Teach preschool or elementary school

The UAB Early Childhood and Elementary Education programs will prepare you for a career as a highly qualified preschool, kindergarten, or elementary school teacher. You will learn theories on child development, developmental reading, primary math methods, teaching pedagogy, classroom management, and other concepts and skills that are critical for your success as a classroom teacher. And you will learn it all from instructors who are nationally renowned in their fields.

For your convenience, we offer Saturday and summer classes. We also provide some courses online as well as blended courses that include both online and on-campus class sessions.

Find out what we are all about. Call us for an appointment to sit in on a class, and you will discover why so many talented students like you choose UAB.

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Learn more about our graduate programs

Download an information packet and come to an information session to learn more about our graduate teacher education programs. Contact Susan Spezzini to attend an information session. 

 Graduate Program Information Packet Information Session
Alternative Master's Program Download  Mondays 5:00-6:30 pm
Traditional Master's Program Download Thursdays 4:00-4:45 pm 
Educational Specialist Program Download Thursdays 5:00-5:45 pm 

Want to switch careers to become a teacher?

The Alternative Masters Program (AMP) is designed for individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in a field outside of education who want to become certified teachers. Once you complete the AMP, you will earn an alternative Class A certification in your specific teaching field along with a Master's degree. Learn more details in the AMP Information Packet.

UAB Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Early Childhood Education

Our UAB Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree Program will prepare you for a career as a scholar or researcher in early childhood education or for work as an administrator in a public, civil, or academic institution. The PhD coursework includes research design, statistical methods, Piaget, child development and more. Review the Early Childhood Education Ph.D. Policy Handbook for more details.


Early Childhood and Elementary Education Faculty

Charles Calhoun

Charles Calhoun

Cora Causey

Cora Causey

Lois Christensen

Lois Christensen

Kay Emfinger

Kay Emfinger

James Ernest

James Ernest

Grade Jepkemboi

Grade Jepkemboi

Constance Kamii

Constance Kamii

Lynn Kirkland

Lynn Kirkland

Jennifer Ponder

Jennifer Ponder

Kathy Scott

Kathy Scott

Deborah Strevy

Deborah Strevy

Taajah Witherspoon

Taajah Witherspoon

 

Which Teacher Education Program is right for you?

Teacher certifications are issued at a few different levels and correspond to specific degree options here at UAB.  Learn more about these certification levels and find out which degree program is right for you.


Have Questions? Contact Us.

For the Undergraduate (non-certification) Degree, Master of Arts Degree, or the Educational Specialist Degree, contact:
Kay Emfinger, PhD
Program Director
By Phone: 205-934-7003
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For the Undergraduate (certification) Degree or the Alternative Master’s Program (AMP), contact:
Katherine B. Scott, EdS
Program Coordinator
By Phone: 205-934-8359
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For the PhD Program, contact:
James Ernest, PhD
By Phone: 205-934-8360
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