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Graduate Programs of Study

The Master of Education degree and certification in Counselor Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Media, Elementary Education, Health Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

The Alternative Master of Education degree and certification programs for persons who have earned a non-educational baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. An Alternative Master of Education is available with programs in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

The Master of Science degree with majors in Counselor Education, Instructional Design and Development, Health, Exercise Science, and Sport Management.

The Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Design and Development;  an Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Counseling Psychology.

Programs of study leading to the Alabama Class A and Class AA Professional Teaching Certificates are available in appropriate areas.

A limited number of masters and doctoral level graduate assistantships are available.  These awards are coordinated by the Office of Graduate Studies. Students desiring to apply for a graduate assistantship should contact the Office of Graduate Studies or their Academic Department  in order to receive information about assistantship requirements and to obtain an application.

College of Education and Professional Studies Categories of Admission

Each graduate program has specific requirements for admission that may exceed the requirements listed for admission to the Graduate School and the College of Education and Professional Studies. Persons interested in applying for admission to a specific program should consult the appropriate program’s admission requirements which can be found on the Department’s Program Webpage and in the University Bulletin.

Applicants to the College of Education and Professional Studies may be admitted in one of the following categories.

1. Regular Admission – Regular Admission requires the following:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education documented on an official transcript from degree granting institution.
  2. Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended.
  3. A minimal grade-point-average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution.
  4. Recommendation of the appropriate Coordinator/Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and Dean.

2. Provisional Admission – Students who do not meet the requirements for Regular Admission may be admitted to the Provisional Admission category. A student in provisional status will not be allowed to enroll in courses other than those specified by their program of study.

Provisional Admission requires:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education documented on an official transcript from degree granting institution.
  2. Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended.
  3. A minimal grade-point-average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale based on GPA calculated from degree granting institution; or 2.75 GPA based on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework; or a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score at/or above the 50th percentile.
  4. Recommendation of the appropriate Coordinator/Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and Dean.

For a Provisional student to be changed to Regular status, the following are required: 

  1. Provisional students will be eligible for Regular status after accruing a minimum of nine (9) semester hours of course work taken at the University of South Alabama for graduate credit toward degree requirements, provided at least a “B” (3.0) average is maintained in all such work attempted.
  2. No more than 15 semester hours of graduate credit earned as a Provisional Admission student may be approved for change of status to Regular Admission.
  3. The Provisional student who does not have the required “B” (3.0) average upon completing 15 semester hours of graduate credit that is part of the student’s graduate program, that is part of the student’s graduate program, will be dismissed from the graduate program and the Graduate School.

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