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Program at a Glance

Delivery Format – Gadsden

Tuition per Hour – $420

Application Deadline – April 1 – summer cohort, July 1 – fall cohort, November 1 – spring cohort

Number of Credit Hours – 72-75

Fees – $10 graduate College of Education fee (per hour)

Required Entrance – Master’s degree or EdS in relevant field

*Test scores are waived for the Fall 2020 application semesters.


The Master of Arts degree program in Secondary Education is designed for current professionals who are interested in pursuing a degree leading to an Alabama Class “A” Professional Certificate in secondary education. The master’s program places greater emphasis on fostering experienced teachers’ full capacities for reflective decision making as they base their judgments on knowledge of the subjects they teach, general principles of education and development, and their own experiences in instructional settings. The program focuses on the application of knowledge about teaching to instructional practices.

The content areas offered at The University of Alabama Gadsden Center include history, social science composite, general science, biology, math, and English Language Arts.

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Courses for the program are offered weekends, evenings, online, and in a web-assisted format combining face-to-face meetings with online coursework. Students have the option of applying to the main campus program or the program offered at UA’s Gadsden Center. The program consists of 30 credit hours.

Students are required to take the following courses:

  • CSE 530 – Modern Secondary School Programs
  • BER 500 – Introduction to Educational Research
  • Approved BEF Graduate Level Foundations Course (503, 504, 534 are preferred)
  • Teaching Field: 15 semester hours
  • In addition to teaching field courses, please review the state plan of study required by your specialty
  • Electives: Six to nine semester hours approved by advisor

In addition to the required courses, students must pass a comprehensive written examination prior to completion of the program.


To be considered for regular admission to the MA degree program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Alabama Class “B” certification in specified teaching field
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 average for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program, or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • A minimum combined score of 300 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or at least a 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

A completed UA Graduate School application package includes:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from principal/superintendent)
  • A statement of purpose
  • A Graduate School application
  • A valid test score on the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test

Find instructions here on applying to The University of Alabama Graduate School.

Application Deadline:

  • April 1
  • July 1
  • November 1


For questions related to the Gadsden Center, programs, facilities, support, or general inquiries, please contact:
(256) 546-2886 or 1-888-223-4131

For questions related to the program or to Alabama certification:
Pam Logsdon

For questions related to registration:
Donna Pickard