About Educational Leadership

Graduate Studies

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.

Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Educational Leadership

The master’s program in educational leadership is designed for teachers with a minimum of three years of classroom teaching experience and Class B certification in an instructional or instructional support area who wish to earn a Class A certification in Instructional Leadership and to make a broader impact among their students and in their schools by becoming curriculum or instructional leaders, assistant principals, and principals.

Post-Master's Certificate (PMC) in Instructional Leadership (Reduced Hour Option)

The 18-hour Post-Master’s Certificate program (PMC) is intended for teachers with a master’s degree, Class A certification in an instructional or instructional support area, and a minimum of three years teaching experience who wish to add a Class A certification in Instructional Leadership to their administrative credentials.

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership

The Educational Specialist degree program is intended for teachers with a master’s degree, a Class A certificate in Instructional Leadership, and a minimum of three years of teaching experience who wish to add a Class AA certification in Instructional Leadership to their administrative credentials and become eligible to apply for admission to our Educational Doctorate (EdD) program in Educational Leadership.

Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership

The doctoral degree program in educational leadership is a joint initiative of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama designed for school administrators and teachers who hold an EdS and Class AA certification in an instructional, instructional leadership, or instructional support area and who would like to enhance their analytical, management, and leadership skills in order to attain senior administrative positions in elementary, middle, and high schools, district-level offices, or state K-12 organizations or who wish to teach at the post-secondary level.
Nationally recognized researchers and
award-winning faculty members
Amy Dagley

Amy Dagley

Keith Gurley

Keith Gurley

Gary Peters

Gary Peters

Latest News

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.

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Educational Leadership Degrees

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

What our graduates say
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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
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brad newton

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