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Master of Education with a Concentration in Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Certified and Non-Certified Educators

What you need to know to choose the path that’s right for you.

A career in Education is a noble choice, one that affords you the ability to help shape tomorrow’s leaders, making an impact on the future of the world. If you are an early childhood or elementary education professional, you already know how important your role is in shaping young minds.

Pursuing studies in Education can not only help you gain a more advanced knowledge of today’s pedagogical best practices but also provide you with the opportunity to gain new skills, enhance your instructional capabilities, and prepare you to take on the next generation of learners.

At Alabama State University, our Master of Education features two different curriculums: Early Childhood, which is designed for educators interested in working with children from pre-kindergarten through third grade, and Elementary Education, designed for those wishing to work with students in primary grades. Each program offers the option of a non-certification or certification path and choosing which one is right for you depends on your career goals.

Certification: the path to becoming one of Alabama’s many great teachers

While requirements vary state-by-state, educator certification is a standard that is mandatory throughout the United States, and in most states, a Bachelor’s degree as well as a teacher education program is required. In Alabama, teaching certification earned at the Bachelor level is called “B level” and an Alabama B level teaching certificate is an admission requirement for those applying for the certification option of the online M.Ed. program. Through our Master of Education certification option, you’ll have the opportunity to earn your advanced degree in your desired field and gain Alabama State “A Level” certification as well.

Non-certification: contributing to education through guidance, organization, and leadership

At Alabama State University, we recognize that not all those interested in a career in education wish to have a role in the classroom and for that reason, we also offer a Master of Education without certification.

Our non-certification Master of Education option provides the same robust curriculum choices as our certification path and benefits those seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills or take on an administrative position like Director, Assistant Principal or Principal, as well as those who are interested in a career as a guidance counselor, a media specialist or other non-instructor role in Early Childhood or Elementary Education. Therefore, B level and/or any other teaching certification is not a requirement for admission into this option. Likewise, no certification results from completion of this degree.

The need for highly qualified teachers and education professionals continues to increase with every passing year. Earning a postgraduate degree, with or without certification, affords you the opportunity to take on new roles and responsibilities, whether you are a teacher or an administrator, or you simply want enhance your skills and knowledge to enrich your experience and the experience of every student with whom you work.. Our online program is designed to give you the flexibility you need to earn your Master of Education while continuing to work. Delivered 100% online and providing state-of-the-art technology and tools, the program can be completed in as little as 21 months. Contact us to apply or to find out more information.


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Alabama State University, founded in 1867, is a widely respected world-class institution of higher learning. We offer nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, from our historic teacher education program to our new, high-demand programs in health sciences.


915 S. Jackson Street
Montgomery, AL 36104

Next Start

May 28, 2019

Application Priority Date

March 15, 2019