The University of West Alabama offers an online Education Specialist in Teacher Leader degree. Designed for educators seeking advancement at the doctoral level in a shorter time span, this degree prepares educators for expert level teaching. Topic areas include assessment, mentoring, research, and leadership.
Valid master's-level Professional Educator Certificate in any teaching field or area of instructional support
Minimum of three full years of full-time teaching experience in a P-12 setting
Verification of background clearance/fingerprints
Three letters of recommendation
Evidence of ability to positively affect student achievement
Evidence of collaborative leadership potential
If an individual is admitted to an Alabama Class AA Teacher Leader program based on a master’s-level Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or area of instructional support from another state, completes the Class AA Teacher Leader program and subsequently applies for Class AA Teacher Leader certification, then the individual must earn at least a Class A Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or area of instructional support before applying for Class AA certification
Accreditation & Licensing
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
This program includes AL teaching certification. Students living/teaching outside of AL should consult their state's certification requirements.
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