Secondary Education Alternative M.Ed.

Alternative Master of Education (Alt. M.Ed.)

The Alternative Master of Education (Alt. M.Ed.) is a 42-hour program that prepares those individuals who do not have a prior background or teaching certificate in education, but hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a related content field in English Language Arts, Social Studies, General Science, Spanish, French, German, or Mathematics.  Many of the courses are offered online or with options for meeting online or on campus. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the Class A, 6-12 Certificate for their content area. 

Art Education Alt. M.Ed. Course of Study

General Science Alt. M.Ed. Course of Study

Mathematics Alt. M.Ed. Course of Study

Language Arts Alt. M.Ed. Course of Study

Social Studies Alt. M.Ed. Course of Study

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Alt. M.Ed. Course of Study

Spanish Alt. M.Ed. Course of Study

French Alt. M.Ed. Course of Study

German Alt. M.Ed. Course of Study

Frequently Asked Questions

Students are admitted into the program every semester (Spring, Summer, and Fall).
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.
While some classes are online, this is not an online degree. Courses in Arts and Sciences are often NOT offered online; however, they are offered evenings. Two courses require field experiences that take place during the weekday.

Art Education, Mathematics, and Foreign Language Education (P-12) -French, Spanish or German- Alt. M.Ed.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) overall of 2.75 or a master's or higher degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. This GPA must be documented on the official transcript of the regionally accredited, degree granting institution and must be the GPA that was used as the basis for granting the degree, not a GPA that includes post-degree course.
    Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended must be mailed to:
    University of South Alabama Transcript Processing Center
    P.O. Box 9218
    Watertown, MA 02471
    (Note: Students who attended and/or graduated from the University of South Alabama are not required to submit a USA transcript.)
  2. Passing score on all three parts of the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests. https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed
  3. Clear Alabama State Department of Education background check.
    Registration: https://www.aps.gemalto.com/al/indexNew.htm
    Verification: https://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/pages/SearchCerts.aspx
  4. Option 1: Passing score on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment: https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed
    Option 2: An academic major in the teaching field or, if an academic major is not on the official transcript, 32 semester hours of credit appropriate to the teaching field including at least 19 semester hours of upper-division credit.
  5. Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study. (Upload document within application.)

To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.


General Science, Social Studies, and Language Art Alt. M.Ed.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) overall of 2.75 or a master's or higher degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. This GPA must be documented on the official transcript of the regionally accredited, degree granting institution and must be the GPA that was used as the basis for granting the degree, not a GPA that includes post-degree course.
    Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended must be mailed to:
    University of South Alabama Transcript Processing Center
    P.O. Box 9218
    Watertown, MA 02471
    (Note: Students who attended and/or graduated from the University of South Alabama are not required to submit a USA transcript.)
  2. Passing score on all three parts of the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests. https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed
  3. Clear Alabama State Department of Education background check.
    Registration: https://www.aps.gemalto.com/al/indexNew.htm
    Verification: https://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/pages/SearchCerts.aspx
  4. Option 1: Passing score on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment: https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed
    Option 2: An academic major in the teaching field or, if an academic major is not on the official transcript, 32 semester hours of credit appropriate to the teaching field including at least 19 semester hours of upper-division credit.
    Note:
    • General Science applicant's coursework must include courses in biology, chemistry, Earth or space science, and physics.
    • Social Studies applicant's coursework must include courses  in economics, geography, history, and political science.
    • Language Arts applicant's coursework must include courses in literature, grammar, reading skills, writing, speech, theatre, and print or broadcast journalism.
  5. Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study. (Upload document within application.)

To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.


English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Alt M.Ed.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) overall of 2.75 or a master's or higher degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. This GPA must be documented on the official transcript of the regionally accredited, degree granting institution and must be the GPA that was used as the basis for granting the degree, not a GPA that includes post-degree course.
    Official Transcripts from all university, college, and post-secondary institutions you attended must be mailed to:
    University of South Alabama Transcript Processing Center
    P.O. Box 9218
    Watertown, MA 02471
    (Note: Students who attended and/or graduated from the University of South Alabama are not required to submit a USA transcript.)
  2. Passing score on all three parts of the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests. https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed
  3. Clear Alabama State Department of Education background check.
    Registration: https://www.aps.gemalto.com/al/indexNew.htm
    Verification: https://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/pages/SearchCerts.aspx
  4. Option 1: Passing score on the appropriate Praxis subject assessment: https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed
    Option 2: An academic major in English, Reading, or Foreign Language or an academic major in Communications with 19 hours in upper-division in English, Reading, or Foreign Languages; or 32 semester hours/19 in  upper-division in English, Reading, or Foreign Languages.
  5. Personal statement on applicant's career goals and purpose for graduate study. (Upload document within application.)

To apply - click here to get to the Admissions login page.


Academic Advisors:

Susan Ferguson Martin, Ph.D.
ESOL, English Language Arts, Foreign Languages
Ph: (251) 380-2797
ferguson@southalabama.edu

Christopher Parrish, Ph.D.
Math
Ph: (251) 461-1941
parrish@southalabama.edu

Susan Santoli, Ph.D.
Social Studies
Ph: (251) 380-2836
ssantoli@southalabama.edu

Katie Guffey, Ph.D.
Science
Ph: (251) 380-2853
skguffey@southalabama.edu