Alternative Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Alt. M.Ed.
The Alternative Master of Education (Alt. M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education is a 42-hour program that prepares individuals holding a B.S. to teach in prekindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms. Upon completion of the program and accompanying tests, students are eligible for the Class A Professional Early Childhood Education (P-3) certificate.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When does the Alt. Masters of Education program begin?
Students are admitted into the program every semester (Spring, Summer, and Fall).
- How long does the program take to complete?
The program is 42 credit hours (14 courses. Courses are readily available every semester allowing students to take a full load (9 hrs) without difficulty. The amount of time to complete the program depends upon how many courses are taken each semester. Students taking a full load (9 hours a semester) can expect to finish in 5-6 semesters while those who are working or have other responsibilities along with school may take a bit longer.
- Will I be able to keep working while taking classes? All of the courses (except practicum and student teaching) are offered either online or in the evenings. As a result, most students are able to maintain full-time employment until their final semester of student teaching.
Due to the closure of testing sites and the uncertainty of future test dates, the following admission exception is effective immediately. Applicants who do not meet the 4 x 12 or Praxis requirement, but meet all other requirements will be allowed conditional admission. However, these students will be required to meet the Praxis test requirement prior to enrolling in the semester that follows testing availability. For students admitted with an overall GPA between 2.5 and 2.74, the alternate score on the Praxis will be required.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
Official transcripts* can be sent by mail or electronically. Instructions can be found under “Help” on the application.
*USA students applying to a USA graduate program in the College of Education and Professional Studies should complete a transcript request form (PDF) found on the University Registrar's Office website.
In the Name/Organization field for the transcript recipient write, "USA Graduate School". There is no charge associated with this request. This option applies only to USA transcripts for students applying to USA graduate programs.
- GPA Requirement: A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum overall
GPA of 2.75 or a master’s or higher degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. This GPA must
be documented on the official transcript of the degree granting institution and must
be the GPA that was used as the basis for granting the degree, not a GPA that includes
GPA Exception for unconditional admission to Alternative Class A State Department of Education-approved programs: Individuals who have earned a bachelor 's degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time the degree was earned and do not meet the minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75, but have at least a 2.0 overall undergraduate GPA, may seek provisional admission to an Alternative Class A program if the alternate score on the Alabama prescribed Praxis subject-area test is obtained. The alternate scores can be found on the Alternate Score Requirements document at www.alsde.edu (Department Offices: Educator Assessment: Educator Assessment Policies). The ONLY tests and scores accepted are those listed on the Alternate Score Requirements document. All other requirements for admission must also be met.
- Complete Option 1: Passing score on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment or Option 2: Twelve hours of coursework in each of the following four areas: English,
Math, Science, Social Studies.
- Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study (Upload
document within application in WebAdmit).
To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.
Dr. Hannah Szatkowski
Ph: (251) 380-3858