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Alabama Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Alabama, you must complete the follow steps:

Get Your Degree

  • Complete at least a bachelor’s degree in a program approved by the Alabama State Department of Education.
  • These programs will include student-teaching hours in a classroom.

Pass Required Exams

  • Praxis Subject Assessments: the content test for the subject you are planning to teach
  • Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA): an evaluation of a portfolio of your work that you create during your student teaching internship

Apply for Certification

  • The Alabama State Department of Education is responsible for certifying teachers.
  • Upon successful completion of your degree program, your institution will recommend you for approval to the Department of Education.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

Alternative Routes to Alabama Teacher Certification

For individuals already holding a bachelor’s degree in a non-teaching discipline, completing an approved education master’s degree qualifies them for Class A certification.

Alabama offers several paths for certificate reciprocity for out-of-state educators and provides an uncomplicated transition for experienced educators.

How to Register for Exams

After prospective teachers have determined which Praxis exams they need for certification in Alabama, they must sign up for the Praxis exam. Registration can be completed in several different ways with one of the most convenient ways being online. Online registration can be completed through one’s Praxis account and requires teachers to print their admissions ticket for the exam if they choose to test at a test center. At the time of registration, prospective teachers select the Praxis test dates and locations, as well as pay the required fee.

How To Study for Your Alabama Teacher Certification Exam

To become a certified teacher in Alabama you must pass your Praxis exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of Praxis study guides to help you pass your exam and get closer to getting that teacher certificate in Alabama. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day!

Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the Praxis exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

Best Education Schools in Alabama

  • University of Alabama
  • Alabama A&M University
  • University of Alabama–Birmingham
  • Samford University (Beeson)
  • Alabama State University
  • University of South Alabama
  • Athens State University
  • Auburn University
  • Miles College
  • Oakwood University

Alabama Teacher Salary

As of Feb 27, 2024, the average annual pay for a School Teacher in Alabama is $52,191 a year.

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Alabama Teacher Certification FAQs

How long does it take to become a teacher in Alabama?

It takes 4 years for a traditional-track teacher’s license; other routes will vary in terms of length of time.

Can I teach in Alabama without a degree?

All prospective teachers in Alabama must hold at least a bachelor’s degree and complete an approved educator preparation program to become certified to teach.

Is there a teacher shortage in Alabama?

Alabama has seen a teacher shortage over the past few years. As of fall 2022 there was a shortage of 300 special education teachers, 104 early education, and 183 elementary.

What teachers are needed most in Alabama?

While Alabama does not track school-level vacancies at state level, shortages have been reported in the following areas for the 2022-23 school year:

    1. Math.
    2. Science.
    3. English.
    4. Core subjects.
    5. Social studies.
    6. Special education.

What are the different types of teaching licenses in Alabama?

A teacher who holds a bachelor’s degree and meets all certification requirements will be issued a Class B credential. Class A or AA credentials can be issued to educators with higher levels of education.

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