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University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

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Alabama is 25th in the nation in terms of number of teachers employed. Aspiring teachers must meet specific requirements before they can work as certified teachers. Below is an overview of the state’s requirements and some of the educational paths one can take to work as a teacher in Alabama.

Alabama has three levels of teacher certification. One (class B) is for bachelor degree holders, one (class A) is for master degree holders and one (class AA) is for doctoral degree holders or those who have specialty degrees.

  • 27 teaching programs in Alabama accredited by CAEP
  • 10 CAEP-accredited Bachelor's degrees
  • 13 CAEP-accredited Master's degrees in Alabama

To become certified to teach in Alabama, candidates must complete a Basic Skills Assessment and the Praxis Exam for any content-specific competence for the level of instruction they will provide. The Basic Skills Assessment has three sections – Reading for Information, Writing, and Applied Mathematics. They measure foundational skills to become an effective educator.

Requirements to Teach in Alabama

The Praxis Exam is a subject assessment that measures general and specific knowledge of the subject. There are 120 different tests. The candidate takes only those related to a particular discipline of teaching.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in education is the traditional means of earning a teaching certificate. Satisfying specific requirements will allow receiving an alternative certification. Those with a Bachelor’s degree can access a teaching certificate in a shorter amount of time.

Other criteria that must be met include:

  • Application for certification
  • $30 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts of degrees and credits earned
  • Background clearance
  • Supplemental form(s) and supporting document(s)

Teaching credentials from other states are recognized in Alabama.

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Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website
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To work in the Alabama public school system as a kindergarten, elementary, middle or high school teacher, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college.

Alabama Bachelors of Education Programs

These are typically four-year programs that must meet Alabama's coursework requirement, which is at least 32 semester hours of credits. The student must also have 19 semester hours of upper-level credits. Alabama has several universities offering education programs and a few of them are listed below.

Alabama A&M University offers several academic programs for potential teachers. The bachelor’s degree program is for early education and elementary school teachers. Students in this program must complete foundation courses prior to starting the actual two-semester teaching courses. A practicum course and internship is completed during the junior and senior years; however, the student must take the Praxis II test prior to the internship and must also pass exit exams in order to graduate.

Dual Education Certification Programs in Alabama

Students interested in obtaining dual certification in early childhood (P-K) and elementary (K-6) may find the ideal program at Jackson State University. JSU also offers several graduate degree programs as well as online degree programs for teaching. The University of Alabama offers bachelor and master degree programs in elementary education, secondary education, music education, special education and kinesiology as well as graduate programs in specialized areas such as educational psychology, nurse education and school counseling, among others.

Master's of Education Degrees in Alabama

UNA has bachelor and master degree programs for special education K-12 and elementary K-6. Additionally, they offer certification programs for various areas of study including chemistry, music, mathematics, biology, physical education and almost any subject matter imaginable. University of South Alabama has a wide range of education programs in both the bachelor and master degree levels and various certification programs as well as continuing education programs for teachers in need of re-certification. The University of Mobile has programs for early childhood education, elementary education and secondary education.

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University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website

George Mason University

Master Master of Education in Special Education Website
CAEP Accredited Teaching Programs

List of CAEP-Accredited Teaching Degrees in Alabama

Auburn University
Auburn
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Collaborative Teacher, K-12 CEC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Masters in Mathematics Education Post-Bacc. NCTM
Auburn University Montgomery
Montgomery
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in English Language Arts Secondary Education NCTE
  • Masters in Instructional Technology ISTE
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
  • Masters in Physical Education NASPE
Qatar University
Doha
CAEP
  • Bachelors in B.Ed. in Primary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in B.Ed. in Secondary Education English (ESL) Concentration TESOL
  • Post Bachelors in Diploma in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Post Bachelors in Diploma in Primary Education ACEI
  • Post Bachelors in Diploma in Secondary Education English Language Concentration TESOL
  • Post Bachelors in Diploma in Special Education CEC
  • Masters in Masters in Education Special Education CEC
  • Masters in Masters in Education, Educational Leadership ELCC
Samford University
Birmingham
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education/Elementary/Elementary Collaborative (P-6) ACEI
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education/Elementary/Elementary Collaborative (P-6) NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Science in English Language Arts (Gr. 6-12) NCTE
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Science in History General Social Science (Gr. 6-12) NCSS
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership ELCC
  • Masters in Master of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education Fifth Year Non Traditional ACEI
  • Masters in Master of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education Fifth Year Non Traditional NAEYC
  • Masters in Master of Science in Gifted Education NAGC
  • Masters in Master of Science in Instructional Leadership ELCC
  • Masters in Masters of Science Education-English Language Arts Fifth Year Non Traditional NCTE
  • Masters in Masters of Science Education-Mathematics Fifth Year Non Traditional NCTM
  • Masters in Masters of Science Education-Physical Education Fifth Year Non Traditional NASPE
Sultan Qaboos University
Alkhodh
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in English Learning & Teaching ACTFL
  • Bachelors in Math Education NCTM
  • Bachelors in Science Education NSTA
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa
CAEP
  • Doctorate in School Psychology NASP
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology NASP
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education Mathematics NCTM
  • Post Bachelors in Secondary Education Mathematics NCTM
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham
CAEP
  • Masters in English as a Second Language TESOL
  • Masters in English as a Second Language TESOL
Universidad De Puerto Rico De Cayey
Cayey
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education: English TESOL
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education: Science NSTA
  • Bachelors in Special Education CEC
Universidad De Puerto Rico Ponce
Ponce
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
Universidad De Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus
San Juan
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Ed. Kindergarten to Third Grade NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education - Fourth to Sixth Grade ACEI
  • Bachelors in Physical Education NASPE
  • Bachelors in Secondary Mathematics Education NCTM
  • Bachelors in Secondary Science NSTA
  • Bachelors in Special Education CEC
  • Bachelors in Teaching of English to Spanish Speakers TESOL
University of Guam
Mangilao
CAEP
  • Masters in Administration and Supervision ELCC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Masters in Role 6 Reading Specialist ILA
UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO
Humacao
CAEP
  • Bachelors in TESOL TESOL
University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo
Arecibo
CAEP
  • 0 in Elementary Education Program ACEI
University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon
Bayamon
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Elementary and Special Physical Education NASPE
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
University of Puerto Rico at Utuado
Utuado
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education (2007 Standards) ACEI
University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla
Aguadilla
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
University of the Virgin Islands
Charlotte Amalie
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education ACEI

Scholarships/Financial Aid Available

Residents of Alabama or those attending an Alabama university or college are eligible for specific awards. Here are some examples:

Alabama Student Grant Programs

This state student assistance program is designed to provide residents of Alabama with financial aid for undergraduate study. The typical high school diploma or GED is required. Students must be an Alabama resident, U.S. Citizen or in the citizenship process, and do not plan an undergraduate degree for a religious vocation.

TEACH Grants

Grants from the TEACH Grant Program provide up to $4000 per year to students who are completing or are planning to complete coursework required to begin a teaching career. As a condition, recipients must sign an agreement to teach

  • In a field of high-need
  • At elementary or secondary school level , or some educational service agency serving students from low-income families
  • For at least four of eight academic years after the completion of a course of study covered by the grant received

Requirements to Qualify for In-State Tuition

The state of Alabama governs the rules regarding in-state tuition. The standard makes qualifying difficult for the majority of undergraduates whose parents are not living in Alabama. The age of emancipation in Alabama is 19, instead of the standard 18 years of age. To be eligible for in-state tuition, a person must live in Alabama for one year.

Students cannot begin the one-year domicile period until they are 19. It is not until the junior year that most students can earn residency. Some schools vary in the way they implement the 19-year-old clause. There may be a way around it. Proof of employment and part-time or no school is an expected qualification.

As a member of the Academic Common Market, Alabama has a limited regional reciprocity agreement with select Southern States. Favorable tuition rates in states that are nearby are sometimes possible. Many restrictions apply. One of them is the degree being sought is not offered in another college of the home state.

Clinical Education Degrees in Alabama

UA also has special clinical education programs that assist students in completing field experience and internships that may be required by their programs. Online education programs are also offered at UA. Other Alabama universities that offer teaching programs include University of West Alabama, Huntingdon College and Oakwood University as well as many others. Many of these colleges also offer teaching programs through distance learning.

Alabama Certifications, Praxis, and Exit Exams

The exit exams must be in the area the student has chosen: early education or elementary school. In addition to the basic teacher’s program, Alabama A&M also offers baccalaureate programs for teachers that wish to specialize in a specific subject matter such as music, PE, science, math, etc. A&M also offers a master degree program for both early education and elementary school teachers. Master programs are for teachers who want to teach at the highest level and generally offer higher wages.

In addition to earning a teaching degree, Alabama teachers must pass the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program and the Praxis II tests for their area of certification.