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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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Prerequisites for Admission to the Teacher Leader EdS Program
- Class A certification: teaching field, instructional leadership, counseling, library media or school psychometry
- 3 full years of full-time teaching: EXP
- 3.25 GPA on degree-issuing master's transcript from a regionally accredited college
- Miller Analogies Test (score 388) or Graduate Record Exam (score of 290 current or 850 former)
- Portfolio showing TL potential:

Program Advisor
The advisor for all students in the EdS Teacher Leader program is Dr. Susan Spezzini, Program Director (, 205-934-8357. It is recommended that graduate students meet with their advisor at least once a year, either individually or during full class advising. Such advising can also take place by phone or email.

Important Information
1. Students must maintain a high GPA - 3.25 is required for an EdS.
2. Students should submit an Application for Degree to the Office of Student Services (EB 100) at least 7 months before they intend to graduate. The deadlines are posted on the C&I Department website.
3. Students should submit a certification application to the Office of Student Services (EB 100) at the beginning of the term when they intend to graduate. Instructions are provided in the respective certification application handbooks on the OSS website.
4. Students are expected to post the course-specific assessment artifacts on their electronic TaskStream portfolio each semester.

Whenever students have a question or concern, it is their responsibility to seek advising from the EdS program advisor.