UAB's graduate degree program in secondary education is comprised of a master's degree and an educational specialist (EdS) degree. The master's degree prepares candidates to earn teacher certification at the secondary school level in the following academic areas: mathematics, English language arts, social sciences, science, and foreign languages. The EdS is available in the following areas: mathematics, English language arts, social sciences, science, and teacher leadership.

Masters of Arts in Education


Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

At UAB, students can earn a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree and become qualified for Class A certification to teach in grades 6-12. Although the degree is classified as high school education, the corresponding certification encompasses a wider range. Listed below are the teaching fields and grade levels:

English Language Arts
  • English Language Arts, Grades 6-12
Mathematics
  • Mathematics, Grades 6-12
Social Science
  • General, Grades 6-12
  • History, Grades 6-12
Science
  • General, Grades 6-12
  • Biology, Grades 6-12
  • Chemistry, Grades 6-12
  • Physics, Grades 6-12
Foreign Languages
  • French, Grades P-12
  • Spanish, Grades P-12
The alternative master's program (AMP) is for graduate students who do not already hold teacher certification in secondary education. To be eligible for seeking initial teacher certification at a master's level, applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a 2.5+ GPA on their transcript from a regionally accredited college. They must have also taken required coursework in the content area, passed the Basic Skills test and the Praxis II exam in the targeted teaching field, and met other criteria stipulated by the ALSDE. Upon completing the AMP, candidates earn alternative Class A certification in this teaching field. Detailed information is provided in the following documents: AMP Information Packet and AMP Student Handbook.

The traditional master's program (MA) is for teachers who already hold Class B certification in a teaching field. Upon completing the MA, they earn Class A certification in the same teaching field. Detailed information is provided in the MA Information Packet.

Educational Specialist


Educational Specialist (EdS)

Secondary teachers with Class A certification can earn Class AA certification by obtaining an educational specialist (EdS) degree. They may opt to pursue an EdS in Teacher Leadership or an EdS in the teaching field of their Class A certification in Secondary Education. Detailed information is provided in the EdS Information Packet. The EdS is available in the following areas:
  • Teacher Leader
Secondary Education
  • Biology, Grades 6-12
  • Chemistry, Grades 6-12
  • English Language Arts, Grades 6-12
  • General Science, Grades 6-12
  • General Social Science, Grades 6-12
  • History, Grades 6-12
  • Mathematics, Grades 6-12
  • Physics, Grades 6-12