AL Certification Requirements and Available Licenses

Alabama Certification Requirements and Available Licenses



Early Childhood, Pk- Grade 3

Elementary Education, K-6

Collaborative Special Education, Grades K-6  and Grades 6-12

Middle Grades Mathematics, 4-8

Middle Grades General Science, 4-8 (MASE Only)

Secondary General Social Studies, 6-12

Secondary Mathematics, 6-12

Secondary Biology, 6-12

Secondary Chemistry, 6-12

Secondary Physics, 6-12

Secondary English - Language Arts, 6-12

Alabama has the following requirements for applicants for initial teacher certification:
1. RECIPROCITY: As of February 1, 2011, Alabama requires all teacher candidates who were educated at an out-of-state school, like WGU, to possess an out-of-state teaching license prior to applying for an Alabama license.  WGU students will first license in our home-state of Utah, and then apply for their initial license in Alabama. 

2. DEGREE: Graduation from a Bachelor's degree program at a regionally accredited college or university.

3. PROGRAM: Graduation from a teacher preparation program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home-state of the program and that is regionally accredited and/or accredited by NCATE.


Note: Because Alabama requires a graduation date on the transcript submitted as verification of program completion, WGU students in a Masters of Arts in Teaching program must graduate prior to becoming eligible for certification in Alabama.  Due to Alabama licensing rules, Master of Arts in Teaching graduates will be eligible for bachelor-level certification.

4. BACKGROUND CLEARANCE: Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.

5. BASIC SKILLS EXAM: Passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5751).

6. CONTENT EXAMS: Passing scores on all of the required Praxis content exams.

7. PROGRAM RECENCY: Recency of study or experience, meaning that the teacher candidate must have completed teacher education coursework within the past five years.







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