Graduate Degrees


The Educational Leadership program offers a Masters of Arts, an Educational Specialist, and an Educational Doctorate.


Master of Arts


Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership (M.A.Ed.)


The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program provides candidates with foundational knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties of school-level leadership for the improvement of learning for adults and students alike. The MAE degree leads to meeting qualifications for the Alabama Class A certificate in Instructional Leadership for school administrators.

Local and area school district personnel have had an integral part in designing the MAE program at UAB, insuring that the degree program is current in curriculum content, consistent with research-based best practices, relevant in field experiences, and rigorous in its expectations of future school leaders.

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree consists of six courses with field experiences embedded in each course. A 10-day Residency is required during the final semester which completes the four-semester program.

MAE candidates will progress through most courses together as a cohort group, thus developing professional relationships and support that will prove meaningful to progressing career paths.

The Faculty Program Advisor for the MAE program is: Dr. Keith Gurley (205-975-1983).

Note: Students are welcome to enroll in the MAE courses only after full admission to the program.

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Educational Specialist


Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.S.)


The Educational Specialist Degree provides candidates with the opportunity to develop and enhance leadership capacity and leads to meeting qualifications for the Alabama Class AA certificate in Instructional Leadership.  Course delivery is designed as a hybrid format of synchronous and asynchronous class sessions. This delivery model recognizes the challenging schedules of our candidates, most of whom are working professionals.

Courses in the Education Specialist degree program are designed to prepare school leaders for a variety of roles as instructional leaders. Areas of study include managing organizational change; leading the adult learner; law, ethics and policy for educational leaders; mentoring and coaching; and leadership for special programs.

Education Specialist candidates will progress through most courses together as a cohort group, thus developing professional relationships and support that will prove meaningful to progressing career paths.

The Faculty Program Advisor for the EdS program is: Dr. Gary Peters (205-975-3460).

Note: Students are welcome to enroll in the Education Specialist courses only after full admission to the program, and only after obtaining an Alabama Class A Certificate in Instructional Leadership.


Tentative Course Sequence

Educational Specialist’s Degree (Ed.S.) in Instructional Leadership

Fall 2012

Spring 2013

Summer 2013

Fall 2013

EDL-728
Management of the Learning Organization (3 hours)

EDL-728-L
Field Experience for Management of the Learning Organization
(1 hour)

1st (8) weeks of the semester

EDL-717
Leading Change
(3 hours)

 

EDL-717-L
Field Experience for Leading Change
(1 hour)

 

1st (8) weeks of the semester

EDL-731
Law, Ethics, and Policy for Educational Leaders (3 hours)

EDL-731-L
Field Experience for  Law, Ethics, and Policy for Educational Leaders (1 hour)

1st (8) weeks of the semester

EDL-719
Mentoring / Coaching Skills for School Leaders (3 hours)

EDL-719-L
Field Experience for Mentoring and Coaching Skills for School Leaders (1 hour)

1st (8) weeks of the semester

EDL-718
Essential Skills for Organizational Leadership (3 hours)

EDL-718-L
Field Experience for Essential Skills for Organizational Leadership (1 hour)


2nd (8) weeks of the semester

EDL-727
Adult Learning Community (3 hours)

 

EDL-727-L
Field Experience for Adult Learning Community (1 hour)

2nd (8) weeks of the semester

EDL-732
Leadership of Special Programs (3 hours)

 

EDL-732-L
Field Experience for  Leadership of Special Programs (1 hour)

2nd (8) weeks of the semester

EDL-746 *
Practicum in Instructional Leadership (1 hour)

 

 

 

2nd (8) weeks of the semester

 

 

 

EDF Elective*
EDF-700
Urban Education
(3 hours) or
EDF-702
Critical Social Issues in Education (3 hours)

(8) hours credit

(8) hours credit

(8) hours credit

(7-8) hours credit

 * EDL-746 Practicum required for those who obtained Class “A” certification before September 1, 2008
* EDF elective choice
* Tentative course sequence subject to change

 



Educational Leadership Graduate Program Brochure


Educational Doctorate


Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)


The doctoral degree is recognized worldwide as a hallmark in academic excellence. The EdD program at UAB is the scholarly doctoral degree for individuals who are preparing for administrative leadership in K-12 organizations. Course work emphasizes the development of instructional leaders as reflective practitioners with an emphasis on solving complex issues in school settings. Our EdD program is a joint initiative with the University of Alabama.

As a professional degree, the Ed.D. is designed to meet the needs of those individuals seeking to improve their knowledge and skills so as to become highly competent educational leader-practitioners at the state, district, school, or classroom level. Toward these ends, the Ed.D. is designed to promote a standard of excellence intended to meet the growing demands faced by educational leaders in a context defined by instructional leadership, public accountability for teaching and learning results, increased globalization, diversity, and the emergence of new digital technologies as a part of life. The Ed.D. program is guided by a model of professional inquiry that emphasizes the development and honing of systematic decision making skills to address the problems, challenges, and opportunities of practice. Students will examine the core content domains of strategic and instructional leadership, organizational theory, data-driven decision making, and various content specialization areas. Knowledge from these domains is designed to facilitate the process of framing and addressing in critical ways the problems of practice. While the primary goal of these individuals is not to teach at the college or university level, the possibility of doing this at some point of their career may exists.

The EdD program is comprised of a series of Core Leadership Curriculum Courses, Foundations Courses, Research Electives, and Dissertation hours. Core Leadership classes are delivered by UA and UAB faculty members and provide a strong basis of knowledge for degree completion. The Foundations classes provide a more individualized sequence of courses designed to meet the specific learning and research needs for doctoral students. Research courses prepare candidates to assess current challenges faced by school leaders and lead into the completion of a doctoral dissertation.

Doctoral candidates will progress through most courses together as a cohort group, thus developing professional relationships and support that will prove meaningful to progressing career paths.

The Faculty Program Advisor for the EdD program is: Dr. Loucrecia Collins (205-975-1984)

Note: Students may enroll in doctoral classes only after full admission to the program.

Educational Leadership Graduate Program Brochure