Become a Teacher in Alabama


Alabama State Department of Education

5114 Gordon Persons Building Montgomery, AL 36104

(334) 242-9700

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            Earn Your Alabama Teaching Credential

            Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

            To get your teaching credential in Alabama, you will need to have completed the necessary college coursework, teacher preparation program and standardized tests required by the state of Alabama. If you attained your teaching credential from another state, you may be able to gain an Alabama teaching credential through interstate reciprocity. Learn more about earning your Alabama teaching credential. Alabama has three levels of teacher certification. A Class B certificate is issued to new teachers who have completed a Bachelor’s degree and completed a teacher education program; the Class A certificate is available to teachers who have earned a Master’s degree, and the Class AA is for teachers who are pursuing at least 30 credits of post-Master’s coursework. Return to the top

            Prerequisite Coursework in Alabama

            Every state requires teachers to have at least a Bachelor’s degree to be certified. Teaching in Alabama will require an academic major in with at least 32 semester hours of credit, including 19 semester hours of upper-level credit. Contact your teacher preparation program or the Department of Education for more information about coursework requirements. Return to the top

            Required Tests for Alabama

            Teacher testing in Alabama is handled by the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (APTTP).  Three Basic Skills Assessments (Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Writing) and the Praxis II Test for subject proficiency are required. Learn more here about testing requirements for Alabama. Read more about teacher certification tests. You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep. Return to the top

            Alabama Teacher Certification

            To earn your teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Alabama can be found here. Teacher certification programs generally contain both coursework and fieldwork components. The coursework consists of essential knowledge and skills for teachers, as well as an exploration of contemporary pedagogy (the art and science of teaching). Fieldwork involves classroom observation, student teaching and/or education internships. Return to the top

            Alternate Teacher Certification in Alabama

            Alabama offers an Alternative Baccalaureate-Level Certificate, a Preliminary Certificate, and a Special Alternative Certificate (for prospective special education teachers), any of which let teachers earn a certificate over a maximum of three years while teaching full time. See the Alabama Department of Education website for more information and a list of institutions offering alternative teacher certification programs. Members of the military can learn more here about the Troops to Teachers program in Alabama. Return to the top

            Certification Reciprocity in Alabama

            Interstate Reciprocity is a program where you can use a certification from another state to become certified in a new state. Click here to look up which states are eligible for reciprocity in Alabama, or contact the Alabama Department of Education if you have more specific questions about your state or institution. Return to the top

            Benefits of a Masters in Education in Alabama

            A Masters in Education will give you more knowledge and skills to use in the classroom, ultimately enabling you to become the best teacher you can be. According to the salary schedule for Mobile County, a teacher with a Master’s degree can expect to earn $5,000-$10,000more annually than a teacher without an advanced degree, depending on years of experience. Learn more about the Benefits of a Master's in Education. Return to the top

            Masters in Education Financial Aid

            Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarships Horace Mann Educator Scholarships Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree. Return to the top

            Alabama Teacher Salary and Incentives

            Teacher salaries in Alabama range from $36,000 --- $60,000 for a 187-day contract. The average Elementary School Teacher receives a salary of $47,840, while the average Secondary School Teacher receives a salary of $48,390. Pay levels increase with level of higher education degree as well as with every three years of experience. The salary schedule for teachers in Alabama for the 2011-2012 school year can be found here. Teacher incentives in Alabama are primarily handled at the district level, for which information can be found here. Some federal student loan forgiveness is offered to teachers willing to work in high-need schools. Learn more about teacher salaries. Return to the top

            Alabama Teacher Benefits and Retirement

            Retirement benefits for teachers in Alabama are handled by the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS). Retirement planning information as well as retirement and social security calculators can be found on the TRS website. Learn more about benefits for teachers. Return to the top

            Professional Development for Alabama Teachers

            As of August 2011, professional development and evaluation in Alabama is handled by EDUCATEAlabama. EDUCATEAlabama features a new set of teacher evaluations as well as online developmental resources to build upon on-site development days. Alabama has strong induction policies, including a well-developed mentoring program. Return to the top

            Alabama Teaching Jobs

            The Alabama Department of Education runs a teaching job recruitment website called Teach in Alabama, which allows users to browse available positions and apply online. Positions can be filtered by school district or board district, and tracked through an online account made on the site. Additionally, the Alabama Department of Education participates in the Troops to Teachers program, which helps veterans find work as educators in Alabama schools. Learn more about finding a teaching job. Return to the top

            Alabama Teacher Certification Information & Links

            Alabama Department of Education Home Page Teacher Certification Page of the Alabama Department of Education Alabama Teaching Job Vacancies Return to the top