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Program Details

The University of West Alabama offers a certification in Elementary Education. This certificate can be obtained completely online after 33 credit hours. All students seeking certification in any field shall be required to complete a general survey course in Special Education (3 semester hours) if such a course was not a part of their undergraduate program or another graduate program. A research component including research and/or field work will be an integral part of all specialist programs in education.

A candidate who took a course for credit in a master’s level program cannot take the same course for credit in the education specialist program. Completion of sixth-year programs requires at least 30 semester hours of credit not used for prior level certification in the same teaching field.

In order to be admitted into the Elementary Education program the candidate must meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, provide verification of background clearance/fingerprints, hold a master’s-level professional educator certificate in Elementary Education, and have had recent experience in the area of specialization.

Once admitted, students will complete a variety of courses. The classes students can choose from include five different sections offered in the certificate program, consisting of: Conditional Admission Required Courses, Unconditional Admission Required Courses, one Professional Course and last Teaching Field.


The candidate must:

  • Meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Hold the master’s-level professional educator certificate in the same teaching or instructional support field in which the Education Specialist degree is sought.
  • Have had recent experience in the area of specialization.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in all courses in the approved program as verified on an official transcript with no grade less than a "C."

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

All teacher certification programs are accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.


If an individual completes an Alabama Education Specialist program based on a master’s level certificate from another state and applies for Alabama certification at the Class AA level, the individual must earn an Alabama Class A (master’s level) Professional Educator Certificate prior to applying for the Class AA certificate.