Published on July 16, 2013 by Dr. David Little  

Samford’s Fifth-Year Alternative Master’s Program in Early Childhood and Elementary Education is designed for graduates of an accredited university who have already earned a B.A. or B. S. degree in any area other than a P-6 certification program, and would like to be a certified teacher of infants-grade 6.

The program is a 12-month day program beginning the first week of June of each year and concludes in May of the next year. The program is composed of 42 credit hours which includes 12 hours of a student teaching internship. Cohorts will attend classes taught at clinical settings and on campus, and will gain over 175 hours of school-based clinical experiences.

Not only will certification areas include birth through 6thgrade with the ability to teach 6th grade at any middle school, but students in the program will receive outstanding support and instruction from a host of veteran classroom teachers and professors. More than 95% of graduates have experienced immediate job placement after completing all requirements for graduation and certification.

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.