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M.Ed. Elementary Education

Alternative A Certification

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Faulkner University’s online Master of Education in Elementary Education – Alternative A certification program gives you the flexibility and opportunity to complete your studies anytime, anywhere.

New students are accepted into Faulkner University’s online M.Ed. Elementary Education – Alternative A certification program twice a year. Students are required to pass the Praxis II Multiple Subjects prior to admission into the program. The program consists of the following 12 courses, taken one at a time, for a total of 36 credits. Additionally, students are required to complete a 15 week student teaching internship. Field experiences cannot be completed in your own classroom if you are currently teaching unless candidate is on the Interim Employment Certificate.

*The College of Education welcomes transfer students from other regionally accredited institutions. No more than six (6) hours may be transferred from another university and accepted toward a Master of Education degree. All professional transfer courses are subject to approval by the ALSDE. A student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours through Faulkner University.


PY 6325 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credit hours)
An overview of current learning theory and the relation to classroom practice, the nature and needs of exceptional children with techniques for adapting classroom instruction to the needs of the individual child.

FED 6322 Curriculum Design and Instructional Methods (3 credit hours)
Concepts of evaluation by traditional and nontraditional methods. An emphasis on building assessments through curriculum planning, setting of instructional objectives, proper test construction, and analysis of scores yielded through assessment techniques.

FED 6330 Assessment for Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)
Tests and assessments are an essential part of the instructional process. When properly done, they cannot only effectively evaluate but also enhance students’ learning and teachers’ instruction. When poorly done, they can confuse and alienate students, distort the curriculum, and hinder good instruction. Test scores and grades sometimes affect “high-stakes” decisions about students, prompting intense concern that they be accurate and fair. This course examines how to effectively use assessment for learning in classrooms today.

FED 6349 Advanced Classroom Management (3 credit hours)
A study of classroom management techniques with an emphasis on relationships with students, parents, paraprofessionals, administration, and the community. Management planning and classroom success skills are emphasized.

FED 6301 Ethics for Educators (3 credit hours)
A study of the historical, sociological, philosophical factors underlying present day American education. Emphasized is the study of related problems requiring educational adjustments in school and society.

FED 6345 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the needs and issues that impact students who are at risk. Participants will gain differentiated skills necessary in teaching students with disabilities, students of poverty, students learning beyond grade level, and English language learners.

EED 6336 Teaching Elementary Social Studies (3 credit hours)
This course involves a critical study of current trends in elementary social studies, focusing on instructional modes and relating coursework back to the learners’ own social environment.

EED 6341 Teaching Elementary Mathematics (3 credit hours)
This course is based on the current research regarding the methods and materials of teaching elementary school math. It focuses on the theory related to the development of mathematical skills and concepts.

EED 6368 Teaching Elementary Science (3 credit hours)
This course covers the methods and materials for teaching elementary level science.

EED 6326 Reading Skills and Comprehension (3 credit hours)
This course is focused on evaluating student needs in the field of reading, formal and informal reading assessment instruments, and required reading skills for content areas. It is based on current trends and techniques.

EED 6332 Teaching Elementary Language Arts (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to increase the knowledge of experienced teachers in language arts at the elementary level.

FED 6399 Education Capstone (3 credit hours)
This course is taken simultaneously with the first Internship placement to complete the edTPA assessment. edTPA focuses on planning instruction, implementation of effective instruction, and assessment of student work within a content field. If a student does not pass the edTPA, they would resubmit the edTPA portfolio during their second Internship placement and could retake this course as a means of remediation.