12 months
1187 USD/credit 39171 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 36597 USD/year
468 USD/credit 15444 USD/year
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Our The University of Alabama at Birmingham Special Education (Collaborative Teacher) Program features interdisciplinary, graduate-level courses that are both rigorous and innovative. We offer specialties such as the Collaborative Teacher (CT) K-12, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


For children with physical, emotional, mental, or learning disabilities, a traditional education approach just won't cut it. We can show you innovative strategies, classroom technologies, and other skills to help you teach these unique learners.

Because of the nature of this Special Education (Collaborative Teacher) program, it's important that you identify your specific career goals and interests so you can tailor your curriculum accordingly. For instance, if you want to work with younger children, you should concentrate in early childhood special education. If you'd rather focus on reading, K-12, or autism spectrum disorders, however, the collaborative teacher concentration is your better option. 

Either way, we want to make sure you're on track to earning a Class A certificate, and we have two paths to get you there. If you enter the program with a Class B teaching certificate, we'll put you in our traditional master's program. If you don't have previous teaching certifications, you'll need to take a few extra education courses to get caught up. Either way, we want you to leave here with the skills you need to give unique learners the education they deserve.

Fast Facts:

  • Special education teachers earned an average of $58,980 per year in 2017 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Six out of the last nine Alabama Teachers of the Year are The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education alumni.

Programme Structure


  • Formative and Summative Assessment
  • Program and Lesson Planning
  • Language and Communication Facilitation
  • Sensory, Health and Physical Methods
  • Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Assistive and Instructional Technology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • o be eligible for seeking initial teacher certification at a masters level, applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a 2.75 GPA on their transcript from a regionally accredited college.
  •  They must have passed the Basic Skills test and the Praxis II exam in the targeted teaching field and also met other criteria stipulated by the ALSDE. Upon completing the AMP, candidates earn alternative Class A certification in this teaching field.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39171 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    36597 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    15444 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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