The Elementary Education program with Collaborative Teacher (special education) certification is for those who wish to teach at the elementary level (grades K-6). Completion of the program leads to a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Class B certification in the State of Alabama (a requirement for teaching in public schools) with additional certification to teach children who have cognitive, behavioral, physical, and/or multiple disabilities.
Every student deserves the opportunity to learn in ways that are most helpful to him or her. The challenge is that everyone learns at a different pace and in different ways. Students with learning disabilities and other special needs may require extra time, patience, focus, and care from their teachers. UM’s Elementary/Collaborative majors are prepared to teach and make accommodations for students who face a wide range of learning challenges. At both the baccalaureate and the alternative master’s degree level, UM graduates can earn degrees that lead to Alabama’s first-time certification as a “collaborative teacher” in grades K-6, 6-12, or P-12 .