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The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) in Educational Studies is a master's level degree without state-issued teacher certification for education-related employment that does not require certification. This program promotes UAB’s mission by providing support for the teaching and application of knowledge at the campus, state, regional, and global levels.

Current and future educators who have a completed undergraduate degree, but no need for state-issued educator certification, can prepare to seek meaningful employment within the field of education, mainly as teachers or coordinators in private schools or other educational entities. Overseas employment opportunities are available to international students who pursue this Educational Studies Master's Degree as current or future educators for career advancement in their own countries. This master’s degree is not associated with state certification.

The program consists of a 30-hour curriculum. Students must take one course from each of these five areas:

  • Curriculum Design / Program Implementation / Methods
  • Assessment and Measurement
  • Diverse Populations
  • Special Education
  • Core / Practicum / Capstone.
This program also consists of a concentration (12 credit hours) and an elective (3 credit hours). For their concentration, students select from the following five options: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, and Physical Education. This degree program facilitates the type of flexibility needed by graduate students to focus their coursework in a way that is most beneficial to them professionally and to their respective constituencies. These concentrations prepare educators for designing educational programs and delivering instruction in diverse settings that do not require state-issued educator certification.

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