Alternative Master Program in Special Education

Alternative Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Collaborative Teaching

The alternative master’s program prepares individuals who have an undergraduate degree but do not have any type of teacher certification. Students choose elementary (K-6) or secondary (6-12) areas of specialization.

The alternative Master of Education program in Special Education leads to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in special education. This 42-hour program prepares individuals without previous training in education to be special education teachers. The coursework can be completed entirely online, however some of the courses are also offered with portions online or on campus. There are practicum and student teaching requirements where students will be in K-12 settings with students with disabilities. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the Class A, K-6 or 6-12 Collaborative Teacher Certificate. 

Alternative M.Ed. Course of Study Collaborative Teacher K-6

Alternative M.Ed. Course of Study Collaborative Teacher 6-12

Admission Requirements Alternative M.Ed. Program

  • Application and all supporting documents must be received prior to the semester of entry deadline. Application and semester deadlines are available at
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended since high school, regardless of whether credit was earned. A GPA of at least 2.75 documented on the official transcript from the undergraduate degree-granting institution. 
  • Scores on either MAT or GRE (including the Analytical writing section). Scores must be from exam taken within the last 5 years. 
  • Two recommendation forms attesting to your scholarship and/or professional abilities. 
  • Two page narrative on your career goals and purpose for graduate study. 
  • A resumé of professional experiences. 
  • Passing score on the Elementary Education Multiple Subjects Praxis II test (all four parts). 
  • Successful completion of the basic skills assessment of the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP). 
  • Proof of Clear Alabama State Department of Education background check

 Academic Advisor:          

Abigail Baxter, Ph.D.
Special Education
Ph: (251) 380-2767