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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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How much is the application fee?

During the 2012-13 school year, the fee was $45 to submit a degree-seeking application for admission to the Graduate School.

How much does the program cost?

You can estimate the cost of the program from UAB's Detailed Tuition and Fees webpage ( .
During the 2012-13 school year, the tuition and fees for a 5-hour course module within the Teacher Leader program were $1,905. There will be 6 such modules throughout the entire program. Increments in tuition and fees usually occur on an annual basis.

Will the program accept an old GRE or MAT score?

Scores for tests taken more than 5 years ago can be considered. Students with old test scores should first contact Dr. Spezzini ( If this score is already on file at UAB from an earlier graduate degree program, Dr. Spezzini will seek access to the score report and request a waiver to the 5-year recency limit. If this score are not already on file at UAB, prospective students should scan their score report and send it as an email attachment to Dr. Spezzini. NOTE: Old test scores can be accepted only if they meet the minimum score required for admission to the Teacher Leader EdS program.

What is the fastest way to obtain a new test score?

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is given several times a week at UAB's testing center. Students can usually take it within just a few days of registering. Upon completing the MAT, test-takers receive a copy of their unofficial score. If time of essence, students should forward this score report to Dr. Spezzini ( as an email attachment. NOTE: For most students, the MAT offers greater advantages than the GRE. The MAT is shorter, less expensive, and usually easier for obtaining a good score. Students can usually improve their MAT score by marking "C" on all questions they don't know.
MAT (passing score = 388 current version, 35 former version)
GRE (passing score = 290+ current version, 850+ former version)