To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, all students must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Due to Alabama licensing rules, Master of Arts in Teaching graduates will be eligible for bachelor-level initial certification.
Initial Utah License Required: WGU program completers who wish to license in Alabama must first obtain a Utah license. To license in Utah applicants must first complete a Utah State Board of Education background check and submit passing score reports to the Utah State Board of Education for the content exam required for the certification for which they will apply. Once applicants have received their Utah teaching license, they may apply for an Alabama license.
Step 1: When you have completed your program, contact the WGU Licensure Department (email@example.com) to request that a WGU Certification Officer submit your online recommendation to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). The WGU Certification Officer will complete your recommendation and send you an email with instructions on how to claim your Utah teaching license.
Step 2: Go to the ALSDE Out of State Certificates Forms web page. Download and fill out Part 1 of 2 of the application, Supplement HTO. Be sure to put your name and social security number at the top of each page.
Part 2 of 2 of the Application, Form OTH, is completed online. This form generates a unique personal data barcode that must be included with your application packet. Pay close attention to the instructions at the top of each new screen. Please note some pages will require some applicants to enter "none". Be sure you do not include your student teaching information on the Education Experience page.
Step 3: Download the Supplement CER Form and the Supplement TST form. The CER form verifies you have a teaching license in UT. You will need to fill out and sign the top portion of it.
The TST form verifies that you completed testing requirements to satisfy Utah's content knowledge requirement(s). The Alabama State Department of Education may require additional exams for Alabama licensure at their discretion. You will need to fill out and sign only the first of the two TST pages.
Step 4: Mail both forms (3 pages total) to the Utah State Board of Education:
Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
P O Box 144200
Salt Lake City UT 84114
The USBE will forward the forms directly to the Alabama Department of Education.
Note: The AL DOE will not accept a print-out of your UT license as verification that your license is valid.
Step 5: Request official transcripts to be sent in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation.
If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Alabama will not accept WGU transcripts without a printed graduation date. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 6: Applicants who have not yet completed an Alabama State Department of Education background clearance must complete one. Note that all WGU students who complete field experiences in Alabama should have completed this background check prior to placement.
Step 7: When you have completed these steps, compile all of the requested documents into one package:
Step 8: Submit your complete application to:
State of Alabama Department of Education
Teacher Education and Certification Office
5215 Gordon Persons Building
PO Box 302101
Montgomery, AL 36130-2101
Additional Information: You may wish to create an Alabama State Department of Education
Standard Application, which allows teachers to apply online to every school district in Alabama with one electronic application. The site has a statewide job board which lists all teaching vacancies in every school system in Alabama.
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