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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