The Educational Leadership Program prepares educators for administrative and curriculum/instructional leadership positions in their field and equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively support high quality learning and to transform schools. Our program has long partnered with the school districts of Greater Birmingham, and we draw upon a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural schools in the preparation of our graduate students.
In addition to attaining the positions of superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and curriculum/instructional leaders, many of our graduates have received local, state, and national recognition for their scholarly contributions to the field of school leadership.
Our programs are tailored to the learning needs and schedules of busy school professionals—no class starts before 5 PM, and classes meet only one night per week during the fall and spring semesters. We provide coursework and field experiences appropriate to students’ career goals in a helpful and collaborative educational environment.
award-winning faculty members
Gary Peters was elected to serve as Vice-President of the Alabama Association of Professors of Educational Leadership. AAPEL represents the interests of 13 institutions of higher learning in Alabama.
The Educational Leadership program in the Department of Human Studies offers several degrees—a Master of Arts in Education, an Educational Specialist, and a Doctor of Education—as well as a Post-Master’s Certificate in Instructional Leadership.
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Alabama Educator Certification
As a first generation college student, I was anxious about whether I could reach my goal of obtaining a doctorate degree. The Educational Leadership faculty must have sensed my concern—they believed in me and provided the positive reinforcement I needed to graduate. I will always be eternally grateful.Jeff Shelley
The EDL cohorts became our surrogate families as we worked through the requirements together. The encouragement and understanding of our instructors and our peers helped us balance the demands of being an educational leader during the day and a student at night.Tracy Handley Brown
The EDL program at UAB prepared me to lead my school. As principal, I have reason to reflect daily on what I learned while pursuing my educational leadership degrees.Brad Newton