Basic Steps for Alabama Teacher Certification:
You must have a bachelor's degree, complete an approved teacher preparation program, pass the Alabama Prospective Teaching Program (APTTP) tests, and pass a criminal background check. You will then be issued a Class B Bachelor's Level certificate that is valid for five years and renewable.
Information for Teachers Certified Elsewhere:
If you are certified in another state and move to the state of Alabama, your path to certification will depend upon their teacher preparation program and passed exams. If you attended a state-approved teacher preparation program that is accepted within the state of Alabama, then you will meet the curriculum requirements. Further, if you have already passed a state exam that tests reading, mathematics, and writing, you may be able to meet the Alabama test requirement. Otherwise, you will be required to pass the APTTP.
Information for Professional Certificate Renewal:
To renew a professional certificate, you must prove that you have completed a combination of educational experience, continuing education units (CEU), earned school credits, or completed your National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Teaching Position Outlook for Alabama:
As with many states across the nation, Alabama has shortages in many subjects. Their greatest shortages exist in math, science, and special education. The average teacher salary is over $40,347 and a beginning teacher makes over $31,310.
Additional Information for Alabama Teacher Certification:
Want more information? Visit the Alabama Department of Education.