Elementary Education

UAB's Elementary Education program (M.A.Ed., Ed.S.) embodies a three-fold purpose. Its first purpose is to train educators in meeting the evolving needs of learners, primarily in grades P-6, within today’s rapidly changing society. Its second purpose is to deliver cutting-edge instruction through a standards-based, inquiry-focused approach. Based on constructivism, this approach prepares prospective and experienced educators to use state-of-the-art instructional strategies in their own classrooms. Its third purpose is to ensure that a quality program is available to pre-service and in-service teachers who may be unable to attend class during traditional class hours. This program is unique in how it combines online support from the learning management system (i.e. Canvas) with a variety of delivery formats:

  • blended courses (online alternating with face-to-face)
  • professional learning communities
  • flexible summer programming
  • internships and practicums
  • totally online platforms
  • Saturday classes

These purposes are expanded through the Ed.S. program. This advanced degree program infuses an inquiry-focused approach that prepares teachers for assuming leadership roles in curriculum development and instructional delivery. It also provides experienced teachers with collaborative skills and mentoring techniques for serving as reflective practitioners to guide change and positively impact student achievement and school improvement. Teachers with Class A certification can pursue EdS-level certification in elementary education.

For detailed information regarding admission requirements for the School of Education graduate programs, please visit the Admissions Requirements website at https://www.uab.edu/education/studentservices/admission-requirements.

Courses

ELE 620. Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School. 3 Hours.

Issues and approaches in elementary mathematics; research and implementation for instruction.
Prerequisites: EEC 600 [Min Grade: C] and EEC 660 [Min Grade: C]

ELE 621. Teaching Language Arts in Elementary School. 3 Hours.

Issues and approaches in teaching elementary school language arts. Implications of research for instruction.
Prerequisites: EEC 600 [Min Grade: C] and EEC 660 [Min Grade: C]

ELE 622. Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School. 3 Hours.

Function and organization of social studies programs in elementary schools. Selection and adaptation of content, resources, teaching materials, and strategies and methods. Emphasis on current trends.
Prerequisites: EEC 600 [Min Grade: C] and EEC 660 [Min Grade: C]

ELE 623. Teaching Science in Elementary School. 3 Hours.

Issues and approaches in elementary science. Implications of research for instruction.
Prerequisites: EEC 600 [Min Grade: C] and EEC 660 [Min Grade: C]

ELE 624. The Elementary School. 3 Hours.

Organizational patterns in American elementary schools.

ELE 690. Practicum in Elementary Education. 3-6 Hours.

Practicum Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ELE 691. Internship in Elementary Education. 3-9 Hours.

Full-time internship as elementary education teacher for 10 weeks (300 clock hours). Responsibility as teacher for at least 10 days. 3 or 9 hours.

ELE 692. Practicum Supervision in ELE. 2 Hours.

Supervision of practicum students.

ELE 721. Developing Effective Instruction in Elementary Sch. 3 Hours.

Leadership role of senior teachers; analysis and enhancement of instructional programs; development of teaching staff. Prerequisite: Master's degree.