Special Education (Alt. M.Ed.)

Degree Requirements

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. See College of Education and Professional Studies general section for program admission requirements.

All pre-requisites must be completed prior to admission to the program.

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 pre-requisite coursework.

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. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required for graduation.

Students must do their internship/practicum in the Mobile area or arrange to be supervised through another university out of our area. Contact Field Services for info regarding the out of area option.

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.

Foundation Requirements
EDM 510Microcomputing Systems in Ed3
EPY 525Assessment & Research in Educ3
RED 531Trends-Practices Tchg Reading3
SPE 500Nat-Needs of Exc Chld and Yth3
Select one of the following:3
Reading Foundations (K-6 Majors)
Psy Prin Learning (Majors)
Teaching Field
SPE 589Pre-Practicum Experience3
SPE 512Ecological Curr and Method3
SPE 514Teaming and Collaboration3
SPE 515Data and Behav Mgmt3
SPE 516Methods Spec Needs Learners3
SPE 592Collaborative Pract-Seminar3
Select one of the following:3
Com Lang Read Stu Disability (K-6 Majors)
Multicategory Prac Seminar (6-12 Majors)
Select one of the following:6
Intern/Prac SPE Coll Tch K-6 (K-6 Majors)
Intern/Prac SPE Coll Tch 6-12 (6-12 Majors)
Students must have a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II prior to enrollment in the internship
Total Hours42


Current admission procedures require a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II prior to admission to the program.

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 http://www.ets.org/praxis/al.