UAB students can now earn a Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Community Health as well as a certificate in nonprofit management.
The UAB School of Education has launched a new Educational Studies in Diverse Populations Doctoral Degree Program designed to prepare professionals who can conduct research and lead innovation that enhances educational, health, and life outcomes for diverse populations. Classes are set to begin this fall.
Susan Schell remembers the first day she arrived in Prilep, Macedonia, in September 2014. As a student in the UAB Master of Arts in Education for Teaching English as a Second Language program, she had dreamed of working overseas. So she looked forward to volunteering at the vocational high school in the southeastern European nation.
Billy Brown, 23, of Birmingham, says his love for the outdoors had a lot to do with his decision to earn a degree in exercise science at UAB.
When UAB School of Education alumna Harriet Callahan graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile in 1966, she planned to study pathology, she says. But her race toward a career in science took a detour after her freshman year in college when she married her husband, a fellow student.
UAB School of Education faculty are working hard every day to change the world.
The Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ASAHPERD) honored UAB alumna and Associate Professor Sandra Sims, Ph.D., at the organization’s Fall Conference Awards Luncheon on Nov. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – Wynfrey Hotel.
While dieting to shed those extra pounds can be challenging, keeping the weight off can be a much tougher feat. But a new study in the September issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise by UAB Kinesiology Distinguished Professor Gary Hunter, Ph.D., says resistance training may be the key to maintaining weight loss long term.
On most days, one can find Meagan Fields teaching a room full of first graders. But this fall, for the entire semester, she has left the classroom behind to experience what it is like to be a school principal.
Inside the UAB School of Education, a group of researchers are evaluating reform initiatives and programs run by P-12 school districts, universities, nonprofits and state and local government agencies across the country.
Poverty in Alabama’s Black Belt is as deep and pervasive as the rich soil the region is known for. It is where the median income languishes at $28,656, far below the statewide average of $42,081. It is where only 46 percent of high school seniors go on to college.
UAB has launched a new Educational Studies in Diverse Populations Doctoral Degree Program for students seeking careers in research, P-16 school administration or program development for nonprofit organizations. Classes are set to begin this fall.
School administrators spend long hours each week attending meetings, planning curricula, setting budgets and writing reports. Consequently, their schedules often leave them little time for tasks such as researching new instructional methods or conducting studies to identify more effective ways to mentor teachers.
UAB educational leadership alumnus E. J. Brophy, Ed.D., says that during his freshman and sophomore years of college, he cared more about improving his skills on the baseball field than in the classroom.
UAB has long been committed to solving the unique educational challenges that exist in urban school systems. To that end, the UAB School of Education has joined with Birmingham City Schools to announce its Innovative Learning Collaborative—a partnership between faculty and students and Birmingham teachers, principals and the school system’s upper administration to form a learning community that improves education and benefits for students and all involved entities.
Alabama Teacher of the Year is much more than a title on a plaque. It’s a reward that carries great responsibility for the winning educators, who become the voice of teachers across the state. Here, three UAB School of Education alumni who have received the prestigious honor describe their time as education advocates.
Sometimes an internship provides a unique cultural encounter as well as career experience. Just ask Susan Gay, a native of the Caribbean island of Barbados and 2013 UAB alumna, who has spent five months working with Native American tribes in Oklahoma.
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): BA in Communicative Disorders 1991 University of Alabama, MAE in Special Education with a focus in Visually Impaired 2013 UAB, currently in internship for Orientation and Mobility Specialist UAB
Hometown: Locust Fork, AL
Current town: Locust Fork, AL
Current employer and job: When I became interested in obtaining my Master's Degree in Teacher of the Visually Impaired, UAB was the logical choice. UAB is the only university in Alabama which offers the degree. Also, it is close to home and has a fantastic reputation.
Gary Hunter, Ph.D., knew pretty quickly that something was up when he stepped to the front of a packed Finley Conference Center to deliver the Center for Exercise Medicine’s recent lecture and saw his wife Becky standing in the back of the room.
Three grants totaling more than $5 million for effective instruction of English learners (ELs) will enable UAB’s School of Education to continue its decade-long tradition of training Alabama teachers to instruct children who speak English as a second language.
Life is hard, but for people who live or work in the Birmingham area, the UAB School of Education’s Community Counseling Clinic is here to help.
The ECE programs offers five concentrations:
- Early Intervention / Young Children at Risk
- Early Childhood and Diverse Populations
- Piagetian Studies
Research and Scholarship
Courses and experiences are designed for the candidate to become confident and competent in not only reading and applying research, but in designing and implementing studies that guide the field. Complementing the research agenda is an expectation of scholarship (presenting and publishing) contributions to the early childhood field. Faculty mentoring and participation in "emerging scholar communities" help to complement master teachers with research and scholarship skills required at the Ph.D. level.
Candidates are provided opportunities to design, implement, analyze, and evaluate varied pedagogical approaches to early childhood education. As a significant proportion of the Ph.D. program is offered using face-to-face and online asynchronous technology, candidates may have the opportunity to develop skills in using and designing 'distance education' that continues to grow at a faster rate than traditional face-to-face education.
Through close interactions with, and mentoring from the ECE faculty, the ECE doctoral candidate is expected to learn about, develop a service agenda, and provide service through a variety of local, state, national, and international venues.
As multiple faculty have international backgrounds and experiences, opportunities present themselves to research and present with an international focus. Also many faculty have held leadership positions with the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) and use these experiences to provide service and scholarship opportunities.
Collaborative opportunities with the UAB School of Education, Center for Urban Education allows Ph.D. candidates to focus scholarship activities on issues related to "quality education for socially and economically disenfranchised groups residing in urban areas".
Maryann Manning Family Literacy Center
The Maryann Manning Family Literacy Center (MMFLC) supports and disseminates research in literacy, provides professional development for teachers and students and creates innovative literacy projects, both locally and globally. Through the MMFLC, candidates have a unique opportunity to build their professional credentials by publishing research articles, presenting at professional development conferences and volunteering in literacy projects.
ECE 730 - Advanced Developmental Theory 3 hours ECE 731 – Children and Society 3 hours ECE 749 - Advanced Early Childhood Curriculum 3 hours One course from the following: ECE 735, ECE737, ECE 748 or other ECE doctoral classes at discretion of committee. 3 hours Total Credit Hours for Core Courses 12 hours
Concentration Area Courses
Four courses: ECE 750, ECE 751, ECE 752, and ECE 774
12 hours Curriculum
Four courses: ECE 746, ECE 760 and two from ECE 742, ECE 743, ECE 744, or ECE 745
12 hours Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special Education
Four courses from: ECE 738, ECE 740, ECE 748, ECE 760, ECE 792
12 hours Piagetian Studies
Four courses: ECE 742, ECE 743, ECE 744, ECE 745E
12 hours Early Childhood Teacher Leader
Three courses (15 hrs) approved by the ECE doctoral faculty
15 hours Total Credit Hours for Concentration Area Courses 12-15 hours
Research Methodology Courses
EPR 696 – Qualitative Research 3 hours EPR 710 – Multivariate Research 3 hours 6 hours of Qualitative Research courses from the following: EPR 792 or SOC 708, EPR 796 OR 6 hours of quantitative research courses from the following: EPR 695, EPR 792, HB 714, SOC 704, PY 727, BST 640, BST 661, BST 671, SOC 706 6 hours Total Credit Hours for Research Methodology 12 hours
ECE 798 – 3 hours in first 18 hours of study 3 ECE 798 – 3 hours in second 18 hours of study 3 Total Credit Hours for Research Internships 6+ hours
ECE 799 – At least two semesters of dissertation hours 12 + hrs Total Credit Hours for Dissertation 6+ hours
- Completion of the majority of PhD coursework
- Approval of the dissertation proposal by your dissertation committee and approved by the Program Director and the Graduate School Dean
- Successfully passed the written and oral defense
- IRB approval of procedues for dissertation research
- ECE 799 – At least two semesters of dissertation hours with at least one semester of 6 ECE 799 credit hrs 12 + hrs
Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants
The Early Childhood doctoral program is seeking full-time Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants to perform teaching-related or research-related assignments to benefit the Early Childhood Education faculty and program.
Position requires a full-time enrollment (9 hrs/semester, including summer which equals 27 hrs per year) as a doctoral Early Childhood Education student in good standing. Full-time UAB employees are not eligible for these funds.
The award also requires that you be available to work 20 hrs/week on assigned tasks.
Applications due by May 15.
Application for Graduate Assistantship Funding
If a Ph.D. applicant has completed most / all of the following coursework, they may enter the program and start their Ph.D. coursework the first semester. If applicants have not taken courswork similar to the courses listed below, then the applicant can be accepted into the program and is expected to complete the majority of the prerequisite coursework prior to taking doctoral level classes.
- EPR 594 Introduction to Educational Research Design
- EPR 596 Introduction to Qualitative Methods of Educational Research
- EPR 608 Statistical Methods and Research in Education (with EPR 607 lab)
- EPR 609 Statistical Methods and Research in Education: Intermediate
- EEC 610 Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Education
- EEC 300 Child Development in Early Childhood Education
- EEC 672 Piaget & Perspectives or ECE 630 Cognitive Curriculum
- EEC 660 Readings in Teaching and Learning
- Demonstrated Technology Proficiency
Determination of whether the following coursework has been completed will be made by the program coordinator from a review of transcripts and conversation with the applicant.
Graduates from our program are prepared to take positions in a variety of roles. Careers include higher educational/post-secondary settings. Just within the United States, almost one third of all institutes of higher education (IHE) offer some type of early childhood training program. This translates to over 1300 IHE where the largest program within a college of school of education is early childhood education. Graduates also work with policy development at local, state, national, and international levels. Our graduates come from and work in a variety of countries that include Canada, Taiwan, China, Japan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.
Early Childhood Faculty
Have Questions? Contact Us.
James Ernest, Ph.D.
By Phone: 205-934-8360
Associate Dean Finalist Presentations
The search committee welcomes faculty and staff from across campus to attend the presentations by the finalist for the Associate Dean position.
Dr. Jeanelle Day
Monday, October 3
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dr. Katie Kinney
Monday, October 10
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dr. Courtney Bentley
Tuesday, October 11
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dr. LaWanda Edwards
Wednesday, October 12
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm