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.
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Alabama Teaching Degree Info
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 Bachelor’s 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.
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.
Accredited Teaching Schools in Alabama
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Campus based teaching schools in Alabama
Alabama A&M University
College of Education; Humanities; and Behavioral Sciences
Programs: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Physical Education; Secondary Education; Special Education; Social Work; Visual Arts; Graduate Programs.
Alabama State University
Class "A" Certificate Programs; Class "B" Certificate Programs; Non-Certificate Programs; and Education Specialist Programs
Programs: Biology and Secondary Education; Business/Marketing & Secondary Education; Chemistry & Secondary Education; Collaborative Education (Collaborative Teacher K-6; Collaborative Teacher 6-12); Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; English & Secondary Education; Health Education; History & Secondary Education; Math & Secondary Education; Physical Education; Spanish & Secondary Education
Athens State University
Programs: Collaborative Teacher 6-12 (Special Education); Collaborative Teacher K-6 (Special Education); Early Childhood Education P-3; Elementary /Collaborative K-6; Physical Education P-12; Technical Education.
NCATE Recognized Programs: Bachelor's - Collaborative Teacher; K-12; Bachelor's - Elementary Education ; Bachelor's - Mathematics Education; Post Baccalaureate - Mathematics Education Post-Bacc.
Programs: Administration; Adult Education; Counseling Psychology; Foreign Language (French; German; Spanish); Music Education; Kinesiology; Library; Science Education (Biology; Chemistry; Physics); Social Science Education; Special Education; view website for all programs.
Auburn University Montgomery
Programs: Various undergraduate and graduate degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Special Education; Kinesiology; Counselor Education; Instructional Leadership; and Instructional Technology
Programs: Elementary/Collaborative Education Bachelor of Science grades K-6; Secondary Education grades 6-12 (Biology; Chemistry; English Language Arts (English Degree); General Social Science (History or History/Political Science Degree); History; Math; Physics; Spanish); Arts Education grades P-12 (Visual Arts; Music Education); Religion-Education (non-certification)
Undergraduate Programs: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Physical Education; Secondary Education certifications (Biology; General Science; History; General Social Science; English Language Arts; Mathematics; Music Education (Choral); Music Education (Instrumental); Theater; Physical Education) Graduate Programs: Master of Science in Counseling; Master of Education; Master of Arts in Teaching (Biology; English; History; Math)
Jacksonville State University
Programs: Counselor Education; Early Childhood Education (B.S. Ed.; M.S.ED - General; Special Education); Elementary Education (B.S. Ed.; M.S.ED); Library Media; B.A.; M.A. - General Music; Music Education; Physical Education; Secondary Education (B.S. Ed.; M.S.ED - Biology; Business/Marketing Education; Career Technologies Education; English Language Arts; Family & Consumer Science; French; General Science; German; History; Mathematics; Social Science; Spanish; Technology Education; M.S.ED - Biology; Business/Marketing Education; English Language Arts; Family & Consumer Science; General Science; History; Mathematics; Social Science); Special Education
Departments: Adult & Continuing Education; School of Education & Social Sciences; School of Arts & Sciences
Undergraduate Programs: Child Development Education; Early Childhood Education; Early Childhood Special Education; Elementary Collaborative Education (P-6th Grade); Elementary Education; Instrumental Music Education; Mathematics; Music; Secondary Teacher Education (6-12); Sport Administration; Vocal/Choral Music Education
Graduate Programs: Early Childhood and Elementary Education (5th Year) (M.S.E.); Elementary Education (M.S.E.); Secondary Education (5th-Year Nontraditional) (M.S.E.); Social Work (M.S.W.); Speech Language Pathology (M.S.); Teacher Leader (Ed.S.); Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
Programs: Elementary Education
The University of Alabama
NCATE Accredited Programs: School Psychology (Doctorate; Specialist or C.A.S.)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
The University of West Alabama
University of Montevallo
University of North Alabama
University of South Alabama