​​Educator Certification > I Want to be a Teacher: General Information
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This page tells individuals, whose background is not in the area of education, how to become a teacher in Alabama.
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Q. ​My background is not in the field of education and I would like to be a teacher.  I do not have a degree. 

 

A. You will need to speak with the certification officer at an Alabama college/university about completing a bachelor's degree level educator preparation program in the field you would like to teach. 

 

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application is received in the Educator Certification Section. 
General Information12/27/2016 3:44 PMMy background is not in education, I do not have a degree.

Q. Can I just take a test to get a teaching certificate.

 

A. No, this is not an option in Alabama.

 

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application is received in the Educator Certification Section. 
General Information12/27/2016 3:40 PMMy background is not in education, I have taken a Praxis II test.

Q. My background is not in the field of education and I would like to be a teacher.  I earned a bachelor's degree, with an overall grade point average of 2.75 (or above) on a 4.0 scale, from a senior college/university that was regionally accredited at the time I earned my degree. 

 

A. There are two alternative approaches to Alabama certification you may pursue:

 

Alternative Class A (master's degree level) State-Approved Educator Preparation Program Approach:

 

For all teaching fields (early childhood P-3, elementary education K-6, middle school 4-8, secondary 6-12, elementary-secondary P-12, or special education K-6/6-12) you will need to speak with the certification officer at an Alabama college/university about completing an Alternative Class A  educator preparation program. This approach leads to Class A certification.  If you are unconditionally admitted to one of these programs at an Alabama college/university, an Alabama school system or eligible nonpublic/private school may request up to 3 Interim Employment Certificates for you.  The Interim Employment Certificate will allow you to be employed as a teacher in the field of your program for up to 3 years while you are completing the educator preparation program.


 
Provisional Certificate in a Teaching Field or  Provisional Certificate in a Career and Technical Teaching Field Approach:

 

For most teaching fields for grades 6-12 or P-12, you may wish to review information pertaining to the  Provisional Certificate in a Teaching Field or the Provisional Certificate in a Career and Technical Teaching Field Approach.  These approaches lead to Class B (bachelor's degree level) certification.  An Alabama school system or eligible nonpublic/private school may request up to 3  Provisional Certificates in a Teaching Field or Provisional Certificates in a Career and Technical Teaching Field  for you.  


 

An individual should contact the school system or eligible nonpublic/private school in which employment is desired for information concerning employment while holding an alternative certificate.


 
Another approach you may pursue is:

 

Earn a professional educator certificate outside of Alabama and apply based on certificate reciprocity requirements in effect at that 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 is received in the Educator Certification Section. 
General Information12/27/2016 3:57 PMMy background is not in education, I have a bachelor's degree. 

Q. ​My background is not in the field of education and I would like to be a teacher of career and technical subjects. 

 

A. For the career and technical education teaching fields of health science and technical education (e.g. building construction, cosmetology, plumbing, welding) you may wish to review information pertaining to Career and Technical Education Degree Equivalent Certificates in health science and Degree Certificates in technical education program areas.

 

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application is received in the Educator Certification Section. 
General Information12/27/2016 4:09 PMMy background is not in education, I would like to teach career and technical subjects.

Q. My background is not in the field of education and I would like to be a teacher.  I earned a bachelor's degree from a senior college/university that was regionally accredited at the time I earned my degree; however my overall grade point average was less than a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

 

A. Some options for you would be to:

  • Speak with the certification officer at an Alabama college/university about completing requirements of a Class B (bachelor's degree level) educator preparation program.  OR

 

  • Earn another bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited senior college/university and complete the degree with an overall grade point average of at least a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and then pursue an alternative approach. OR

 

  • Earn a master's degree from a regionally accredited senior college/university with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and then pursue an alternative approach. OR

 

  • Earn a professional educator certificate outside of Alabama and apply based on certificate reciprocity requirements in effect at that 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 is received in the Educator Certification Section. 
General Information12/27/2016 4:14 PMMy background is not in education, I have a bachelor's degree with a grade point average of less than a 2.75.

​Q. I do not have the necessary overall grade point average of a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale to begin an alternative certificate approach. Can I take additional courses to raise my grade point average?

 

A. Additional coursework cannot be completed to raise the grade point average.  The grade point average must be the grade point average that was used as the basis for granting the degree and posted on the official transcript of the degree-granting college/university.

 

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application is received in the Educator Certification Section. 
General Information12/27/2016 4:16 PMMy background is not in education, I have a bachelor's degree with a grade point average of less than a 2.75.  I want to raise my grade point average.

Q. ​I do not have the necessary overall grade point average of a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale to begin an alternative certificate approach. Can I combine my grade point averages from different colleges/universities?

 

A. Grade point averages from different colleges/universities cannot be combined. The grade point average must be the grade point average that was used as the basis for granting the degree and posted on the official transcript of the degree-granting college/university.

 

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application is received in the Educator Certification Section. 
General Information12/27/2016 4:17 PMMy background is not in education, I have a bachelor's degree with a grade point average of less than a 2.75.  I want to combine my grade point averages.

​Q. My background is not in the field of education and I would like to be a teacher.  I earned a bachelor's degree from a senior college/university that was regionally accredited at the time I earned my degree; however my overall grade point average was less than a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.  I also earned my master's (or higher) degree from a senior college/university that was regionally accredited at the time I earned my degree with an overall grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale. 

 

A. If the master's degree is used, you must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

 

Please also view question My background is not in education, I have a bachelor's degree for other certification options.

 

This response is based on current requirements and requirements are subject to change.  Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the application is received in the Educator Certification Section. 
General Information9/18/2017 11:47 AMMy background is not in education, I have a bachelor's degree with a grade point average of less than a 2.75.  I also have a master's (or higher) degree with a grade point average of 3.0.

​Q. How do I apply for an alternative certificate?

 

A. An individual cannot apply for an alternative certificate.

 

An alternative certificate must be requested by the employing county/city superintendent of an Alabama public school system or the administrator of an eligible Alabama nonpublic/private school. 

 

An individual should contact the school system or eligible nonpublic/private school in which employment is desired for information concerning employment while holding an alternative 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 is received in the Educator Certification Section. 
General Information12/27/2016 4:24 PMSubmitting an application for an alternative certificate.

​Q. Can someone in Educator Certification review my transcripts to determine if I am eligible for alternative certification?

 

A. The Educator Certification Section does not review transcripts or determine eligibility for alternative certification.  The alternative certification process begins with an Alabama public school system or eligible nonpublic/private 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 is received in the Educator Certification Section. 
General Information12/27/2016 4:25 PMI want someone in the Educator Certification Section to review my transcripts.