Alabama Teacher Certification
Alabama wants new teachers. The National Educational Association reports that 24 percent of the population in the Heart-of-Dixie state is under the age of 18. Alabama teacher certification is managed by the Alabama State Department of Education (SDE). Certification in Alabama is available for five years for candidates who hold a bachelor's degree (Class B), a master's degree (Class A), or those who hold a PhD or degree as an Educational Specialist (Class AA).
Alternative Alabama Teacher Certification
You may also apply for a temporary certificate if you're enrolled in a teacher-preparation program in an approved university or college in Alabama, making the state attractive to student teachers who want to make their career in the Alabama school system. Under alternative criteria provisions, you may also apply if you're a member of the U.S. military seeking a second career under the Troops-to-Teachers program.
How to Get an Alabama Teacher Certification
The SDE certifies candidates at the bachelor's degree level who have completed an Alabama college or university teacher education program or those who have finished an approved fifth-year program in teacher preparation in the state. You may also receive certification by completing a National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited teacher preparation program out of the state. You'll also need to pass a background check and the basic skills and Praxis II exams from the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program.
Alabama Teacher Certification Renewal
To renew certification, you must have fulfilled your experience and continuing education (CEU) obligations and apply before December 31 on the year your certification expires. The SDE must have proof that you're up-to-date on your continuing education requirements. You can find more information about allowable continuing education credits through the state's Department of Education Web site.