Welcome to UAB where students become skilled, reflective educators through graduate degree programs in Collaborative Teacher (CT) K-6, 6-12, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), and Visual Impairment (VI). These innovative program offer degrees and/or certification at three levels—alternative masters, traditional masters, and specialist. While some information applies to all special education programs, more specific information about the programs in Early Childhood Special Education and Visual Impairment program may be found on their program pages.
UAB's collaborative teacher program embodies a three-fold purpose. Its first purpose is to prepare special educators in meeting the evolving needs of learners in grades K-6 and 6-12, within today’s rapidly changing society. Its second purpose is to deliver cutting-edge instruction through a standards-based, inquiry-focused approach. This approach prepares prospective and experienced educators to use state-of-the-art instructional strategies in their own classrooms. Its third purpose is to ensure that a quality program is available to pre-service and in-service teachers who may be unable to attend class during traditional class hours. This program is unique in how it combines a variety of delivery formats such as face –to- face, blended, and online.
If you wish to pursue a graduate degree in collaborative teacher special education and also earn initial or advanced teacher certification, you have come to the right place! We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you reach your goal.
Kay Emfinger, Ph.D.,
Program Director and Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum & Instruction