Secondary Education (Alt. M.Ed.)

Degree Requirements

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 and Professional Studies general section for program admission requirements.

Secondary Grades 6-12 (42 semester hours 500 level)

Curriculum and Teaching
SED 555Curriculum-Tchg in Sec School (see footnote table below) 13
SED 559Adv Teaching Techniques3
Appropriate methods course for teaching specialization3
Foundations/Special Education Elective
SPE 500Nat-Needs of Exc Chld and Yth3
EPY 525Assessment & Research in Educ3
RED 541Literacy in the Content Area3
EDM 510Microcomputing Systems in Ed3
Teaching Field
Selected from approved electives in the student's teaching field. These fields are presently available in this program:15
Art Education
English Language Arts Composite
English for Speakers of Other Languages
General Science Composite
Social Science Composite
Select one from the following: see footnote table below 26
Supervised practice in a school setting in the student's teaching field. The student will be under the mentorship of a cooperating teacher full time in the school for an entire semester.
Internship (Art Education)
ESOL Internship (ESOL)
Intern in Sec Edu Lang Arts (Language Arts)
Intern in Sec Educ Forgn Lang (Foreign Language)
Intern in Sec Educ Math (Math)
Intern in Sec Educ Science (Science)
Intern in Sec Edu Soc Studies (Social Science)
Total Hours42



Students must have A or B in this course on order to be eligible for student teaching.


This course has a field component. See advisor for details.

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.

Successful completion of PRAXIS II test appropriate to the teaching field and grade level of certification sought is required prior to enrollment in internship.

Alabama State Department of Education Certification Requirements

A Student applying for initial teacher certification will be required to pass the appropriate Praxis II test (s) and have a successful score on his/her edTPA portfolio. ALSDE certification requirements are subject to change and students will be required to meet those which are in place the semester they are applying for certification. Prior to registering for any Praxis II exam, please verify current requirements by going directly to the ALABAMA portion of the Praxis II website at:

Student must take a comprehensive end of program examination or submit an end of degree portfolio during the semester in which the internship is completed.

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