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Admission - MA in Secondary Education (Reading Specialist P-12 Certification)

Admission to the MA program requires the following:

  • Alabama Class B certification or equivalent
  • The Praxis for Teaching Reading (Test Code 5204) is required if certification is in a teaching field other than Elementary, Early Childhood, or Collaborative Special Education (K-6)
  • Two full years of K-12 classroom teaching experience
    • Complete the Supplement EXP form to verify two full years of teaching experience.
    • Send the form to:
      The University of Alabama
      Attention: Dawn Bryant
      College of Education
      Student Services and Certification
      Box 870231
      Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0231
  • Minimum score of 300 on the GRE or 50th percentile on the MAT
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a 3.0 average for the last 60 hours in a degree program

A completed application package includes the following materials:

  • Three letters of recommendation must describe teaching ability and potential for leadership in literacy instruction - submit to both the Graduate School and Dr. Julianne Coleman at
  • Statement of purpose

Additionally, a departmental application and participation in an interview process is required.

How do I apply?