In addition to the requirements for any applicant to our programs, the College of Education has specific requirements for teacher candidates.  Because such requirements do shift regularly (and are outside UAH’s control), students are advised to confirm with the Education Program that they meet the current requirements. However, at this time, students admitted to any of the programs that include teacher certification must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5. Such students have additional requirements as follows:

If you have a B.A. in English, you will still need to have met other distribution requirements, meaning you should have graduate or undergraduate coursework in at least two other areas: Journalism, Media, and/or Theatre. Such courses can be taken at UAH alongside your M.A. program if they were not part of your original B.A. degree.  You may wish to have the Director of Graduate School look at an unofficial version of your transcript for the B.A. to identify which courses might still be lacking.

If you have a B.A. in a discipline other than English, you will need to have taken 32 hours of English overall (under the auspices of an English department specifically), with 19 hours in upper-level English courses (300 or above). You may take those courses while enrolled at UAH, but may not enroll in any Education coursework until you’ve met those requirements. You will then be expected to meet all other requirements listed above for English majors.

As an alternative, you can demonstrate a passing score on the Praxis II exam. Please consult with the Education Department at UAH for additional information on the Praxis alternative.