College of Education

The College of Education offers teacher education programs that lead to certification as well as non-certification programs in graduate study. Offerings reflect a flexible program of current curricula, educational plans, and requirements, which may be altered as warranted by changes in the professions and accrediting agencies. As regulating agencies (e.g., Alabama State Department of Education, CAEP, CACREP, and CORE) modify standards and expectations, programs may be modified during a candidate’s period of study. At such time, candidates may be subject to revised program or certification requirements. The purpose of all College of Education graduate programs is to develop innovative, informed, reflective decision makers.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS
Approved by the Alabama State Department of Education
  Semester Hours Alabama Campuses  
Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) Trad Alt A Dothan Montgomery Phenix City Troy Global Campus* Troy Online
Elementary Education (K-6) X^^ X^^ X^^ X^^   X^
Early Childhood Education (P-3) X         X
Collaborative Teacher (K-6)
36^^
X^^     X^^    
Collaborative Teacher (6-12)
36^^
X^^     X^^    
Secondary Education (6-12)
Biology       X^^    
History

X^^

   

X^^

  X^
English/Language Arts X^^     X^    
General Science       X^^    
Mathematics X^^     X^^    
Social Science X^^     X^^   X^
Interdisciplinary Education (P-12)
Art       X^^    
Gifted Education
--
          X^
Music Instrumental       X^^    
Music Vocal /Choral       X^^    
Physical Education       X^^    
Instructional Support Programs (P-12)
Instructional Leadership & Administration
--
X^^   X^^      
Instructional Leadership & Administration         Reduced Hour Option for Certification -- X^^   X^^      
School Counseling
--
X X X X    
Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
Trad
Alt A
Dothan
Montgomery
Phenix City
Troy
Global Campus
Troy Online
Elementary Education (K-6)
--
X^^   X^^     X
Instructional Support Programs (P-12)
Instructional Leadership & Administration
--
X^^   X^^       X
School Counseling
--
X X X        
Teacher Leader
30^^
  X^^           X

* Please refer to http://www.troy.edu/admissions/for specific program availability by location.
^Traditional program offered online through Global Campus
^^ Offered as blended program. A blended program combines both online and face-to-face courses in the required program of study.

NON-CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS
    Alabama Campuses  
Master of Science (M.S.) Hours Dothan Montgomery Phenix City Troy Global Campus* Troy Online
Adult Education    
Curriculum and Instructional Design 33/36   X^^     X
Instructional Technology 33/36         X
Leadership Studies 33/36         X
Adult Education Certificates 12   X
Curriculum and Instructional Design 12 X^^   X
Instructional Technology 12   X
Leadership Studies 12   X
Workforce Development 12   X
Second Language Instruction 31/33 X X
Education Specialist (Ed.S)
     Community Counseling 30 X

* Please refer to http://www.troy.edu/admissions/ for specific program availability by location.

COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAMS
Program Specialty Semester Hours Alabama Campuses  
    Dothan Montgomery Phenix City Troy Global Campus*
Clinical Mental Health Counseling 60 X X X X X
Rehabilitation Counseling 48 X X X X  
School Counseling (M.S.Ed.) 48 X X X X  
General Counseling
(non-licensure; non-certification program)
36   X     X
Student Affairs Counseling 48       X  
Substance Abuse Counseling 48   X      
Addictions Counseling Certificate 15 X X X   X
Post Master's Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 15 X X X X X
Post Masters Certificate in Counseling Military Populations 15 X X X X X

* Please refer to http://www.troy.edu/admissions/ for specific program availability by location.

Accreditation

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
    The Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology degree programs in Community Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling offered at the Phenix City campus are accredited by CACREP. The Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology degree program in Community Counseling offered at the Dothan and Montgomery campuses are accredited by CACREP. The Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology degree programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offered at Pensacola, Panama City, Orlando, Tampa, Ft. Walton, FL, and Troy are accredited by CACREP. The Master of Science in Education degree programs in School Counseling offered at the Dothan, Montgomery, Phenix City, and Troy campuses are accredited by CACREP.
  • Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
    The Master of Science degree programs in Rehabilitation Counseling offered at the Dothan, Montgomery, Phenix City and Troy campuses are accredited by CORE. The CORE accreditation includes all campuses under one accreditation.
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
    The Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at the Troy, Dothan, Montgomery, and Phenix City campuses is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation and advanced education preparation programs. CAEP is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.

Teacher Certification

All teacher education certification programs are approved by the Alabama State Department of Education. Students seeking teacher certification should refer to the specific program for eligibility and program completion requirements. Only those students who are properly admitted to an approved teacher certification program and complete all current requirements will be recommended for certification.

The purpose of all certification programs in the College of Education is to develop practicing master teachers, instructional support personnel, and education specialists who more effectively serve students in P-12 settings. As master teachers, instructional support personnel, and education specialists, they participate as leaders in their schools and contribute to their profession.

College of Education students in Troy Global Campus must meet all specialized accreditation requirements to be classified as graduates of specialized accredited programs (CAEP, CACREP and CORE). Up to 12 hours of coursework completed at a site/university without appropriate specialized accreditation may be considered for application toward program completion. See TRANSFER CREDIT section for additional information.

Certification in Alabama

Candidates completing an approved teacher certification program are eligible to apply for the Alabama Class A professional certificate, provided they meet the following:

  • For Class A program completion, a minimum GPA of 3.25 overall is required for candidates unconditionally admitted to a program July 1, 2017 and thereafter.
  • For Class AA program completion, a minimum GPA of 3.5 overall is required for candidates unconditionally admitted July 1, 2017 and thereafter.
  • A grade of “C” or better in all coursework which applies to certification.
  • A grade of “B” or better in the research requirements for the program.
  • Any “D” earned in a teaching field course must be successfully repeated with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Successful completion of the Praxis II examination in all areas of initial certification.

Any candidate who applies for a professional certificate is subject to all regulations set forth by the Alabama State Department of Education. These regulations may include a comprehensive background check, verification of appropriate experience, and prior certification specific to the certification sought. Additional requirements (e.g., standardized examinations to demonstrate content mastery) may be added as the Alabama State Board of Education and other accrediting agencies modify regulations. Candidates should consult their education adviser for details.

Only candidates properly admitted to an approved certification program and who successfully fulfill all program and certification requirements will be recommended for certification. The Certification Officer, appointed by the Dean of the College of Education, is the only Troy University official authorized to recommend candidates for certification in any state.

Certification in Other States

Other states may grant professional certification to candidates completing the Troy University teacher education program. Some states may have additional requirements. Candidates seeking certification in other states should contact the appropriate State Department of Education.

Only candidates properly admitted to an approved certification program and who successfully fulfill all program and certification requirements will be recommended for certification. The Certification Officer, appointed by the Dean of the College of Education, is the only Troy University official authorized to recommend candidates for certification in any state.

Fingerprinting Requirement

Any candidate applying for admission to a State-approved program is required to be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check through the Alabama State Department of Education to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) pursuant to Act 2002-457. Fingerprinting must be done prior to conduction of observations in P-12 schools.

Admission Requirements for College of Education

Unconditional admission to the Graduate School does not constitute unconditional admission to specific programs in the College of Education. Students seeking advanced degrees in the College of Education should refer to the admission requirements specific to the degree program.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of four courses (12 semester hours) taken at another regionally accredited institution each with a grade of "B" or better within eight years of graduation may be considered for application toward the degree. These courses must be comparable in catalog description to Troy University courses in the specific degree program and must be approved by the appropriate department chair and dean. If the Troy program holds specialized accreditation, all courses taken at other sites/institutions will be reviewed to ensure that they are eligible for credit under specialized accreditation requirements.

Degree Requirements

Successful completion of the courses listed under each program area with an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is necessary to fulfill requirements for the degree. If the student makes a "D" or "F" in a core course, the course must be retaken. If the student makes a "D" or "F" in an elective course, the course may be retaken or another elective may be taken in its place.

Program Completion Requirements

All graduate programs require successful completion of specific end-of-program assessments. These assessments may include, but are not limited to, written comprehensive examinations, a portfolio, a thesis, a field project, and standardized examinations.

Statement of Guarantee for New Educators

Candidates who are recommended by Troy University for Alabama State Teacher Certification or other school personnel certification shall be granted remediation at no cost if:

  1. Teaching or have employment in-field and at level of the awarded certificate;
  2. Not meeting minimum criteria using the State evaluation system or state approved system evaluation;
  3. Remediation is requested within two years of the valid date of the Professional Educator certificate, issued based on recommendation by the unit.

In no case shall the unit be required to provide remediation for more than the first two years of employment.


MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION (M.S.Ed.)

TRADITIONAL FIFTH-YEAR CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS FOR TEACHERS

Students should consult the General Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding Graduate School admission requirements, transfer credit, and other critical policies and procedures.

Purpose

The purpose of the fifth-year certification program for teachers is to provide an opportunity for advanced study within their discipline for candidates who are seeking advanced certification in the same discipline/level in which they hold baccalaureate level professional educator certification.

Advanced Certification at the Master’s Level

The College of Education offers the Traditional Fifth-Year Master of Science in Education Program for candidates seeking advanced certification in the same discipline/level in which they hold baccalaureate level professional educator certification.

Initial Certification at the Master’s Level

For candidates seeking initial certification at the graduate level, or those who are seeking certification in an area or at levels other than those in which they hold baccalaureate level certification, the Alternative Fifth-Year (Alternative-A) Master of Science in Education Program is offered. See specific programs for any additional admissions and/or certification requirements.

In addition to the programs for teachers, fifth-year certification programs are offered in the following instructional support areas: Instructional Leadership & Administration, School Counseling, and School Psychometry.

Admission Requirements for Traditional Fifth- Year Certification Programs

Unconditional admission to the Graduate School does not constitute unconditional admission to any professional education program. In addition to the admission requirements for the Graduate School, candidates seeking admission to a traditional fifth year certification program for teachers must hold professional baccalaureate-level certification in the teaching field in which the Class A certification is sought except in Collaborative Teacher K-6, Collaborative Teacher 6-12, and Gifted Education. Temporary, provisional, and other nonrenewable certifications are not acceptable. See specific program descriptions for any additional admission requirements.

Admission to the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP)
The following documents will be submitted at the time the candidate applies for admission to the University. Teacher Education staff will approve the admission and remove the candidate’s hold for taking graduate courses.

  1. Submission of proof of baccalaureate level professional education certification.
  2. Successful completion and submission of an essay on the Candidate’s teaching philosophy.
  3. A minimum cumulative/overall graduating grade point average of 2.5 (Effective July 1, 2017, a GPA of 2.75 is required) on the baccalaureate transcript.
  4. A minimum of 2.75 grade point average on (post baccalaureate) prerequisite coursework.
  5. Successful completion of a criminal background check/fingerprinting.

Candidates must clear university requirements for admission and the College of Education admission requirements listed above prior to enrolling in any graduate work.

Troy Global Campus students must meet all specialized accreditation requirements to be classified as graduates of specialized accredited programs (CACREP).

Required Courses for the Traditional Fifth-Year Certification Program for Teachers

Common Required Core (18 sh)
EDU 6629 3 The Master Teacher
PSY 6631 3 Psychological Foundations of Education
EDU 6611 3 Educational Technology in the Curriculum (or an approved technology course in the discipline)
SPE 6630 3 Collaboration for Inclusion
EDU 6653 3 Educational Evaluation (or approved Evaluation course in the teaching field)
EDU 6691 3 Research Methodology*
  or  
EDU XXX 3 Adviser approved research course in discipline*

*Must earn a grade of “B” or better.
Note: In addition to the required core, a survey course in special education is required unless previously completed at the undergraduate and graduate level. After July 1, 2017, a special education course must be at the graduate level.

Early Childhood Education (ECE)
(Grades P-3) 36 sh

Required Core Courses: (18 sh)
Teaching Field Courses: (18 sh)
Select 12 semester hours of adviser-approved ECE courses.
Select six additional hours of adviser-approved ECE courses or other adviser-approved courses related to the profession (e.g., EDU, ELE, SPE, RED). A candidate may not enroll in a 5000-level course if it duplicates the same course listed on an undergraduate transcript. At least nine semester hours of teaching field courses must be at the 6000 level.

Elementary Education (ELE)
(Grades K-6) 36 sh

Required Core Courses: (18 sh)
Teaching Field Courses: (18 sh)
Select 12 semester hours of adviser-approved ELE courses.

Select six additional hours of adviser-approved ELE courses or other adviser approved courses related to the profession (e.g., EDU, ECE, SPE, RED).

A candidate may not enroll in a 5000-level course if it duplicates the same course listed on an undergraduate transcript. At least nine semester hours of teaching field courses must be at the 6000 level.

Collaborative Teacher
(Grades K-6) 36 sh

Additional Admission Information for Collaborative Teacher
Candidates holding professional baccalaureate-level certification in any teaching field may be admitted to the traditional master’s program in Collaborative Teacher provided all other admissions criteria are met. A candidate’s prior coursework will be evaluated by the College of Education to determine if under-graduate prerequisite coursework is required. All prerequisites must be satisfied prior to unconditional admission.

Required Core Courses (15 sh)
EDU 6629 3 The Master Teacher
EDU 6691 3 Research Methodology
SPE 6630 3 Collaboration for Inclusion
EDU 6653 3 Educational Evaluation
EDU 6611 3 Educational Technology in the Curriculum
     
Note: In addition to the required core, a survey course in special education is required unless previously completed at the undergraduate or graduate level. After July 1, 2017, a special education course must be at the graduate level.
Select ONE: (3 sh)
PSY 6631 3 Psychological Foundations of Education
EDU 6645 3 Nature of Intelligence
     
Teaching Field Courses: (12 sh)
SPE 6614 3 Adaptive Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild Disabilities K-6
SPE 6615 3 Adaptive Teaching Strategies for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities K-6
SPE 6616 3 Teaching Students with Emotional And Social Needs
SPE 6631 3 Legal Issues in Special Education
     
Select ONE: (3 sh)
SPE 6694 3 Collaborative Teacher K-6 Practicum
SPE 6699 3 Collaborative Teacher K-6 Initial Practicum (Required for initial certification in Collaborative Teacher K-6.)
SPE 6697 3 Field Based Research Project
     
Select ONE: (3 sh)
RED 6670 3 Advanced Study of Literacy*
XXX 3 Advisor-Approved Elective
* Required if not ELE or Reading Specialist certified
     
Collaborative Teacher
(Grades 6-12) 36 sh

Additional Admission Information for Collaborative Teacher
Candidates holding professional baccalaureate-level certification in any teaching field may be admitted to the traditional master’s program in Collaborative Teacher provided all other admission criteria are met. A candidate’s prior coursework will be evaluated by the College of Education to determine if undergraduate coursework is required. All prerequisites must be satisfied prior to unconditional admission.

Required Core Courses (15 sh)
EDU 6629 3 The Master Teacher
EDU 6691 3 Research Methods*
SPE 6630 3 Collaboration for Inclusion
EDU 6653 3 Educational Evaluation
EDU 6611 3 Educational Technology in the Curriculum
     
*Must earn a grade of “B” or better.
     
Note: In addition to the required core, a survey course in special education is required unless previously completed at the undergraduate and graduate level. After July 1, 2017, a special education course must be at the graduate level.
     
Select ONE of the following (3 sh)
PSY 6631 3 Psychological Foundations of Education
EDU 6645 3 Nature of Intelligence
     
Select ONE of the following (3 sh)
RED 6670 3 Advanced Study of Literacy*
XXX 3 Adviser Approved Elective
     
*Required if not ELE, or Reading Specialists certified.
     
Teaching Field Courses: (15 sh)
SPE 6609 3 Content Enhancement
SPE 6620 3 Service Delivery Models for Multiple Disabilities
SPE 6616 3 Teaching Students with Emotional and Social Needs
SPE 6631 3 Legal Issues in Special Education
     
Select ONE of the following (3 sh)
SPE 6695 3 Collaborative Teacher Practicum (6-12)
SPE 6698 3 Collaborative Teacher Initial Practicum Required For Initial Certification (6-12)
SPE 6697 3 Field Based Research Project
 

Secondary Education
(Grades 6-12) 36 sh
Location: Dothan, Troy
Dothan: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science
Troy: Biology, History, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science, General Science

Required Core Courses: (18 sh)
Teaching Field Courses: (18 sh)

Select 18 semester hours of adviser-approved courses specific to the major. Choices for major are biology, English/language arts, general science, history, mathematics, and social science. A candidate may not enroll in a 5000-level course if it duplicates the same course listed on an undergraduate transcript. At least nine semester hours of teaching field courses must be at the 6000 level.

Comprehensive degree programs (i.e., English/language arts, general science, and social science) require course work in multiple disciplines. Candidates should consult their academic adviser regarding any specific course requirements in the teaching field.


Interdisciplinary Education
(Grades P-12) 36 sh

Required Core Courses: (18 sh)
Teaching Field Courses: (18 sh)
Choices are art, instrumental music, choral music, or physical education. For art education, students should select 12 semester hours of adviser approved courses in art, and ART 6662 (3) Seminar in Art Education. For music education, students should select 13 hours of advisor-approved courses in music, MUS 6696 Practicum (2), and MUS 6638 Literature Analysis (3) to meet the Teaching Field course requirements. All other fields should select 18 semester hours of adviser-approved courses specific to the major. A candidate may not enroll in a 5000-level course if it duplicates the same course listed on an undergraduate transcript. At least nine semester hours of teaching field courses must be at the 6000 level. Candidates should consult their academic adviser regarding any specific course requirements in the teaching field.

Gifted Education
36 sh
(Grades P-12)  
Location: Troy Online

Additional Admission Information for Gifted Education
Candidates holding professional baccalaureate-level certification in any teaching field may be admitted to the traditional master’s program in Gifted Education provided all other admissions criteria are met. A candidate’s prior coursework will be evaluated by the College of Education to determine if undergraduate coursework is required. All prerequisites must be satisfied prior to unconditional admission.

Required Core Courses: (12 sh)
EDU 6629 3 The Master Teacher
EDU 6611 3 Educational Technology in the Curriculum
SPE 6630 3 Collaboration for Inclusion
EDU 6600 3 Classroom Management and Behavior Intervention
     
Select One Sequence (2 courses): (6 sh)
EDU 6653 3 Educational Evaluation
EDU 6691 3 Research Methodology*
or    
EDU 6698 3 Introduction to Research*
EDU 6699 3 Research in Practice
*Must earn a grade of “B” or better.
Note: In addition to the required core, a survey course in special education is required unless previously completed at the undergraduate and graduate level.
     
Teaching Field Courses: (18 sh)
EDG 6666 3 Nature and Needs of Gifted Individuals
EDG 6667 3 Creativity
EDG 6668 3 Integrating Thinking Skills into the Curriculum
EDG 6669 3 Teaching Methods in Gifted Education
EDG 6670 3 Special Populations of Gifted Students
EDG 6696 3 Practicum in Gifted Education

Application Requirements for Gifted Education Additional Certification

  1. Application
  2. Application fee made payable to Troy University
  3. Satisfactory completion of a State-approved program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all courses in the Alabama State Board of Education approved educator preparation program. After July1, 2017 and thereafter, satisfactory completion of a State-approved program with a minimum GPA of 3.25 on all courses in the Alabama State Board of Education approved program.
  4. An official transcript from a regionally accredited institution documenting an earned master’s degree.
  5. Hold a valid Class A Professional Educator’s Certificate in any field
  6. One letter of recommendation from a current school supervisor
  7. Successful completion of a criminal background check

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Required Teaching Field Courses (18 sh)
EDG 6666 3 Nature and Needs of Gifted Individuals
EDG 6667 3 Creativity
EDG 6668 3 Integrating Thinking Skills into the Curriculum
EDG 6669 3 Teaching Methods in Gifted Education
EDG 6670 3 Special Populations of Gifted Students
EDG 6696 3 Practicum in Gifted Education

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION (M.S.ED.)

TRADITIONAL FIFTH-YEAR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM IN INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT AREAS

Students should consult the General Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding Graduate School admission requirements, transfer credit, and other critical policies and procedures.

Purpose

The purpose of the fifth-year certification program for instructional support areas is to provide initial certification at the graduate level in the areas of Instructional Leadership & Administration, School Counseling, and School Psychometry.

In addition to the admission requirements for the Graduate School, candidates for the fifth-year programs for instructional support personnel must have baccalaureate-level professional certification in a teaching field. Temporary, provisional, and other nonrenewable certification are not acceptable. See the Specific programs for other admissions and degree completion requirements.

Troy University College of Education students must meet all specialized accreditation requirements to be classified as graduates of specialized accredited programs (CAEP, CACREP).

Instructional Leadership & Administration
36 sh
(Grades P-12)  

Additional Admission Requirements for Traditional Fifth-Year Certification Program in Instructional Leadership & Administration

Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP)

All candidates must be unconditionally admitted to the university.

The ILA program admits two cohorts per academic year (Fall/T1-Dothan; Spring/T3 Phenix City). The admissions deadline for Dothan is June 15th. The admissions deadline for Phenix City is September 15th.

Applicants Must:

  1. Hold a valid Class B baccalaureate-level Alabama Professional Education Certification in a teaching field or master’s level Professional Educator’s Certificate in a teaching field or instructional support area. Verification of a Professional Educator Certification certificate must be provided upon application to the program.
  2. Verify a minimum of three years paid, full-time successful teaching experience.
  3. Submit prior to the interview an admission portfolio containing:
    • Three (3) signed letters of recommendation including one from the applicant’s principal or supervisor on letterheads stationary. (These letters should address the leadership abilities of the candidate and any previous leadership experiences.)
    • Copies of the most recent performance appraisal including professional development component, if available
    • Evidence of leadership and management potential, including evidence of most recent accomplishments in the area of educational leadership or/and student achievement.
    • Summary of candidate’s reasons for pursuing a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership & Administration.
    • Summary of candidate's expectations from the preparation program.
    • Supplemental Experience Form (Form 125.14)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • All admission items must be submitted prior to the application deadlines
  4. Pass an interview conducted by the Program Admission Committee.
  5. Pass a written assessment.
  6. A minimum cumulative/overall graduating grade point average of 2.5 (Effective July 1, 2017, a GPA of 2.75 is required) on the baccalaureate transcript or a minimum of a 3.25 GPA on a master’s or higher degree transcript.
  7. A minimum of 2.75 grade point average on (post baccalaureate) prerequisite coursework.
  8. Successful completion of a criminal background check/fingerprinting.
Required Professional Core Courses: (27 sh)
ILA 6603 3 Tools for Managing Educational Resources
ILA 6611 3 Community Relationships
ILA 6613 3 Legal Dimensions of Education
ILA 6633 3 Instructional Leadership
ILA 6643 3 Human Resource Administration
ILA 6658 3 Working with Diverse Populations
ILA 6684 3 Curriculum and Instructional Strategies
ILA 6691 3 Research Methods (must earn a "B" or better)
ILA 6692 3 Using Data to Make Decisions
     
Select ONE of the following: (3 sh)
ILA 6607 3 Readings in Leadership
ILA 6609 3 Communication and Problem Solving
3 Grant Writing
ILA 6625 3 Special Topics in Instructional Leadership
ILA 6640 3 Building & Maintaining Collaborative Learning Environments
     
Internship: (6 sh)
ILA 6662 2 Orientation in Instructional Leadership and Administration
ILA 6663 2 Practicum I
ILA 6664 2 Practicum II
     

Note: In addition to the required core, a survey course in special education is required unless previously completed at the undergraduate and graduate level.

INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION REDUCED HOUR OPTION FOR CERTIFICATION (19 sh)

Admission Requirements

  1. Hold a valid Class A Alabama Professional Educator Certificate
  2. Verify a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience
  3. Submit an admissions portfolio prior to interview containing:
    • Three (3) signed letters of recommendation including one from the applicant’s principal or supervisor on school letterhead stationary. (Letters should address the leadership abilities of the candidate and any previous leadership experiences)
    • Copies of the most recent performance appraisal including professional development, if available
    • Evidence of leadership and management potential, including evidence of most recent accomplishments in the area of educational leadership and/or student achievement
    • Summary of candidate’s reasons for pursuing certification in Instructional Leadership and Administration
    • Summary of candidate’s expectations from the preparation program
    • Supplemental Experience Form (Form 125.14)
    • Curriculum vitae
  4. Pass an interview conducted by the Program Admission Committee
  5. Pass a written assessment
  6. Successful completion of a criminal background check/fingerprinting.
Required Courses: (19 SH)
ILA 6603
3
Tools for Managing Educational Resources
ILA 6611
3
Community Relationships
ILA 6613
3
Legal Dimensions of Education
ILA 6633
3
Instructional Leadership
ILA 6643
3
Human Resources Administration
ILA 6663
3
Practicum I
ILA 6664
3
Practicum II
School Counseling
48 sh
Location: Dothan, Montgomery, Phenix City, Troy

Additional admissions requirements, curriculum, and program completion expectations are listed in the Counseling and Psychology section.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION (M.S.ED.)

ALTERNATIVE FIFTH-YEAR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS

Students should consult the General Regulations section of the Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding Graduate School admission requirements, transfer credit, and other critical policies and procedures.

Purpose

The purpose of the Alternative Fifth-Year Program is to provide initial teacher certification programs for individuals holding a baccalaureate level degree in a field other than education or those desiring initial certification in a new teaching field. Candidates shall have acquired knowledge and skill above the level required for the completion of the baccalaureate program in the same discipline, including subject matter knowledge, student development, diversity, instructional strategies, classroom management and learning environment, communication, planning, assessment, professionalism, and collaboration.

The College of Education adopted the model standards for beginning teacher licensure developed by the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) in 2013. These standards are applied throughout the Alternative-Fifth-Year Program.

Troy Global Campus College of Education students must meet all specialized accreditation requirements to be classified as graduates of specialized accredited programs (CAEP, CACREP, and CORE). Up to 12 hours of course work completed at a site/ university without the appropriate specialized accreditation may be considered for application toward program completion. See Transfer Credit section for additional information.

Admission Requirements for Alternative Fifth-Year Program for Teachers

Prior to applying for admission to the Graduate School and the Master of Science Alternative Fifth-Year certification program, individuals must possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a posted minimum cumulative/overall graduating grade point average of 2.5 (Effective July 1, 2017, 2.75 will be required) on the official baccalaureate transcript from the degree granting institution or a 3.0 GPA on a master’s or higher degree transcript. (Students will not be permitted to use additional undergraduate or post degree courses to raise their grade point average.). Effective July 1, 2017 and thereafter, a candidate must earn credit for an ALSDE approved diversity course at the Class A level. if they earned credit for a survey of special education course prior to Unconditional Admission (GTEP).

Admission Status Classification

In order to establish admission status, an individual must be evaluated by the College of Education and the discipline of study to determine prerequisites. Prior to seeking admission to the Graduate School, individuals should make an appointment with the Teacher Education office on the respective campus to have all undergraduate transcript(s) reviewed by the Certification Officer/Alternative-A Evaluation Coordinator. Individuals must bring an official copy of all undergraduate transcripts to the session. The evaluation process may take up to one week to complete.

Note: An individual’s admission to the Graduate School will be determined by the transcript(s) evaluation. Individuals will be classified as a post-baccalaureate student until they have completed all prerequisites.

In addition to completing the undergraduate prerequisite coursework, students should also be working to meet admission criteria for the Graduate Teacher Education Program.

Admission Requirements to the Teacher Education Program (GTEP)

Admission to the Graduate School does not automatically qualify a student for admission to the Graduate Teacher Education Program. Written application to the Graduate Teacher Education Program is required from all students seeking acceptance. In addition to the written application, the following are also required:

  1. A grade of “C” or better in the two English composition courses.
  2. A grade of “C” or better in mathematics courses completed for the baccalaureate degree that is equivalent to the required general studies courses for the teacher education major. If equivalent courses were not completed at the baccalaureate level, these must be completed as prerequisites.
  3. A minimum cumulative/overall graduating grade point average of 2.5 (Effective July 1, 2017, a GPA of 2.75 is required) on the baccalaureate transcript.
  4. A minimum of 2.75 grade point average on (post baccalaureate) prerequisite coursework.
  5. A passing score on all 3 sections of the required Alabama basic skills assessment. (Music students must also receive a passing score on the Basic Music Skills Test.)
  6. Successful completion of an interview.
  7. Completion of a minimum of 12 clock hours of classroom observation/participation.
  8. Successful completion of an impromptu essay.
  9. Successful completion of a criminal background check/fingerprinting.

Students working to complete pre-admission requirements for the Graduate Teacher Education Program are encouraged to work closely with their discipline adviser. This individual will assist in course selection and course sequencing for completion of these requirements.

Information regarding qualification and acceptance into the Graduate Teacher Education Program can also be obtained through the Teacher Education Office on the respective campus.

In addition to the discipline specific pre-requisites, individuals must also complete the Professional Studies prerequisite coursework.

Once all of the prerequisite requirements are met, the individual will be considered for admission into the Master of Science Alternative Fifth-Year certification program.

Internship

All candidates completing the Alternative Fifth-Year initial certification program for teachers must complete a six-semester hour internship in the grade level(s) and academic subject(s) of the certification sought. Instructions regarding qualifications and applications for internship should be obtained from the Office of Teacher Education. Prerequisites for internship include the following:

  1. Admission to the Graduate Teacher Education Program
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 overall on all graduate work attempted. Effective July 1, 2017, a 3.25 will be required
  3. Internship Advisor Approval Form (A)
  4. Completion of all coursework except for Internship Seminar, which is taken in conjunction with internship
  5. Evidence of current First Aid and CPR certifications
  6. Passing Praxis II score in each teaching field area of initial certification
  7. Successful completion of comprehensive exam in the teaching field(s)
  8. Evidence of current professional liability coverage of $1,000,000 minimum.
  9. Completion of any additional requirements mandated by the Alabama State Department of Education.

Courses for the Alternative Fifth-Year Program

Required Core Courses: (18 sh)
EDU 6603 3 Planning for the Classroom
PSY 6631 3 Psychological Foundations of Education
SPE 6630 3 Collaboration for Inclusion
EDU 6691 3 Research Methodology (or approved research course in the discipline)*
EDU 6653 3 Educational Evaluation (or approved evaluation course in the discipline)
EDU 6611 3 Educational Technology in the Curriculum
  Or  
EDU XXX 3 Advisor Approved technology course in the discipline
RED 6670 3 Advanced Study of Literacy
*Must earn a grade of “B” or better.
**Secondary/P12 Interdisciplinary students are required to take the appropriate XXX 4481 Methods and Materials course in the appropriate content area.
     
Select the Appropriate Internship: (6 sh)
ELE 6674 6 Elementary Internship Grades K-6
IED 6655 6 Interdisciplinary Internship Grades P-12
SED 6695 6 Secondary Internship Grades 6-12
SPE 6654 6 Collaborative Internship 6-12
SPE 6655 6 Collaborative Internship K-6
     
Select the Appropriate Internship Seminar (3 sh)
(Co-requisite for internship. Prefix should be consistent with internship.):
___ 5544 3 Internship Seminar

Early Childhood Education (P-3)

Select 15 semester hours of adviser-approved ECE courses. A candidate may not enroll in a 5000 level course if it duplicates the same course listed on an undergraduate transcript. At least eight semester hours of teaching field courses must be at the 6000 level.

Elementary Education
(Grades K-6) 45 Semester Hours

Required Core Courses: (30 sh)
Teaching Field: (15 sh)
Select 15 semester hours of adviser-approved ELE courses. A candidate may not enroll in a 5000 level course if it duplicates the same course listed on an undergraduate transcript. At least eight semester hours of teaching field courses must be at the 6000 level.


Collaborative Teacher
(Grades K-6) 45 sh
Required Core Courses: (21 sh)
EDU 6603 3 Planning for the Classroom
PSY 6631 3 Psychological foundations of Education
EDU 6691 3 Research Methodology* (or Adviser Approved research course in the discipline)
SPE 6631 3 Legal Issues in Special Education
EDU 6611 3 Educational Technology in the Curriculum
EDU 6653 3 Educational Evaluation
RED 6670 3 Advanced Study of Literacy
*Must earn a grade of “B” or better.
     
Teaching Field: (15 sh)
SPE 6630 3 Collaboration for Inclusion
SPE 6614 3 Adaptive Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild Disabilities K-6
SPE 6615 3 Adaptive Teaching Strategies for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities K-6
SPE 6616 3 Teaching Students with Emotional/Social Needs
RED 6675 3 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Populations
     
Internship & Internship Seminar: (9 sh)
SPE 5544 3 Internship Seminar
SPE 6655 3 Collaborative Internship K-6
     
Survey of Special Education Coursework (Required if not previously completed)
Note: In addition to the required core, a survey course in special education is required unless previously completed at the undergraduate and graduate level. After July 1, 2017, a special education course must be at the graduate level.

Collaborative Teacher
(Grades 6-12) 45 sh
Required Core Courses (21 sh)
PSY 6631 3 Psychological Foundations of Education
EDU 6603 3 Planning for the Classroom
EDU 6611 3 Educational Technology in the Curriculum
EDU 6691 3 Research Methodology (or Adviser Approved research course in discipline)*
SPE 6631 3 Legal Issues in Special Education
EDU 6653 3 Educational Evaluation
RED 6670 3 Advanced Study of Literacy
*Must earn a grade of "B" or better
     
Teaching Field : (15 sh)
SPE 6630 3 Collaboration for Inclusion
SPE 6609 3 Content Enhancement
SPE 6620 3 Service Delivery Models for Multiple Disabilities
SPE 6616 3 Teaching Students with Emotional/Social Needs
RED 6674 3 Literacy in the Content Area Grades 6-12
     
Internship & Internship Seminar: (9 sh)
SPE 5544 3 Internship Seminar
SPE 6654 6 Collaborative Internship 6-12
     
Note: In addition to the required core, a survey course in special education is required unless previously completed at the undergraduate and graduate level. After July 1, 2017, a special education course must be at the graduate level.
 
Secondary Education
(Grades 6-12) 45 sh
Dothan: History, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science
Troy: Biology, History, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science, General Science

Required Core Courses: (30 sh)
Teaching Field: (15 sh)
Select 15 semester hours of adviser-approved courses specific to the discipline. A candidate may not enroll in a 5000-level course if it duplicates the same course listed on an undergraduate transcript. At least eight semester hours of teaching field courses must be at the 6000 level. Candidates should consult their academic adviser regarding any specific course requirements in the teaching field. Comprehensive degree programs require course-work in multiple disciplines.

For certification recommendation in English Language Arts an applicant must have earned credit 12 semester hours of adviser approved courses in two of the following areas: English, journalism, speech, drama (theatre). Additionally, must have earned 3 semester hours in language or composition study.

For certification recommendation in General Social Science an applicant must have earned credit in two of the following areas: economics, geography, history, political science, and social science.

For certification recommendation in General Science an applicant must have earned credit in two of the following areas: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics.

Interdisciplinary Education
(Grades P-12) 45 sh

Alternative Fifth-Year certification programs are offered in the following elementary/secondary (grades P-12) areas: Art, Instrumental Music Choral Music, and Physical Education.

Required Core Courses: (30 sh)
Teaching Field: (15 sh)

For art, students should select 12 semester hours of adviser approved courses in art, and ART 6622 (3) Seminar in Art Education. For music education, students should select 10 hours of advisor-approved courses in music, MUS 6696 Practicum (2), and MUS 6638 Literature Analysis (3) to meet the Teaching Field course requirements.

Students in other interdisciplinary areas should select 15 semester hours of adviser-approved courses specific to the discipline. A candidate may not enroll in a 5000-level course if it duplicates the same course listed on an undergraduate transcript. At least eight semester hours of teaching field courses must be at the 6000 level. Candidates should consult their academic adviser regarding any specific course requirements in the teaching field.

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