10.4 EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST DEGREE
The College of Education offers
graduate work for the educational specialist (EdS) degree in counselor education; educational leadership; educational
psychology: general educational psychology, educational psychology,
educational research, and school psychology; elementary education, secondary
education (music education is available as a specialization within secondary
education); and special education.
The College of Education conducts its EdS programs in accordance with
University of Alabama Graduate School policies outlined in the
Requirements section of this catalog.
The EdS degree
requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of study beyond the master's
degree. (Students completing an EdS program and also expecting to receive an
Alabama Class AA certificate for service in the public schools must complete
a minimum of 30 semester hours and achieve a minimum 3.25 grade point
average on all work attempted.)
Admission to the
Graduate School does not mean that the EdS student is admitted to candidacy
for the degree.
Requirements for admission to candidacy for the EdS degree are the same as
those for the master's degree in the same area. A student should note
any foreign language requirement. Each EdS
student completes the
Admission to Candidacy for the EdS Degree
form that is on the Graduate School's website and submits it to the Graduate School. The
Graduate School must approve the student's EdS plan of study prior to
admission to candidacy for the degree.
A standard form for an EdS plan of study is not available at the Graduate School's website, because each department or program participating
in the EdS degree has established a framework of requirements for
the degree that indicates the general structure of its program.
concerning the plan of study, admission to candidacy, admission and
degree requirements may be outlined in the individual program
Education Admission requirements and the Graduate School's
sections of this catalog.
Graduate students seeking AA certification at The University of Alabama must
enroll in and complete the EdS (or doctoral) program in that certification
area in order to obtain University of Alabama recommendation for AA
certification. A student who takes a course for credit in a master's level
program may not take the same course for credit in a sixth-year program. In
compliance with regulations established by the Alabama Department of
Education and outlined in the Alabama Administrative Code,
coursework used to meet Class B or Class A certification requirements may
not be used to meet certification requirements for Class AA certification in
any teaching field or area of instructional support.