The Alternative Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education is designed for individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in a field other than education and wish to earn Class A teacher certification in kindergarten through sixth grade. 

Coursework takes a minimum of 49 semester hours to complete and includes courses in education as a profession, measurement and assessment, and transition into teaching as well as discipline-specific methods courses, fieldwork and an internship (student teaching). A program checklist can be found on the right and course specific information may be found in the UAB Graduate Catalog.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the AMP admission requirements, applicants must have an undergraduate major AND the following required courses (can be taken first semester of AMP): Child Development and Family Relations. Admission tests include the Praxis II: Elementary Multiple Subjects, Praxis II: Early Childhood, and AECTP Basic Skills Test.

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Alternative Master's Program

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. Students who successfully complete the AMP will earn a master’s degree in education and be eligible for Class A certification in their specific teaching field. Read more about the Alternative Master's Program.