This 43-credit hour program for alternative Class A certification is designed for graduates of an accredited university who have already earned a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in any area other than a K–6 certification program, but would like to be a certified elementary school teacher. This is a full-time program that requires students to attend classes on campus and at clinical settings during traditional work hours.

Certification areas include Kindergarten through sixth grade with the ability to teach sixth grade at any middle school. Students in the program will receive outstanding support and instruction from a host of veteran classroom teachers and professors. For the past three years, 100% of graduates have experienced immediate job placement after completing all requirements for graduation and certification.

Objectives and Curriculum

This full-time program is designed for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university but desire to earn certification to teach grades K-6. Students will earn a master’s degree, Class A and Class B teaching certification in just one year and have the opportunity for extensive field experience and practical content application. This fast-track program places heavy emphasis on clinical experiences and teaching pedagogy.

The curriculum requirement for the program is 42 credit hours. Students must have a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA at Orlean Beeson School of Education to graduate. Please view our full list of completion requirements.

For more information about the graduate courses and electives offered at Orlean Beeson School of Education, please visit the Orlean Beeson School of Education section of the Samford University Catalog.



Application Deadline

Summer term: May 15

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the elementary education nontraditional master’s program you must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have graduated with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

For an application to be considered complete, we must receive all of the following:

  • Online application for admission. Please be sure to list your personal e-mail address on the application.
  • $35 Application Fee. This non-refundable fee is payable by credit card and is waived for Samford alumni, and current Samford students, faculty or staff.
  • Official Transcript showing bachelor’s degree. Transcripts are considered official only when they bear the issuing institution’s seal and arrive with the seal intact. Transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail.
  • Passing score on Praxis Multiple Subjects 5901:
    5003 Math subtest: 157
    5005 Science: 158
    5004 Social Studies: 154
  • Passing score on all Praxis Core test 5751:
    Math: 150
    Reading: 156
    Writing: 162
  • Background clearance letter
  • Dispositions form filled out by current supervisor.
  • Interview with program director.

To check the status of application items, you may login to your application account and view the list of application items received.

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Is This Program for Me?

If you are passionate about laying the foundation for students - helping them learn and grow academically, develop social-emotional skills, cultivate good character and become thinkers - this program is for you.

The elementary education fifth-year nontraditional program will prepare you to be a prestigious teacher through rigorous curriculum, high teacher expectations, numerous professional development opportunities and a vast amount of hands-on experiences. The faculty not only cares about your continual academic growth, but also makes it a priority to invest in your calling and passion.

“We are the beginning for these children. There is a lot of focus on high school and graduation, but we cannot get them there if we have not made a strong foundation and it is laid in the elementary classroom."– Ami Brooks ‘17

Career Opportunities

  • Elementary Education Teacher

Tuition, Scholarships and Financial Aid


Please visit our Tuition and Fees page for more information, or contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator.


Orlean Beeson School of Education is proud to award graduate students in its master's, certificate, and specialist program a scholarship. Graduate students do not need to apply for this scholarship as it is automatically applied. The school will continue providing a scholarship until coursework is complete. Any additional scholarships are the responsibility of the applicant to secure.

Financial Aid

A financial assistance program administered by Samford One Stop has been established to aid students in attending Samford University.

Education students have the ability to utilize Stafford Loans and Grad PLUS Loans. As an education student, a FAFSA is required to receive either of these loans.

To learn more about financial aid options, please visit the Samford One Stop or call 205-726-2905.