Admission - MA in Educational Leadership
(Instructional Leadership Certification)

Admission to the MA program requires the following:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Current Alabama Class B Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or Class A Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or instructional support area
  • Three years of full-time professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, including one year of full-time P-12 classroom teaching experience
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a 3.0 average for the last 60 hours in a degree program or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • Minimum score of 300 on the GRE or 50th percentile on the MAT
  • Participation in the interview process, including a writing sample
  • Submission of an application portfolio

A completed UA Graduate School application package includes the following:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from principal/superintendent)
  • A statement of purpose
  • Official test scores

Submit the following materials to the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies:

  • Copy of most recent performance appraisal
  • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement
  • Evidence of leadership potential
  • Resume/vitae
  • Statement identifying reasons for pursuing degree
  • Statement outlining program expectations
  • Copy of teaching certificate
  • Completed EXP form

Application Deadlines:

  • April 1 - summer admission
  • July 1 - fall admission
  • November 1 - spring admission

How do I apply?