What will I learn?

Through the major in early childhood special education, students learn about the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of young children, with and without special needs, and about their families. Students graduating with this major are eligible to be recommended for Alabama Class B certification to teach children with diverse needs (P-3) as well as Alabama Class B certification in early childhood education (P-3).

Experimental learning activities, assessment, and practicums are provided for students on and off campus through the Office of Clinical Experiences. On-campus facilities providing structured practicums include the Child Development Center and the Rural Infant Stimulation Environment (RISE) Program. These programs provide opportunities for students to work with infants, toddlers, and children who have a broad range of special needs. In addition, all students who major in early childhood special education will complete supervised practicum and internship experiences in diverse settings.

  • Area II: Courses should be selected to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements.
  • Area IV: Courses should be selected to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements.
  • Area V: From those courses listed in option 2, CAT 200 Computer Education Application and CAT 250 Computer Education Curriculum should be selected.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$30,250.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 May 2022

Start date

12 January 2022, 17 August 2022


College of Education

Carmichael Hall 201,



35487, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The College of Engineering enforces a C- or higher requirement for any course that is a pre-requisite for another required course.

For international students

Students completing a high school diploma equivalent to U.S degree.

International applicants must submit an official qualifying English Proficiency test score:

TOEFL iBT score of 79 and above

TOEFL paper-based score of 550 and above

IELTS score of 6.0 or above

Pearson’s Test of English score of 54 or above

Duolingo English Test score of 51 or above

International Application Deadlines: Fall Semester: May 1; Spring Semester: October 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Alabama

Boasting a long history of success, The University of Alabama produces legendary results through our scholars’ research and service.

  • Located in the mid-size city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 200 programs in 10 academic schools
  • Scholarships for international students at all levels
  • More than 600 student organizations

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