B" or above in all courses with EDL prefix,    
2.    passing the electronic portfolio assessment (Foliotek), and completing a School-based Residency focused on authentic assessments of performance on state standards.   
3.    passing a written comprehensive examination.   

The Class A Certificate is valid for 5 years and is renewable.   

I.     Instructional Leadership Core   
(18 semester hours minimum)
EDL 501, EDL 502, EDL 503, EDL 504, EDL 505, EDL 506    
II.    Residency   
(six semester hours minimum)
EDL 598 Residency   
Students must have a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II exam prior to a recommendation for certification.    
III.     Educational Foundations and Educational Psychology    
(six semester hours minimum)   
A.     EDF 515    
B.     Select One:
EPY 502, EPY 521    
IV.     Research (three semester hours minimum)   
IDE 510   
Students who have not completed a survey course of exceptionalities must take SPE 500. This is in addition to the 33 hour program.    

Class AA Certificate in Instructional Leadership and Educational Specialist Degree for the Instructional Specialist   
Students entering this program must have a Master’s Degree, Alabama Class A Certification in Educational Administration, and three years of successful teaching experience. Program requirements include completing a minimum of 33 semester hours as outlined below with at least 3.25 grade-point average and a grade of "B" or above in all courses with EDL prefix and passing a written comprehensive examination.   
The Class AA Certificate is valid for five (5) years and is renewable.   

I.     Core Courses   
(21 semester hours minimum)
IDE 620, IDE 640, IDE 650, IDE 692, EPY 602, EDF 615, EDL 699   
II.     Area of Certification   
(12 semester hours minimum)
EDL 603, EDL 611, EDL 621, EDL 631, EDL 695 (req)   

Refer to the College of Education general section of this Bulletin for other program requirements.   
MASTER OF EDUCATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD   
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Early Childhood Education provides advanced study for teachers working with children three through eight years of age. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the Class A Professional Early Childhood Education Certificate provided they already hold the Class B Professional Early Childhood Certificate.   
Note: The appropriate course of study sheets and the assigned departmental advisor should be consulted in all program matters.   
Thesis   
A student may elect to write a thesis as part of the program. If the student decides to write a thesis, a thesis committee will be appointed to work with the student and to evaluate the thesis. (IDE 510 and IDE 620 are required.)   
Program   
The program for the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is as follows: 33 minimum hours required (500 level)   
A.    Curriculum and Teaching (15 semester hours)
EEC 553, EEC 522, EEC 523, RED 531 and EEC 532 or EEC 535 or EEC 537   
B.    Educational Foundations (3 semester hours)
EDF 515 or EPY 502   
C.    Research & Evaluation (3 semester hours)**
IDE 510
IDE 620 (Thesis Option Only with IDE 510)    
D.    Technology (3 semester hours)
EDM 510   
E.     Teaching Field (9 semester hours)
Advisor approved 500 level AED, EEC, RED courses
   
All certification programs require an introductory special education course SPE 500, if not completed at the undergraduate level. This is in addition to the 33 semester hour requirement.   
**Students who have previously not completed an evaluation course will be required to complete an approved evaluation course in addition to IDE 510.   
MASTER OF EDUCATION IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION   
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Elementary Education provides advanced study for teachers working with children six through eleven years of age. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the Class A Professional Elementary Education Certificate provided they already hold a Class B Professional Elementary Education Certificate.   
Note: The appropriate course of study sheets and the assigned department advisor should be consulted in all program matters.   
Thesis   
A student may elect to write a thesis as part of the program. If the student decides to write a thesis, a thesis committee will be appointed to work with the student and to evaluate the thesis. (IDE 510 and IDE 620 are required.)   
Program   
The program for the M.Ed. in Elementary Education is the following: 33 minimum hours required (500 level).   
A.     Curriculum and Teaching (12 semester hours)
EEC 522, EEC 523, RED 531 and EEC 532 or EEC 535 or EEC 537.   
B.     Educational Foundations (3 semester hours)
EDF 515, or EPY 502   
C.    Research & Evaluation (3 semester hours)**
IDE 510*
IDE 620 (Thesis Option Only with IDE 510)   
D.    Technology (3 semester hours)
EDM 510    
E.     Teaching Field (15 semester hours)
Advisor approved 500 level AED, EEC, RED courses    
All certification programs require an introductory special education course SPE 500, if not completed at the undergraduate level. This is in addition to the 33 semester hour requirement.    
**Students who have not previously completed an evaluation course will be required to complete an approved evaluation course in addition to IDE 510.   
ALTERNATIVE M.Ed. IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
ALTERNATIVE M.Ed. IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION    
In general, the program requires a minimum of 42 graduate hours and such additional undergraduate courses or experiences as the Department may require. Please visit http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/coursesofstudy.shtml for specific requirements. See College of Education general section for program admission requirements.   
All prerequisites including those listed below are required for admission to the program. Equivalent courses or experiences may be substituted with written approval of the advisor and department chair.    
Prerequisites   
RED 330
Other courses as the Program may require.   
In addition to the above prerequisites, students must also have completed 12 hours in English language arts, mathematics, social sciences, and sciences at the undergraduate level with a grade of "C" or above.    
Program   
The program for the Alternative M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education is as follows: 42 minimum graduate hours requires (500 level).   
A.     Curriculum and Teaching (six semester hours)
EEC 522*, EEC 523*   
B.     Educational Foundations (six semester hours)
EDF 515 and EPY 502   
C.    Research and Evaluation (three semester hours)
EPY 525    
D.    Technology (three semester hours)
EDM 510   
E.    Teaching Field (15 semester hours)
EEC 532, EEC 535, EEC 537*, RED 531. Choose 3 hours from the following: AED, EEC, RED (ECE must take EEC 553)   
F.    Field Experience (three semester hours)
EEC 557   
G.    Clinical Field Experience (six semester hours)
EEC 595    
(Supervised practice in a school setting in the student’s teaching field. The student will work full time in the school for an entire semester). SPE 500 required if not previously taken and is in addition to the 42 hours.    
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION PRAXIS II TEST INFORMATION   
Applicants completing a Alternative Master programs and applying for initial certification after the summer term 2012 will be required to pass Praxis II in their area of certification. Please see specific program requirements on advising sheets.   
READING SPECIALIST CLASS A CERTIFICATION   
1. Admission. Requirements for admission to the Class A Reading Specialist program shall include:    

a. At least baccalaureate-level professional educator certification in any area of education and master's degree; Candidates without a master's degree may pursue the reading specialist certification along with the master's degree in Elementary or Early Childhood Education.   
b. Two years of successful classroom teaching experience; and   
c. Certification in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Collaborative Teacher (K-6 or 6-12), (OR)    
d. Certification in any other area of education and completion of two reading courses including an introduction to reading course.    

* All certification programs require an introductory course, special education SPE 500, if not completed at the undergraduate level. This is in addition to the 33 semester hour requirement.    
2.  Program Requirements.    
A.     Curriculum and Teaching (three semester hours)
EEC 522 or SED 552
EEC 522
(taken by those with an undergraduate secondary certificate)
SED 552
(taken by those with an undergraduate elementary certificate)    
B.    Foundations of Education ( six semester hours)
EDF 515, EPY 502   
C.    Research and Evaluation (three semester hours)
IDE 510   
D.    Teaching Field (18 semester hours with a grade of "B" or above)
EEC 532, RED 531, RED 533, RED 534, RED 541, RED 548   
E.    Internship (three semester hours)
RED 595   
PROGRAMS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION
MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAMS   
M.Ed. programs are designed to enhance and extend the knowledge and qualifications of secondary teachers. See College of Education general section for program admission requirements.    
I.     Programs in Secondary Education (33 semester hours)    
A.    Curriculum and Teaching (six semester hours)
SED 552 or
For ESOL - EEC 522 for those with secondary undergraduate cert
Specific Course for certificate area:
Art Education
AED
501
English for Speakers of Other Languages
ELT 530

Language Arts
SED 561
Mathematics
SED 563
Science Programs
SED 564
Social Science Programs
SED 562    
B.    Foundations of Education (six semester hours)
EPY 502, EDF 515   
C.    Research and Evaluation (six semester hours)
IDE 510
Research Seminar 560 (ESOL requires ELT 595 Internship instead of 560
Research Seminar)
   
D.    Teaching Field (12 semester hours)
Courses selected with advisor approval from student’s teaching field.   
Language Arts: Courses selected from at least two of these fields with advisor approval: English, speech, communication, drama, and reading.   
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): ELT 525, ELT 545,
ELT 553, ELT 558 and ELT 595    
Mathematics: Courses selected with advisor approval from Mathematics.   
Science Programs: Science Composite; Courses selected from at least two of these fields with advisor approval: biology, chemistry, geology, physics.   
Social Science Programs: Social Science Composite: Courses selected from at least two of these fields with advisor approval: economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology.   
E.    Technology (three semester hours)   
EDM 510    
Please visit http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/coursesofstudy.shtml for specific requirements.    
* All certification programs require an introductory special education course SPE 500, if not completed at the undergraduate level. This is in addition to the 33 semester hour requirement.    
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS
OF OTHER LANGUAGES    
The Graduate Certificate for ESOL requires a minimum of five courses (15 hours) with grades of "A" or "B". Requirements for the certificate include ELT 525, 530, 545, 553, and 558.    
ALTERNATIVE M.Ed. IN SECONDARY EDUCATION    

This program is designed to provide initial teacher preparation at the graduate level primarily for students interested in pursuing a career in teaching but whose undergraduate degree did not include a teacher education program. See College of Education general section for program admission requirements.

I.     High School Option (45 semester hours 500 level)    
A.     Curriculum and Teaching (nine semester hours)
SED 555, SED 559
Appropriate methods course for the teaching specialization.   
B.     Foundations of Education (six semester hours)
EDF 515, EPY 502   
C.     Evaluation (three semester hours)
EPY 525    
D.    Reading (three semester hours)
RED 541    
E.     Technology (three semester hours)
EDM 510   
F.     Teaching Field (15 semester hours)
Selected from approved electives in the student’s teaching field. These fields are presently available in this program:
Art Education
Language Arts Composite
English for Speakers of Other Languages
General Science Composite
Mathematics
Social Science Composite
French
German
Spanish   
G.    Internship (six semester hours)
AED 595 (Art Education), ELT 595 (ESOL), SED 595 (Language Arts), SED 593 (Foreign Language), SED 598 (Math), SED 597 (Science), SED 596 (Social Science)
Supervised practice in a school setting in the student’s teaching field. The student will work full time in the school for an entire semester.   
H.    Each comprehensive teaching field of English language arts, general science, and general social science shall ensure that the candidate has completed at least one course in at least two of the comprehensive fields.   
I.    Successful completion of PRAXIS II test appropriate to the teaching field and grade level of certification sought is required PRIOR to enrollment in internship.    
J.    Student must take a comprehensive end of program examination during the semester in which the internship is completed.    
Please visit http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/coursesofstudy.shtml for specific requirements.    
SPECIAL EDUCATION GRADUATE    
The graduate program in Special Education prepares individuals with or without special education backgrounds to work with exceptional children and youth. Students seeking Alabama Class A Professional Certification may select programs of study in the areas of Collaborative Teaching K-6 or 6-12.   
Post-master’s or Sixth-Year Graduate Programs which lead to an Instructional Specialist Degree are available, and for qualified individuals, an Alabama Professional Certificate at the AA level.    

ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY   
Students should be aware that the Special Education Program requires that certain courses be taken in sequence. Advisors should be consulted to obtain information about sequencing and prerequisite course work.   
A committee consisting of graduate faculty members within the program will be selected by program advisors to assist the student in planning their courses of study following the schedule of course offerings. Such programs of study should be approved before the completion of nine semester hours of work.    
The Special Education Program requires that students who receive a grade of “C” in a Special Education course, must repeat that course and attain a grade of "B" or better.   
Satisfactory performance in all course work (GPA of 3.0 or greater) is required of all graduate Special Education majors; in the event of unsatisfactory performance (below "C") in a course not in their major area, a student’s Graduate Program Committee selects the option of repeating the course and demonstrating satisfactory performance or demonstrating satisfactory performance in an approved alternate course.   
Students may be permitted to do their internship/practicum during one of their two final semesters in residence. This is a joint decision between student and advisor.   
Students are assigned to advisors in their respective program areas. The student has the sole responsibility for initiating applications and meeting test and other deadline requirements.    
MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAM IN SPECIAL EDUCATION   
The requirements for the Master of Education include a minimum of 33 semester hours in the program specialization. All graduate majors will have a graduate program committee plan the individual program of study based upon the student's training, experience, needs and schedule of course offerings.    
Those students seeking teacher certification must complete one of the program areas detailed as follows:   
PROGRAM FOR COLLABORATIVE TEACHING, K-6 or 6-12    
For students with a valid Class "B" certificate in an area of Education. The 33 semester hour minimum program for the M.Ed. in the area of Collaborative Teaching includes:   
Curriculum and Teaching (six semester hours)   
SPE 512, SPE 516   
Educational Foundations (three* semester hours)   
Select One:
EPY 502, EPY 521    
Technology (three semester hours)   
EDM 510   
Research and Evaluation (three semester hours)   
IDE 510 Educational Research and Evaluation   
Teaching Field (eighteen semester hours)   
SPE 515, SPE 591, SPE 592
K-6 majors take EEC 523, Practicum (SPE 588), and an advisor approved elective.
6-12 majors take SED 552 Practicum (SPE 588), and an
advisor approved elective.    
* All certification programs require an introductory special education course SPE 500, if not completed within seven (7) years of entry to the master's program. This is in addition to the 33 semester hour requirement. Students seeking certification in both K-6 and 6-12 must complete a practicum at each level.    
ALTERNATIVE M.Ed. IN COLLABORATIVE TEACHING   
This is a special alternative program for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in non-teacher education fields and individuals without Class "B" certification in an area of Education. In general the program requires a minimum of 42 graduate hours. The State of Alabama requires that individuals seeking admission to the Alternative Master's program in Special Education have at least 12 semester hours in each of the following areas: English language arts, mathematics, sciences, and social sciences. See College of Education general section for program admission requirements.    
All prerequisites must be completed prior to admission to the program. See College section of Bulletin for admission requirements.   
Foundation Requirements (eighteen semester hours)   
EDM 510, EPY 502, EPY 525, EDF 515, RED 531,SPE 500    
Teaching Field (twenty-one semester hours)    
SPE 589, SPE 512, SPE 514, SPE 515, SPE 516, SPE 591, SPE 592    
Internship (three semester hours)   
SPE 596 for 6-12 majors or SPE 595 for K-6 majors (Students must have a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II prior to enrollment in the internship). Current admission procedures require a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II prior to admission to the program.    
PRAXIS II REQUIREMENT FOR BOTH CLASS A AND ALT A
Applicants completing a special education program and applying for initial special education certification are required to pass the Special Education Praxis II test (0354 or 5354) and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Praxis K-6 (0622 or 5622) or 7-12 (0624 or 5624).    
ADVANCED GRADUATE STUDY: SIXTH-YEAR (POST-MASTER’S) PROGRAMS
(Ed.S. and Class AA Certification)    
Post-Master’s or Sixth-Year Graduate Programs for Educational Specialist which lead to an (Ed.S.) Degree and Class AA (State of Alabama) Professional Certification for Instructional Specialist are available for qualified individuals in the areas listed below.   
In addition to college requirements previously stated, students seeking certification will have a graduate program committee plan a program based upon the student’s training, experience and needs. This committee will determine if any prerequisite courses are needed.   
Core Courses required for the Educational Specialist program include, IDE 620, IDE 640, IDE 650, IDE 692, EPY 602, EDF 615 and Departmental 699.   
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION    
Teaching Field (12 semester hour minimum)    
EEC 601, EEC 610, EEC 622, Advisor approved elective.    
SECONDARY EDUCATION    
Teaching Field (12 semester hour minimum) in a field listed below:    
English language arts, mathematics, science, or social science.    
INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP
Support Field (12 semester hour minimum) from
EDL 603, EDL 611, EDL 621, EDL 631, EDL 595 (req)   
READING SPECIALIST
Teaching Field (12 semester hour minimum) from
RED 611, RED 612, RED 613, RED 615, RED 630, RED 640   
TEACHER LEADER
Teaching Field (12 semester hour minimum)
LTE 645, LTE 646, LTE 647, and RED 648   
COLLABORATIVE TEACHING   
Teaching Field (12 semester hour minimum)   
Course work to be approved by student’s graduate program committee.   
SPE 500 is taken only if the student has not had a recent equivalent. The course then becomes an added course to the program.   
DESCRIPTIONS OF LEADERSHIP AND TEACHER EDUCATION COURSES:
DESCRIPTION OF ALL ART EDUCATION (AED) COURSES   
DESCRIPTION OF ALL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS (EDF) COURSES   
DESCRIPTION OF ALL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP (EDL) COURSES   
DESCRIPTION OF ALL ELEMENTARY/EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUC (EEC) COURSES   
DESCRIPTION OF ALL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING (ELT) COURSES    
DESCRIPTION OF ALL READING EDUCATION (RED) COURSES   
DESCRIPTION OF ALL SECONDARY EDUCATION (SED) COURSES   
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL SPECIAL EDUCATION (SPE) COURSES   
College of Education   

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