​​​​​​​​​Educator ​Certification > Other Approaches​ ​FAQs: Certificate Renewal​
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Who can request an Emergency Certificate? 

​The Emergency Certificate must be requested by the employing county/city superintendent or administrator of an eligible nonpublic school.  

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Emergency3/30/2015 11:15 AM
Do I have to hold a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or a valid Alabama Professional Leadership Certificate to apply through the Additional Certification in Driver and Traffic Safety Education Approach? 

Yes. Individuals who hold a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or a valid Alabama Professional Leadership Certificate may apply for a Secondary Professional Educator Certificate endorsed in Driver and Traffic Safety Education, provided the appropriate coursework has been completed.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Driver and Traffic Safety Education3/30/2015 11:14 AM
If I am eligible for an Alabama Professional Educator Certificate (PEC) through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Approach at what degree level will my certificate be issued?

​If an individual qualifies for a PEC through the NBPTS Approach, the PEC will be issued at the degree level of their highest degree, from a senior institution that was regionally accredited at the time the degree was conferred, in the area of the NBPTS certificate to be issued or in an education field. 

 

Please note: Alabama does not issue certificates at levels above the Class AA (sixth year/ education specialist) level.

 

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
National Board3/30/2015 11:17 AM
Are speech/language pathologists who desire to serve in Alabama public schools required to hold an Alabama Certificate?

​Yes. In order to be employed as a speech/language pathologist in an Alabama public school an individual must hold a certificate issued by the Alabama State Department of Education, Educator Certification Section.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Speech or Language Impairment3/30/2015 11:17 AM
Which agencies are approved and recognized by the Educator Certification Section to evaluate degrees completed in another country and how do I contact those agencies?

​The approved agencies and contact information may be found on Application Part 1 of 2 and Summary of Requirements for the Foreign Credentials Approach. 

 

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Foreign Credentials3/30/2015 12:41 PM
What degree is required for the issuance of an Emergency Certificate? 

​The applicant must hold at least a bachelor's degree from a senior institution that was regionally accredited at the time the degree was earned.  Official transcripts of all degrees and credits earned must be submitted for verification.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Emergency3/30/2015 11:15 AM
What classes must be taken to meet the Additional Certification in Driver and Traffic Safety Education Approach?

​Credit must be earned for the basic and advanced driver education courses provided by the Alabama State Department of Education in cooperation with one or more Alabama institutions of higher education. 

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Driver and Traffic Safety Education3/30/2015 11:14 AM
What certification approaches are available in Alabama to become certified in speech or language impairment?

​The following approaches are available to individuals who want to become certified in Alabama in speech or language impairment:

 

*Speech or Language Impairment Approach  

*Certificate Reciprocity Approach – Speech or Language Impairment

*Preliminary Certificate Approach

*Speech Language Pathology Assistant Certificate Approach

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Speech or Language Impairment3/30/2015 11:18 AM
Is background clearance required of individuals with foreign credentials?

​Yes.

Foreign Credentials3/30/2015 11:11 AM
Is background clearance required for issuance of the Emergency Certificate? 

​Yes.  An Emergency Certificate will not be issued until background clearance is received.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Emergency3/30/2015 11:16 AM
What if I have taken Driver Education courses in a state other than Alabama?  

​Out of state coursework cannot be used to add the Driver and Traffic Safety Education endorsement through this approach.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Driver and Traffic Safety Education3/30/2015 11:14 AM
Are legal aliens (permanent residents) eligible to teach in the state of Alabama?

​Yes. Individuals who are not citizens of the United States, but reside here lawfully, are eligible to teach in Alabama provided they meet all requirements for obtaining Alabama certification.

 

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Foreign Credentials3/30/2015 12:41 PM
What is the valid period for an Emergency Certificate? 

​The Emergency Certificate is valid from the date of issuance through the remainder of the scholastic year.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Emergency3/30/2015 11:16 AM
Is any testing required for Certification in Driver and Traffic Safety Education? 

​No testing is required to add the endorsement of Driver and Traffic Safety Education.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Driver and Traffic Safety Education3/30/2015 11:14 AM
Is testing required for the Foreign Credentials Approach?

​Yes. Individuals must successfully meet the current requirements of the Alabama Educator Certificate Assessment Program (AECAP) basic skills assessments and Alabama-prescribed Praxis II test(s).

 

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Foreign Credentials3/30/2015 12:41 PM
Can an Emergency Certificate be issued in more than one area? 

No.  The Emergency Certificate can only be issued in one teaching field or area of instructional support.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Emergency3/30/2015 11:16 AM
Is the Additional Certification in Driver and Traffic Safety Education Approach only available to individuals in a public school system?

​No.  It is available to any eligible applicant regardless of employment or the location of employment.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Driver and Traffic Safety Education3/30/2015 11:15 AM
Are there any areas for which an Emergency Certificate will not be issued? 

​The Emergency Certificate will not be issued for driver and traffic safety education, school psychometry, or school psychology.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Emergency3/30/2015 11:16 AM
If I started the Preliminary Certificate Through Exception Approach in Driver and Traffic Safety Education and did not finish it, am I allowed to pursue the Additional Certification in Driver and Traffic Safety Education Approach?

​Yes. All requirements for the approach are found on the application. The Preliminary Certificate Through Exception Approach in Driver and Traffic Safety Education is no longer a certification option regardless of whether it was finished or not.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Driver and Traffic Safety Education3/30/2015 11:15 AM
I previously held an Emergency Certificate can I have another one issued?

​The Emergency Certificate cannot be continued, renewed, reinstated, or reissued.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Emergency3/30/2015 11:16 AM
Is there a recency requirement on the basic and advanced driver education courses provided by the Alabama State Department of Education in cooperation with one or more Alabama institutions of higher education?

​No. Not at this time.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Driver and Traffic Safety Education3/30/2015 11:15 AM
I hold a valid Alabama certificate, can I be issued an Emergency Certificate? 

​No.  The Emergency Certificate will not be issued to an individual who holds a valid Alabama certificate.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Emergency3/30/2015 11:17 AM
What degree level and certification area does the Additional Certification in Driver and Traffic Safety Education Approach lead to? 

​For all eligible applicants, it leads to a Class B (bachelor's degree) level, Secondary Professional Educator Certificate in Driver and Traffic Safety Education, grades 6-12.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
Driver and Traffic Safety Education3/30/2015 11:15 AM
Can I be deemed highly qualified while holding an Emergency Certificate? 

No. An Emergency Certificate does not allow an individual to be deemed highly qualifed.

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application and fee are received in the Educator Certification Section. 
 
Emergency3/30/2015 11:17 AM
Where can I find additional information regarding driver and traffic safety education?

​Individuals may contact the Driver Education Section of the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) at 334-242-8220 or visit http://web.alsde.edu/home/Sections/SectionFAQs.aspx?SectionID=92.

Driver and Traffic Safety Education3/25/2015 12:49 PM
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