Graduate Degrees

UAB’s graduate degree program in Collaborative Teacher Special Education is comprised of a master of arts (MA) and an educational specialist (EdS) degree. The MA and EdS degrees prepare candidates to earn teacher certification in grades K-6 and/or 6-12.

Master of Arts in Education


Master of Arts in Education (MA)

The alternative masters program (AMP) is for graduate students who do not already hold teacher certification in elementary or early childhood education. To be eligible for seeking initial teacher certification at a masters level, applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a 2.5+ GPA on their transcript from a regionally accredited college. They must have passed the Basic Skills test and the Praxis II exam in the targeted teaching field and also met other criteria stipulated by the ALSDE. Upon completing the AMP, candidates earn alternative Class A certification in this teaching field.

The traditional masters program (MA) is for teachers who already hold Class B initial certification in any area of education. Upon completing the MA, they earn Class A certification in the special education teaching field.

Certification at the master’s level 
Initial certification for new teachers
  • Alternative Class A in Collaborative Teacher K-6 
  • Alternative Class A in Collaborative Teacher 6-12 
  • Alternative Class A in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Alternative Class A in Visual Impairment

Advanced certification for already-certified teachers
  • Class A in Collaborative Teacher K-6
  • Class A in Collaborative Teacher 6-12
  • Class A in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Class A in Visual Impairment

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Educational Specialist (EdS)

Special education teachers with Class A certification can earn Class AA certification by obtaining an educational specialist degree. With appropriate prior degrees, they may opt to pursue an EdS in Collaborative Teacher:  Autism Spectrum Disorder or an EdS in Visual Impairment: Orientation & Mobility.

Certification at the EdS level
  • Class AA in Collaborative Teacher: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Class AA in Visual Impairment: Orientation and Mobility