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Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

As part of a great research university, our department offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our programs are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction faculty are internationally and nationally recognized providing expertise in their respective disciplines. Through teaching, scholarship, and service, faculty contribute to the development of dynamic teachers and educational communities in a global society.

We welcome your inquiries into our programs as you seek opportunities to touch the world through the education profession. Go Blazers!

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Turning students into teachers and teachers into leaders

Teacher preparation is our specialty. We offer programs for undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking initial teacher certification as well as programs for veteran teachers seeking advanced degrees and certifications. Whether you're an undergraduate student seeking to enter the profession, a career changer in pursuit of a teaching degree, or a practicing teacher interested in furthering your career, the UAB Department of Curriculum and Instruction can help you achieve your goal.

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Educational Specialist (EdS) Degree

At UAB, experienced teachers can pursue an Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in Teacher Leadership. This degree prepares candidates to earn Class AA teacher certification in Teacher Leadership from the Alabama State Department of Education.

Highlights of UAB's Teacher Leader program are as follows:

Varied delivery formats of the teacher leader (TL) courses
Blended courses: face-to-face evening classes alternating with online sessions
Courses with professional learning communities (PLCs) and Saturday sessions
Totally online courses

1 academic focus each term over a 2-year period
1 TL module per term (fall, spring, summer): offered on a rotating schedule
2 instructors per term: a UAB faculty member and a school practitioner
5 credit hours per term: eligibility for financial aid

3 courses in each TL module, specially designed with an interactive, learner-centered approach
Standards-based content course = 3 credit hours (course numbers and titles listed below)
Inquiry-focused field experience course = 1 credit hour (course number followed by an L)
Research course about a school problem = 1 credit hour (course number followed by R)

6 modules, each with 5 credit hours, for a total of 30 credit hours

EDL 735-L-R Professional Leadership Summer 2013 blended
EDC 731-L-R Curricular Design and Implementation Fall 2013 blended
ECT 720-L-R Universal Design for Learning Spring 2014 online
EPR 700-L-R Data-based Decision Making Summer 2014 blended
EDC 732-L-R Culturally & Linguistically Relevant Instruction Fall 2014 PLCs
EDL 711-L-R Collaborative Problem Solving Spring 2015 blended

Detailed information is provided in the Teacher Leader Handbook