The Alternative Master's program (AMP) is designed for individuals who have earned their bachelor's degrees from an accredited institution. They can have majored in any subject, but their degree must not include a teacher certification.

Admission Requirements

For admission to AMP, an individual must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher from an accredited college or university, an official transcript, an interview, and a passing score on all three parts of the Basic Skills Assessments administered by the State of Alabama Board of Education and on the Praxis Subject Test among other qualifications.

Coursework and Degree Requirements

Students entering the AMP program are required to take 14 hours of prerequisite courses on campus: Human Anatomy (BY 115, 4 hours); Human Physiology (BY 116, 4 hours), Kinesiology (KIN 307, 3 hours, pre-req BY 115) and Physiology of Exercise (KIN 400, 3 hours, pre-req BY 116). Students must also take 31 hours of methods-based courses on campus, nine of which are dedicated to student teaching. The remaining required courses are taken online. Due to the nature of the alternative master's program, we find that students typically need six semesters in which to complete their degree.

Student Teaching

With the help of their faculty advisors and the Office of Clinical Experiences, our AMP students are placed in both an elementary and a secondary school — typically within a 50 miles radius of metro Birmingham — during their student teaching semester. Since UAB is close to and has affiliations with a wide range of urban, suburban, and rural public schools, our students have the opportunity to experience varied and diverse teaching environments.

Teacher Certification

Graduates of the Alternative Master's Physical Education Teacher Certification program are eligible for Class A certification through the Alabama State Department of Education.

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If you have questions, please contact:

Sandra Sims, Ph.D.
Graduate Advisor
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