University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
The UAB School of Education bucks the trend in education today. It is well ahead of the curve with strong, up-to-date programs, such as English as a Second Language, and high placement rates in subject areas that are notoriously difficult to fill, namely math, science and special education. The UAB School of Education focuses on preparing reflective, skillful professionals who improve the quality of life in diverse communities. As a result, UAB graduates have an incredible record of winning Alabama Teacher of the Year awards.
The UAB School of Education proudly sponsors the Early Reading First program. Early Reading First is a grant funded by the U. S. Department of Education and supports local efforts to enhance the early language and pre-reading skills of preschool-age children through strategies and professional development based on scientific reading research. The ultimate goal of Early Reading First is to close the achievement gap by preventing reading difficulties.
A yearly Young Authors conference, one of the largest events of its kind in the nation, hosted by the UAB School of Education draws over 3, 000 young fans to discuss writing, reading, and drawing with authors and illustrators of children's books. The university also hosts the Red Mountain Writing Project, and the MidSouth Reading and Writing Institute's annual conference.
The UAB School of Education participates in the Alabama Hands on Activities in Science Project (ALAHASP), which works with teachers across the state to implement inquiry-based science in elementary classrooms. Instrumental in developing the state's technology standards for training teachers, the UAB School of Education housed Alabama's headquarters for the nationally funded Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology (PT3) program. Through this program, teachers throughout the state benefited from the UAB School of Education's dynamic approach to learning.
Support for urban education and urban educators is evidenced by the UAB School of Education's Urban Teacher Enhancement Program (UTEP). This nationally funded teacher preparation program prepares teachers for urban schools by using Birmingham City Schools as a collaborative laboratory of best practices. Areas of focus for the program include math, science, special education, English as a second language, and Spanish language. UTEP is available at both the undergraduate and graduate level and is designed for individuals who do not already have a teaching certificate. This program provides tuition support for students.
Faculty in the UAB School of Education are highly skilled, experienced educators. They include winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, and a national biology teaching award. The faculty also features national finalists for Teacher of the Year, Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, and the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. Faculty are involved in research in many areas including early literacy, transitions from preschool to kindergarten, and interventions to de-escalate teasing and bullying in schools. Still other faculty conduct research related to childhood obesity and physical activity, the interaction of exercise training and aging on muscle function, coping mechanisms of teachers and the impact that stress has on their bodies, and planning and evaluating effective school health programs.
Research facilities include the 21st Century Classroom, where students use digital overhead projectors, computerized microscopes, Internet-linked laptops, and multimedia software for innovative educating. This facility is used to teach various methods classes and other classes for preservice and inservice education students. It is also used for professional development programs.
The Center for Educational Accountability, which was established in 1995, is housed in the UAB School of Education. It has access to all the resources of the University, including library, computer, and support services. The purpose of the Center is to improve educational accountability through a program of research and service that addresses the issue from kindergarten through higher education levels for local, state, and national sectors. To serve this purpose, the Center studies the relationships among the resources available for education (e. g. , funds, facilities, community support, etc. ), educational processes (e. g. , curricular implementation, accreditation, policy implementation, etc. ), and the outcomes of education (e. g. , achievement, retention, graduation rates, etc. ). The Center is funded primarily from outside sources and during the past fiscal year it received funding in excess of $1. 5 million.
In 2005 the UAB School of Education unveiled its new Counselor Training Laboratory and Clinic. The new lab has nine Counselling rooms with built-in cameras so students and faculty can observe, supervise, and record simulated Counselling sessions and experiential activities. The new facility also has two seminar rooms for class instruction in play therapy and group Counselling as well as a monitoring station with television and recording equipment where faculty can provide supervision for Counselling sessions.
Programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education:
UAB Undergraduate Programs in Human Studies:
UAB Undergraduate Programs in Special Education and Foundations:
Special Education/Collaborative Teaching
UAB Undergraduate Programs in Curriculum and Instruction:
Early Childhood Education
Foreign Language Education
High School Education
Middle School Education
UAB Graduate Studies:
UAB 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.
For more detailed information please visit our web site at http://www.ed. uab.edu
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1530 3RD AVE S
BIRMINGHAM Alabama 35294-1150
Tel: (205) 934-4011
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Website: www.ed. uab.edu
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