High School Education

UAB's High School Education program prepares pre-service and in-service teachers for teaching in both Middle School and High School. This secondary education program offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.).

UAB's High School Education program embodies a three-fold purpose. Its first purpose is to prepare educators in meeting the evolving needs of learners, primarily in grades 6-12, within today's rapidly changing society. Based on constructivism, its second purpose is to deliver cutting-edge instruction through a standards-based, inquiry-focused approach that prepares 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 Canvas with a variety of delivery formats:

  • blended courses (online & face-to-face evenings)
  • professional learning communities
  • flexible summer programming
  • totally online platforms
  • Saturday classes

These purposes are expanded and enhanced by the Ed.S. program. This advanced degree offers standards-based concentrations within discipline areas. It infuses an inquiry-focused teacher leader approach that prepares teachers for assuming leadership roles in curriculum development and instructional delivery. It also provides experienced teachers with collaborative skills to serve as reflective practitioners in guiding school change as well as with mentoring techniques to positively impact student achievement and school improvement.

Prospective students should contact the Program Director, Dr. Susan Spezzini, at spezzini@uab.edu (205-934-8357).

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.

Master of Arts in Education in High School Education Traditional Master's Program

The M.A.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours for the High School Education program (i.e., Secondary Education) with concentrations in Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, English Language Arts, General Social Science, and History. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required.

RequirementsHours
All Concentrations
EHS 651Innovative Practices in Teaching in Secondary School3
EDC 655Curriculum Principles and Practices3
EDC 706The Dynamics of Educational Change3
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
ALSDE-approved Diversity course 3
Urban Education
Critical Social Issues in American Education
Advisor-approved Elective in Diversity
Advisor-approved Elective 3
Seminar on Current Issues: Measurement/Eval School
600+ level Education course
500+ level course in Teaching Field
Total Hours18
1

 May not be required if previously completed

Concentration in Biology, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Biology courses at 500+ level12
EHS 615Advanced Methods: Science, 6-143
Total Hours15

Concentration in Chemistry, 6-12 

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Chemistry courses at 500+ level12
EHS 615Advanced Methods: Science, 6-143
Total Hours15

Concentration in General Science, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Science courses at 500+ level12
EHS 615Advanced Methods: Science, 6-143
Total Hours15

Concentration in Mathematics, 6-12 

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Mathematics courses at 500+ level12
EHS 616Advanced Methods: Mathematics, 6-143
Total Hours15

Concentration in Physics, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Physics courses at 500+ level12
EHS 615Advanced Methods: Science, 6-143
Total Hours15

Concentration in English Language Arts, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved courses at the 500+ level in English and another ELA field12
EHS 612Advanced Methods: English Language Arts, 6-143
Total Hours15

Concentration in General Social Science, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved courses at the 500+ level in 2 or more Social Science disciplines12
EHS 614Advanced Methods: Social Sciences, 6-143
Total Hours15

Concentration in History, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved History courses at the 500+ level12
EHS 614Advanced Methods: Social Sciences, 6-143
Total Hours15

Master of Art in Education in High School Education Fifth Year Alternative Master's Program

The M.A.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 43 credit hours for the Fifth Year Alternative Master's program in High School Education (i.e., Secondary Education) with concentrations in Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, English Language Arts, General Social Science, and History. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required.

RequirementsHours
All Concentrations
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
EDR 551Reading in Content Areas3
EDU 500Education as a Profession1
EHS 530Practicum1
EHS 556Classroom Mgt in Sec Schools3
EHS 570Practicum II1
EHS 597Special Problems in Education3
EHS 690Intern Seminar in Sec Edu1
EHS 691Secondary School Internship6
EPR 511Measurement and Evaluation in Education Secondary Ed3
Total Hours25
1

 May not be required if previously completed

Concentration in Biology, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Biology courses at the 500+ level12
EHS 537Methods I: Science, 6-123
EHS 567Methods II: Science, 6-123
Total Hours18

Concentration in Chemistry, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Chemistry courses at the 500+ level12
EHS 537Methods I: Science, 6-123
EHS 567Methods II: Science, 6-123
Total Hours18

Concentration in General Science, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved 500+ level courses in two (2) Science Disciplines12
EHS 537Methods I: Science, 6-123
EHS 567Methods II: Science, 6-123
Total Hours18

Concentration in Mathematics, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Mathematics courses at 500+ level12
EHS 535Methods I Mathematics 6-123
EHS 565Methods II: Mathematics, 6-123
Total Hours18

Concentration in Physics, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Physics at 500+ level12
EHS 537Methods I: Science, 6-123
EHS 567Methods II: Science, 6-123
Total Hours18

Concentration in English Language Arts, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved at the 500+ level in English and another ELA field12
EHS 536Methods I: English Language Arts, 6-123
EHS 566Methods II: English Language Arts, 6-123
Total Hours18

Concentration in General Social Science, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Courses in 2 or more 500+ level Social Science Disciplines12
EHS 538Methods I: Social Science, 6-123
EHS 568Methods II: Social Science, 6-123
Total Hours18

Concentration in History, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved History courses at the 500+ level12
EHS 538Methods I: Social Science, 6-123
EHS 568Methods II: Social Science, 6-123
Total Hours18

Master of Arts in Education High School Education Concentrations in French and Spanish Traditional Master's Program

The M.A.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours for the Traditional Master's program in High School Education (i.e., Secondary Education) with concentrations in French and Spanish. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required.

RequirementsHours
EESL 610Second Language Acquisition3
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
EHS 611Advanced Methods: World Languages3
EESL 625Phonology for Second Language Teachers3
EESL 640Teaching New Languages Through Reading and Writing3
Advisor-approved 500+ level French/Spanish or 600+ level Education course3
1

 May not be required if previously completed

Concentration in French

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved 500+level French courses12
Practicum or Field Experience3
Study Abroad
Individual Studies
Field Study
Field Studies (Selected Educational Settings)
Total Hours15

Concentration in Spanish

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved 500+level Spanish courses12
Practicum or Field Experience3
Study Abroad
Independent Studies
Field Study
Field Studies (Selected Educational Settings)
Total Hours15

Master of Arts in Education High School Education with Concentrations in French and Spanish Fifth Year Alternative Master's Program

The M.A.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 44 credit hours for the Fifth Year Alternative Master's program in High School Education (i.e., Secondary Education) with concentrations in French and Spanish. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required.

RequirementsHours
EHS 539Methods I: World Languages3
EHS 569Methods II: World Languages3
EHS 597Special Problems in Education3
or EESL 513 Teaching ESL in a Multicultural Society
EESL 540Teaching New Languages Through Reading and Writing3
EDU 500Education as a Profession1
EHS 556Classroom Mgt in Sec Schools3
EPR 510Measurement and Evaluation in Education ECE3
or EPR 511 Measurement and Evaluation in Education Secondary Ed
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
EHS 690Intern Seminar in Sec Edu1
EESL 510Second Language Acquisition3
Total Hours26
1

 May not be required if previously completed

Concentration in French

RequirementsHours
French courses at the 500+ level12
EFL 691N-12 Foreign Language Internship6
Total Hours18

Concentration in Spanish

RequirementsHours
Spanish courses at the 500+ level12
EFL 691N-12 Foreign Language Internship6
Total Hours18

Educational Specialist in High School Education - Traditional Master's Program

The Ed.S. degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours for the High School Education program (i.e., Secondary Education) with concentrations in Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, English Language Arts, General Social Science, and History. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required.

RequirementsHours
All Concentrations
EDC 707Introduction to Teacher Leadership3
EDC 711Analysis and Evaluation of Teaching3
EDC 720Problems and Issues in Education3
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
EPR 596Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Educational Research3
EHS 720Individual Research in Education3
or EHS 680 National Board Seminar for Secondary Education
Advisor-approved Elective 3
Special Topics in Education
600+ level Education course
500+ level course in Teaching Field
Total Hours21
1

 May not be required if previously completed

Concentration in Biology, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Biology courses at 500+ level12
Total Hours12

Concentration in Chemistry, 6-12 

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Chemistry courses at 500+ level12
Total Hours12

Concentration in General Science, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Science courses at 500+ level12
Total Hours12

Concentration in Mathematics, 6-12 

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Mathematics courses at 500+ level12
Total Hours12

Concentration in Physics, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved Physics courses at 500+ level12
Total Hours12

Concentration in English Language Arts, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved courses at the 500+ level in English and another ELA field12
Total Hours12

Concentration in General Social Science, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved courses at the 500+ level in 2 or more Social Science disciplines12
Total Hours12

Concentration in History, 6-12

RequirementsHours
Advisor-approved History courses at the 500+ level12
Total Hours12

Courses

EHS 530. Practicum. 1 Hour.

Field experience in school-based setting. Admission to Alternative Master's Program required.
Prerequisites: EDU 500 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

EHS 535. Methods I Mathematics 6-12. 3 Hours.

Introduction to teaching mathematics in secondary school settings. Developing basic skills in planning, instruction, and assessment. Supervision fee.
Prerequisites: EDU 500 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

EHS 536. Methods I: English Language Arts, 6-12. 3 Hours.

Introduction to teaching English language arts in secondary school settings. Developing basic skills in planning, instruction, and assessment. Field supervision fee.

EHS 537. Methods I: Science, 6-12. 3 Hours.

Introduction to teaching science in secondary school settings. Developing basic skills in planning, instruction, and assessment. Admission to Alternative Master's Program required. Field supervision fee.

EHS 538. Methods I: Social Science, 6-12. 3 Hours.

Introduction to teaching the social sciences in secondary school settings. Developing basic skills in planning, instruction, and assessment. Supervision fee.

EHS 539. Methods I: World Languages. 3 Hours.

Introduction to teaching world languages in school settings. Developing basic skills in planning, instruction, and assessment. Admission to Alternative Master's Program required. Supervision fee.
Prerequisites: EDU 500 [Min Grade: C]

EHS 556. Classroom Mgt in Sec Schools. 3 Hours.

Designed to help teachers build their own personal system of discipline, consonant with their philosophies and personalities as well as with realities of students and schools. Emphasis on successful classroom management techniques.

EHS 558. Science Technology and Society. 3 Hours.

Explores nature of momentous changes: origin, current status, and future direction. Emphasis on role of educational community in helping young people to better understand and deal with various issues raised.

EHS 565. Methods II: Mathematics, 6-12. 3 Hours.

Preparation to plan, teach and assess mathematics in secondary school settings: making informed decisions about context, learners, learner differences, teaching strategies, methodologies, curricula, and assessment.
Prerequisites: EHS 535 [Min Grade: C]

EHS 566. Methods II: English Language Arts, 6-12. 3 Hours.

Preparation to plan, teach and assess English language arts in secondary school settings: making informed decisions about context, learners, learner differences, teaching strategies, methodologies, curricula, and assessment.
Prerequisites: EHS 536 [Min Grade: C]

EHS 567. Methods II: Science, 6-12. 3 Hours.

Preparation to plan, teach and assess science in secondary school settings: making informed decisions about context, learners, learner differences, teaching strategies, methodologies, curricula, and assessment.
Prerequisites: EHS 537 [Min Grade: C]

EHS 568. Methods II: Social Science, 6-12. 3 Hours.

Preparation to plan, teach and assess social science in secondary school settings: making informed decisions about context, learners, learner differences, teaching strategies, methodologies, curricula, and assessment.
Prerequisites: EHS 538 [Min Grade: C]

EHS 569. Methods II: World Languages. 3 Hours.

Preparation to plan, teach and assess world languages in school settings: making informed decisions about context, learners, learner differences, teaching strategies, methodologies, curricula, and assessment.
Prerequisites: EHS 539 [Min Grade: C]

EHS 570. Practicum II. 1 Hour.

Field experience in school-based setting.

EHS 571. Special Education Accommodation/Modification Lab. 1 Hour.

Problems and issues in special education and the regular classroom.

EHS 597. Special Problems in Education. 3 Hours.

Seminar for seniors and graduate students; individualized readings and research projects based on student's special interests. May be repeated for total of 6 hours. Field Supervision Fee.

EHS 599. Field Studies in (Selected Educational Settings). 1-3 Hour.

Field visits to locations of high educational impact, preceded by organized group meetings to develop background and concepts on which visits will be based; summation meetings follow visits. Individual projects and papers prescribed as appropriate. Credit determined by complexity of area or topic under study and necessary length of time rather than by distance involved. Cost for travel and other related arrangements to be announced for each study group.

EHS 600. Secondary Education Curriculum and Methods I. 3 Hours.

Introductory course in Alternative Masters Program for secondary school education. Developing basic teaching skills and understanding of interdependence among all levels within school and community. Course requires 40 hours of field experiences beyond class meetings.

EHS 611. Advanced Methods: World Languages. 3 Hours.

Advanced methods for teaching world languages. Includes curriculum development, classroom interaction, pedagogical activities, technology applications, source materials, current research, society issues, and cognitive development of students. Current classroom teaching required.
Prerequisites: EHS 600 [Min Grade: C]

EHS 612. Advanced Methods: English Language Arts, 6-14. 3 Hours.

Advanced methods for teaching English language arts in grades 6-14. Includes curriculum development, classroom interaction, pedagogical activities, technology applications, source materials, current research, society issues, and cognitive development of students. Current classroom teaching required.

EHS 614. Advanced Methods: Social Sciences, 6-14. 3 Hours.

Advanced methods for teaching the social sciences in grades 6-14. Includes curriculum development, classroom interaction, pedagogical activities, technology applications, source materials, current research, society issues, and cognitive development of students. Current classroom teaching required.

EHS 615. Advanced Methods: Science, 6-14. 3 Hours.

Advanced methods for teaching science in grades 6-14. Includes curriculum development, classroom interaction, pedagogical activities, technology applications, source materials, current research, society issues, and cognitive development of students. Current classroom teaching required.

EHS 616. Advanced Methods: Mathematics, 6-14. 3 Hours.

Advanced methods for teaching mathematics in grades 6-14. Includes curriculum development, classroom interaction, pedagogical activities, technology applications, source materials, current research, society issues, and cognitive development of students. Current classroom teaching required.
Prerequisites: EHS 565 [Min Grade: C]

EHS 644. Workshop in Teaching. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

EHS 645. Inquiry in the Social Studies. 3 Hours.

Inquiry and discovery techniques through use of simulation, games, role playing, and other group activities. Social studies projects, programs, and materials.

EHS 647. Secondary School Programs. 3 Hours.

Innovations, programs, and classroom practices; forces leading to recent trends.

EHS 650. Teaching the Emerging Adolescent. 3 Hours.

Curriculum, materials, and methods of instruction reflecting needs and characteristics of age group.

EHS 651. Innovative Practices in Teaching in Secondary School. 3 Hours.

Innovative practices in planning, instructing, and evaluating high school area studies. May be repeated if taken in different areas of study.

EHS 653. Current Issues in Secondary Education. 3 Hours.

Critical problems affecting teacher and curriculum in grades 6-14.

EHS 680. National Board Seminar for Secondary Education. 3 Hours.

Course involves 18 Saturday seminars during the school year to prepare teachers for National Board Candidacy and to support candidates as they go through the certification process. Students enrolled in this course may be either pre-candidates or candidates for National Board Certification.

EHS 681. Special Topics in Education. 1-6 Hour.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

EHS 690. Intern Seminar in Sec Edu. 1-3 Hour.

Observation and teaching in secondary school (15 weeks minimum). Includes attendance at a weekly seminar on campus. Unconditional acceptance in Alternative Master's Program and approval of application for internship required.

EHS 691. Secondary School Internship. 3-9 Hours.

Observation and teaching in secondary school (15 weeks minimum). Includes attendance at a weekly seminar on campus. Prerequisites: Unconditional acceptance in 5th-Year Program and approval of application for internship.

EHS 692. Field Studies (Selected Educational Settings). 1-3 Hour.

Field Studies.

EHS 693. Advanced Field Experience. 3 Hours.

Field Studies.

EHS 695. Secondary School Internship Speech Comm/Theatre. 6 Hours.

Observation and teaching in secondary school (10 weeks or 300 clock hours minimum). Students also attend minimum of five 3-hour seminars designed to meet specific needs. Prerequisites: Unconditional acceptance in 5th-Year Program, completion of graduate methods course 9 hours in certification area, at least 9 hours in professional in addition to methods course, and approval of application for internship.

EHS 697. Individual Readings in Education. 1-3 Hour.

May be repeated for total of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of advisor and instructor.

EHS 698. Individual Research in Education. 1-6 Hour.

Research Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

EHS 699. Thesis Research. 6-9 Hours.

Thesis Research. Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy and permission of instructor.
Prerequisites: GAC M

EHS 710. Creative Teaching in Secondary School. 1-3 Hour.

Advanced methods and materials for teaching grades.

EHS 720. Individual Research in Education. 3-6 Hours.

Research Prerequisites: Master's degree and permission of instructor.