Educational Leadership

Because admission to these programs is selective, prospective students should contact a departmental advisor to determine specific admission requirements for the degree or certificate in which they are interested. 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/admissions.

The following degrees are offered:  Master's of Art in Education (MAE) in Educational Leadership, leading to Alabama Class A Certification in Instructional Leadership; the Educational Specialist Degree (EdS),  leading to Alabama Class AA Certification in Instructional Leadership (must have Class A in Instructional Leadership first); the Doctorate of Education degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership (must have Ed.S. in Educational or Instructional Leadership to apply). The programs leading to the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) degree in educational leadership are offered at UAB by the joint faculties of UAB and the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). Admission is highly selective and is open every other year. In addition to the Graduate School requirements, a portfolio and writing sample are required by the program.

The Educational Leadership program also offers a  Post Master's Certification (PMC) program as a reduced-hour option leading to Alabama Class A certification in Instructional Leadership for individuals who already hold a master's degree and Class A certification in an instructional or instructional support area, and who have at least three years’ classroom teaching experience.

Additional Information

For detailed information, contact Dr. Keith Gurley, Program Director, Educational Leadership, Department of Human Studies, UAB School of Education, 1720 2nd Avenue South, EB 210B, Birmingham, AL 35294-1250.

Telephone: 205-975-1983
E-mail:   kgurley@uab.edu
Web:  http://www.uab.edu/education/humanstudies/educational-leadership 

Dispositions

Educational Leadership faculty individually review the professional dispositions (behaviors and attitudes) of students within each course in accordance with the School of Education’s policy and procedure.  Additionally, faculty will collectively review student dispositions and overall progress in the program at the end of each semester.  Dispositional areas identified as deficient could result in termination from the program.

Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership

The M.A.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours for the Educational Leadership program. A GPA of 3.25 is required.

RequirementsHours
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
EDL 601Foundations of Instr. Ldrshp3
EDL 602Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp1
EDL 603Data Driven Decision Making3
EDL 604Fld. Exp. in Data Driven Dec.1
EDL 605Residency in Inst. Ledrshp6
EDL 606Supervision/ Ment. Inst. Staff3
EDL 607Fld Exp. in Super / Mentoring1
EDL 608Org. & Financial Mgt3
EDL 609Fld. Exp. in Org & Finc Mgmt1
EDL 610Legal & Ethical Foundations3
EDL 611Fld. Exp. in Legal/Eth Found1
EDL 612Best Prac. Inst. Ldrship3
EDL 613Supervision and Curriculum Development1
Total Hours33
1

 Not required if previously completed

Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership

RequirementsHours
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
EDL 601Foundations of Instr. Ldrshp3
EDL 605Residency in Inst. Ledrshp6
EDL 606Supervision/ Ment. Inst. Staff3
EDL 608Org. & Financial Mgt3
EDL 610Legal & Ethical Foundations3
Total Hours21
1

 Not required if previously completed

Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership

The Ed.S. degree requires a minimum of 35 credit hours for the Educational Leadership program. A GPA of 3.50 is required.

RequirementsHours
EDL 717Leading Change Through Action Research3
EDL 717LField Experience for Leading Change Through Action Research1
EDL 727Leading the Adult Learning Community3
EDL 727LField Experience for Leading the Adult Learning Community1
EDL 718Essential Skills for Organizational Leadership3
EDL 718LField Experience for Essential Skills for Organizational Leadership1
EDL 728Management of the Learning Organization3
EDL 728LField Experience for Management of the Learning Organization1
EDL 731Law, Ethics, and Policy for Educational Leaders3
EDL 731LField Experience for Law, Ethics, and Policy for Educational Leaders1
EDL 732Leadership of Special Programs3
EDL 732LField Experience for Leadership of Special Programs1
EDL 719Mentoring & Coaching Skills for School Leaders3
EDL 719LField Experience for Mentoring & Coaching Skills for School Leaders1
EDF 700Urban Education3
or EDF 702 Critical Social Issues in American Education
EDL 746Practicum in Instructional Leadership 11
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
Total Hours35
1

 Not required if previously completed

Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership

The Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership program requires a minimum of 55 hours. The minimum required GPA is 3.50.

RequirementsHours
AEL 602Advanced Educational Leadership3
AEL 650Organizational Theory3
AEL 671Survey of (the Research on) Instructional Supervision3
EDL 720Field Project in Educational Leadership3
EDL 725Current Issues and Problems in School Administration3
EDL 755Advanced School System Administration3
EDF 708Ethical Dilemmas in Educational Administration3
EDF 720Cult and Amer Educ: Race Class and Gender3
EDL 756Current Legal Problems in Alabama Education3
EPR 596Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Educational Research3
EPR 607Microcomputer Applications to Statistical Analysis1
EPR 608Statistical Methods and Action Research3
EPR 692Introduction to Educational Research Design3
EPR 696Qualitative Research: Inquiry and Analysis3
or EPR 609 Statistical Methods and Research in Education: Intermediate
EDL 799Dissertation Research12
GRD 717Principles of Scientific Integrity 13
Total Hours55
1

 May be replaced with approved substitute