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.

To accomodate a variety of work and family schedules, 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. For your convenience, we offer our Master's and Educational Specialist degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education in both online and blended formats.

Undergraduate Majors

Graduate Degrees

Learn more about our graduate programs

Download an information packet. If you are already a certified teacher, you will be pursuing the traditional MA or the EdS; please contact the program coordinator in that packet. If you are not a certified teacher and wish to become a teacher, please contact Dr. Susan Spezzini and attend an information session for the Alternative Master’s Program.

 Graduate Program Information Packet Information Session
Alternative Master's Program Download Mondays 5:00-6:30 pm
Traditional Master's Program Download Contact coordinator (See page 2 of information packet)
Educational Specialist Program Download Contact coordinator (See page 2 of information packet)

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. Learn more.

Honors Program

The Early Childhood and Elementary Education Honors program is designed to extend the learning of high achieving undergraduate students through research and service projects. Learn more.

Early Childhood and Elementary Education Faculty

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Have Questions? Contact Us.

For the Early Childhood Bachelor's Degree, Early Childhood Master of Arts Degree, or Early Childhood Educational Specialist Degree contact:
Cora Causey, PhD
By Phone: 205-975-6495
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For the the Elementary Education Bachelor's Degree, Elementary Master of Arts Degree, or Elementary Educational Specialist Degree, contact:
Jennifer Summerlin, PhD
By Phone: 205-996-3540
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For the PhD Program, contact:
James Ernest, PhD
By Phone: 205-934-8360
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