Alternative Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Alt. M.Ed.

The Alternative Master of Education (Alt. M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education is a 42-hour program that prepares individuals holding a B.S. to teach in prekindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms. Upon completion of the program and accompanying tests, students are eligible for the Class A Professional Early Childhood Education (P-3) certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.      When does the Alt. Masters of Education program begin?

Students are admitted into the program every semester (Spring, Summer, and Fall).

2.      How long does the program take to complete?

The program is 42 credit hours (14 courses. Courses are readily available every semester allowing students to take a full load (9 hrs) without difficulty. The amount of time to complete the program depends upon how many courses are taken each semester. Students taking a full load (9 hours a semester) can expect to finish in 5-6 semesters while those who are working or have other responsibilities along with school may take a bit longer.

3.     Will I be able to keep working while taking classes?

All of the courses (except practicum and student teaching) are offered either online or in the evenings. As a result, most students are able to maintain full-time employment until their final semester of student teaching.

Course of Study 



  • A grade-point average of at least 2.75 (A=4.0) documented on the official transcript from the degree-granting regionally accredited institution.
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate introductory reading course, such as EDU 330 Foundations of Reading Instruction or an equivalent course.
  • Satisfactory performance on the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests (Core). Information and registration for the Core (formerly Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program - AECPT) are available at
  • Passing score on Early Childhood Education Praxis II (Test Code 5025). Praxis II requirements are subject to change as dictated by the ALSDE.  See for current ALSDE requirements.
  • Clear Alabama State Department of Education background check. Information and registration for the ALSDE background check and fingerprinting sites are available at
  • Graduate School admission requirements.


(Application will be considered incomplete until all items are received.)

  • The Application for Admission to the Graduate School. 

Application and all supporting documents must be received prior to the semester of entry deadline.  Application and semester deadlines are available at

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended since high school, regardless of whether credit was earned.
  •  Two recommendation forms attesting to your scholarship and/or professional abilities.
  • Two page narrative on your career goals and purpose for graduate study.

Faculty Advisor:            

Dr. Rebecca Giles

Ph: (251) 380-2899