EdS Degree and Certification

UAB’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers an Educational Specialist (EdS) degree with several concentrations. Each concentration leads to Class AA certification from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). Teachers with Alabama Class A certification in ESL may pursue Class AA certification in one or more of the following concentrations:  Teacher Leadership, ESL, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education.


Class AA in Teacher Leadership

Teachers with Alabama Class A certification in any teaching field (including ESL) may pursue Class AA certification in Teacher Leadership through and EdS program that was recently created by the ALSDE. The Teacher Leader program focuses on preparing teachers to guide their colleagues in curriculum development and instructional delivery. It does not prepare teachers to become administrators. UAB's Teacher Leader program is coordinated by Dr. Susan Spezzini (spezzini@uab.edu  205-934-8357).

In accordance with ALSDE regulations, applicants to the EdS teacher leader program must have taught for at least three full years. They must submit an admission portfolio to the School of Education and take part in an admission interview. They must also have degree-seeking status before taking any courses towards their Class AA certification.
Teacher Leader ChecklistAdmission Process

2013 Teacher Leader Handbook

Spezzini class
First cohort in the EdS Teacher Leader Program (fall 2011)

UAB’s 30-hour teacher leader program consists of six 5-hour modules. Each module consists of a 3-hour content course, a 1-hour research course (R), and a 1-hour field experience course (L). Teachers take one module per semester. Below is a 2-year course plan:

Year 1     Fall     EDC 732-R-L Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instruction
    Spring EDL 711-R-L Collaborative Problem Solving
    Summer   EPR 700-R-L Data-Based Decision Making
Year 2     Fall EDC 731-R-L Curricular Design and Implementation
    Spring ECT 720-R-L Universal Design for Learning
    Summer  EDL 735-R-L Professional Leadership

Class AA in ESL
All teachers with Alabama Class A certification in ESL are eligible for pursuing Class AA certification in ESL. Before starting this Class AA program, teachers must pass the Praxis II English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The ALSDE has set the passing score at 540 on the Praxis #0360 and 144 on the Praxis #0361. NOTE: In 2011, the #0360 version was replaced by the #0361 version.

At UAB, the EdS concentration in ESL consists of 15 credit hours in teacher leadership (three 5-hour modules) and 15 credit hours in ESL (five 3-hour courses). These ESL courses are EESL 647, EESL 657, and three ESL electives. Teachers may request that their National Board Certification in English as a New Language be transferred into UAB’s EdS program and count as two ESL electives (i.e., 6 credit hours).
Class AA in ESL Checklist

Alabama teachers with Class A certification in ESL may obtain two Class AA certifications by taking 45 credit hours. First they complete UAB’s 30-hour EdS program in Teacher Leadership and obtain Class AA certification as a Teacher Leader. Then they take 15 credit hours of ESL courses (EESL 647, EESL 657, and 3 electives). After that, they are eligible for Class AA certification in ESL.

If teachers hold National Board Certification in ESL and Alabama Class A certification in ESL and if they have also completed UAB’s EdS program in Teacher Leadership, they will only need to complete 9 credit hours of ESL courses (EESL 647, EESL 657, and an elective) in order to obtain Class AA certification in ESL.

Class AA in Elementary Education
Teachers with Alabama Class A certification in ESL and Class B certification in elementary education and/or early childhood education (ECE) may pursue Class AA certification in elementary education or ECE.

Class AA in Secondary Education
Teachers with Alabama Class A certification in ESL and Class B certification in Math, Science, Language Arts, or Social Studies may pursue Class AA certification in secondary education with a concentration in the teaching field of their Class B certificate.

See the Detailed Tuition and Fees site for up-to-date cost information.
Example: During the 2011-12 academic year, a 3-hour graduate course for in-state residents in the School of Education cost $1,107. Based on this cost, a 30-hour EdS program would have been approximately $11,070 during that same period. It should be noted that annual increments in tuition and/or fees have been taking place.
Financial Aid: Upon taking 5 graduate credit hours per semester, graduate students are eligible for financial aid. In order to facilitate student eligibility for such aid, UAB designed this Teacher Leader EdS with 5 credit hours per semester. For more information about financial aid and obtaining student loans, see UAB's Financing Your Education page. 

Ed.S. Info Packet
To seek admission to UAB's Graduate School as a degree-seeking EdS student, please follow these steps.
1. Submit a degree-seeking application by the targeted deadline: July 1st for fall admission, November 1st for spring admission, and April 1st for summer admission.
2. Go to the ApplyYourself website and follow the instructions.
3. Under degree, select Educational Specialist (EdS), and under degree program, select Education.
4. Under concentration, select Teacher Leader, ESL, Elementary, or Secondary.
5. Pay $45 online with a credit card. NOTE: Mailing a check will delay your application.
6. List three references on your application. When you submit your application, UAB will automatically send an electronic recommendation form to each of your references.
7. Obtain a passing score on the admission exam - either MAT or GRE.
    Miller Analogies Test (MAT): minimum of 388 scaled (35 raw)
    Graduate Record Exam (GRE): minimum of 850 (old) or approximately 190 (new)
     - If you were admitted to UAB for an earlier graduate degree, email Dr. Spezzini (spezzini@uab.edu) to see if your test score is still in record and if it is high enough to pursue an EdS.
     - If you took the MAT/GRE less than five years ago and have never sought admission to UAB, contact the testing organization (Psychological Corporation or ETS) and request that an official transcript be sent to UAB.
     - If you took the MAT/GRE more than five years ago, email a scanned attachment of your score report to Dr. Spezzini and ask if it can still be considered.
     - If you often perform poorly on standardized tests, ask Dr. Spezzini for some test-taking strategies.
     - If you have never taken either test or if your earlier score is not high enough, plan to take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) at UAB where it is offered several times each week.The MAT is shorter, less expensive, and usually more accessible than the GRE. Immediately after you finish the MAT, your unofficial score report will appear on the screen and you will be allowed to print it. To expedite the admission process, email a scanned attachment of this score report to Dr. Spezzini.
8. Request official transcripts from all colleges attended (even if you took just one course). Request that these transcripts be sent directly to the UAB Graduate School at 1720 2nd Avenue South-HUC 511, UAB, Birmingham, AL 35294-1150. NOTE: If you are a former UAB student, you will not need to request a transcript from UAB.
9. Periodically check the status of your application on the Check Admission Status site. 
10. Fax your health record to UAB Graduate School at (205) 934-8413.
     - Immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
     - Immunization against diphteria, pertussin, and tetanus (DPT)
     - Updated tuberculosis (TB) test
11. Non-native speakers of English must do the Graduate School's language assessments.
     - Make an appointment by contacting Lori Naramore at naramor3@uab.edu.
12. International Students must meet several additional requirements.
     - Carefully read the information listed on the International Recruitment and Student Services site.