Teacher Certification Subject Areas Offered


(Preschool–sixth grade)
Early Childhood/Special Education/Elementary Collaborative

Composite Subject Areas

(Sixth grade–12th grade)
English/Language Arts
History/Social Studies

Major Subject Areas

(Sixth grade–12th grade)
World Languages: French, German, Spanish

Major Subject Areas

(Preschool–12th grade)
World Languages: French, German, Spanish
Instrumental Music
Vocal/Choral Music

Each program in the Department of Teacher Education complies with teacher certification requirements prescribed by the Alabama State Department of Education. Certification requirements outlined by the Alabama State Department of Education differ slightly from traditional Arts and Sciences majors and must be followed exactly. For example, a bachelor of science in education with a major in English (ENGD) prepares students to teach not only English, but also speech and theatre at the secondary school level. The ENGD major includes a language arts component, with requirements in communication studies, journalism, and theatre, in addition to English and education. The bachelor of science in education with a major in history (HISD) includes a social science component, with requirements in economics, geography, and political science in addition to history and education. Information about other programs may be obtained from the department chair or advisement counselor. Students planning to earn certification in secondary education must come to the Orlean Bullard Beeson (OBB) School of Education at the beginning of the freshman year for advisement.

The Department of Teacher Education was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as being one of the top four effective teacher preparation programs in the nation. All certification programs offered through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are aligned with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.