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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Teachers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies teaching as one of the fastest growing occupations over the next 10 years. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Education (SOE) provides the ideal foundation for individuals to become successful educators with exemplary programs that blend academics, hands-on experiences and exposure to national education initiatives.

UAB SOE faculty, with their unshakable belief that every child can learn, inspire teacher candidates to make significant contributions to education. Their unfaltering commitment to children is surpassed only by the quality of the teaching models they provide.

“Our faculty does an incredible job preparing students to teach because so many were teachers themselves,” comments UAB’s dean, Michael Froning, Ed.D. “Combined with their firm belief in the capacity of all children to learn at high levels, this practical experience is invaluable to our students.”

A Winning Approach
UAB is well ahead of the curve with strong, up-to-date programs in all areas and recent new specialties such as English as a Second Language (ESL), and the Urban Teacher Enhancement Program (UTEP).

UAB focuses on preparing reflective, skillful professionals who improve the quality of life in diverse communities. Its graduates have an incredible record of winning Alabama Teacher of the Year awards.

Leading Statewide Initiatives
UAB is a frontrunner in using its frontline programs as the basis of research and implementation projects that enrich their national educational impact. Support for urban education and urban educators is led by UTEP. This nationally funded teacher preparation program prepares teachers for urban schools using Birmingham City Schools as a collaborative laboratory of best practices. Areas of focus for the program include math, science, special education, ESL, and Spanish language. UTEP provides tuition support for students.

UAB leads the Alabama Hands on Activities in Science Project (ALAHASP), which works with teachers across the state to implement inquiry-based science in elementary classrooms. The university also hosts a yearly Young Authors Conference, one of the largest events of its kind in the nation, as well as the Red Mountain Writing Project, and the annual MidSouth Reading & Writing Conference.

Boasting an exceptional teacher placement rate, the UAB program offering is comprehensive. For information about the UAB School of Education please call (205) 934-3382, or e-mail . On the web at

Programs at the UAB School of Education
UAB Undergraduate Programs in Human Studies
• Health Education Programs
• Physical Education
• Fitness Leadership
• Exercise Science

UAB Undergraduate Programs in Special Education and Foundations
• Special Education/ Collaborative Teaching

UAB Undergraduate Programs in Curriculum & Instruction
• Art Education
• Early Childhood Education
• Elementary Education
• English as a Second Language
• Foreign Language Education
• High School Education
• Middle School Education
• Music Education
• Reading Education

UAB Graduate Studies
• The School of Education has an extensive graduate program, offering 17 areas of study and doctoral degrees in many fields. It also offers alternative, fifth-year teaching certification programs open to undergraduates in many fields.

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