Teacher Education

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Lori Aultman, Ph.D. laultman@shc.edu

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Spring Hill College offers two graduate degrees in teacher education: (1) The Master of Science (MS) degree for persons who hold Alabama Class B certification or who are eligible for the certificate, and (2) The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree for persons who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than education. Completion of all requirements for either degree leads to Alabama Class A (master's level) teacher certification. Up to nine semester hours of appropriate transfer credit from another institution may be accepted toward the master's degree - if the credit was earned before admission to Spring Hill College. 

The Master of Science (MS)

"I really enjoyed being in the classes at Spring Hill…the professors really tried to make a connection with you to make you feel comfortable. This was important to me because I was coming back to school after 14 years."
– Kevin Dougherty

The Master of Science (MS) degree may be pursued by persons who hold, or are eligible for, Alabama class B teacher certification. A program plan is developed for each graduate student in order to assure that, within certain parameters, each person's needs are met. In addition to free electives, each plan reflects a combination of program requirements and the student's choice of course options. Students pursuing the MS degree take courses reserved exclusively for graduate students.

Attention is given to meeting special needs of students through course advisement, and classes are scheduled to accommodate practicing classroom teachers. Inservice teachers can complete a program in approximately two years by taking courses in the summer and at night during the regular school year.

Early Childhood Education (P-3) & Elementary Education (K-6)

A total of 33 hours in the following areas:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Foundations of Professional Studies
  • Evaluation of Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching Field
  • Electives

Secondary Certification Programs (6-12)

A total of 33 hours

Secondary level graduate programs leading to certification in the teaching fields of:

  • English Language Arts
  • General Social Science
  • History
  • General Science

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

"I especially like the small classes in which students get to know each other, are supportive of each other, and care about the progress of the class as a whole. I am very excited to begin teaching. I have received encouragement from the MAT program to pursue creative methods of teaching, such as project-based learning."
- Heather Harper

These programs are designed for persons whose baccalaureate degree is in a field other than education. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) curriculum allows prospective teachers to integrate knowledge gained through undergraduate course work into graduate studies in education. The curriculum also provides for laboratory experiences in school settings prior to the culminating internship. Classes are scheduled to accommodate both full-time and part-time students. Most students complete the program in about two years.

Early Childhood Education (P-3) & Elementary Education (K-6)

A total of 39 hours in the following areas:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Foundations of Professional Studies
  • Exceptionality
  • Evaluation of Teaching and Learning
  • Methods of Teaching Reading
  • Teaching Field
  • Educational Technology
  • Internship

Secondary Certification Programs (6-12)

A total of 39 hours

Secondary level graduate programs leading to certification in the teaching fields of:

  • English Language Arts
  • General Social Science
  • History
  • General Science

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Program Course Offerings

Current course offerings are available on the Registrar's web site at www.shc.edu/registrar.