Get Your Alabama Teaching Certification
If you believe, like Alabama’s State Department of Education does, that “higher standards means brighter futures,” and you would like to become a teacher in Alabama, you can expect to become certified through a rather straightforward process. You will need a Bachelor’s degree from a state-approved teaching college or university or an approved teaching college or university recognized by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. In addition, you will need to pass two assessment tests and a background check. Alabama also offers alternate accreditation for those who may not have received their education through a teacher preparation school.
To become certified to teach in Alabama, you will need a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. You will also need to pass both the basic skills assessment test and appropriate Alabama-approved subject assessments of the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (APTTP). There is also a $20 application fee. For the background check, you will need to submit two fingerprint cards, a Background Review Consent Form, and a $49 fee for the fingerprinting. To learn more about these requirements, visit the Teacher Education and Certification site. In addition to information, all necessary forms are also available to download.
As for where to teach in Alabama, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in Birmingham was rated one of the top high schools in the country. Birmingham also enjoys the status of being one of the 150 least expensive cities in which to live. Montgomery Public Schools and the schools in Huntsville offer excellent magnet schools that have received recognition, and the city of Mobile was listed as one of the easiest cities in which to find employment. Starting salary for a teacher in Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree and less than three years experience is about $36,000/year.
Once you’ve become a teacher in Alabama, you can expect to need recertification. In order to renew your certification, you must have three years of educational experience and either five continuing education units (CEUs) or three semester/four quarter hours of allowable credits. If you don’t have the three years of educational experience, you must have both five CEUs and three semester/four quarter hours of allowable credits. If you don’t have the experience or the five CEUs, you can obtain your recertification with six semester/nine quarter hours of allowable credits.