​​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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​To earn a Professional Educator Certificate in the areas of early childhood, elementary, or special education an Alabama educator preparation program must be completed. An individual should contact certification personnel at the for ALABAMA college or university for unconditional admission requirements. 

 

Individuals who have been unconditionally admitted to an Alternative Class A (master's) Program at an ALABAMA college or university may be employed on an alternative certificate while completing the program. An Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible non-public school administrator may request an Interim Employment Certificate (IEC) to facilitate employment. The school system or eligible non-public school in which employment is desired should be contacted. 

 

For the IEC quick reference guide click here.

For the IEC applications and all-inclusive information click here.

 

Additional Information:

  1. An IEC is not available to individuals attending a college or university outside of Alabama.
  2. If a master's or higher degree is already held, an individual must still contact certification personnel at the Alabama college or university about completing requirements of the educator preparation program.
General Information1/23/2018 1:32 PMMy background is not in education, but I would like to teach early childhood, elementary, or special education. What do I do?

​To earn a Professional Educator Certificate in a foreign language, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts, the following alternative approach options are available:

 

Option 1

The Provisional Certificate in a Teaching Field (PCTF) Approach is a three year alternative approach that involves the completion of testing, coursework, and on the job training. These certificates must be requested by an employing Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible non-public school administrator.  An individual should contact the school system or eligible non-public school in which employment is desired for information concerning eligibility requirements.

 

For the PCTF quick reference guide click here.

For the PCTF applications and all-inclusive information click here.

 

Option 2

An individual may complete an educator preparation program at an ALABAMA college or university. The certification personnel at the ALABAMA college or university must be contacted for unconditional admission requirements. 

 

Individuals who have been unconditionally admitted to an Alternative Class A (master's) Program may be employed on an alternative certificate while completing the program. An Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible non-public school administrator may request an Interim Employment Certificate (IEC) to facilitate employment. The school system or eligible non-public school in which employment is desired should be contacted. 

 

For the IEC quick reference guide click here.

For the IEC applications and all-inclusive information click here.

 

Additional Information:

  1. An IEC is not available to individuals attending a college or university outside of Alabama.
  2. If a master's or higher degree is already held, an individual must still contact certification personnel at the Alabama college or university about completing requirements of the educator preparation program.
General Information1/23/2018 4:57 PMMy background is not in education, but I would like to teach a foreign language, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. What do I do?

​To earn a Middle Level Professional Educator Certificate in English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies, the following option is available:

 

The Provisional Certificate in a Teaching Field (PCTF) Approach is a three year alternative approach that involves the completion of testing, coursework, and on the job training. These certificates must be requested by an employing Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible non-public school administrator.  An individual should contact the school system or eligible non-public school in which employment is desired for information concerning eligibility requirements.

 

For the PCTF quick reference guide click here.

For the PCTF applications and all-inclusive information click here.

General Information1/23/2018 4:57 PMMy background is not in education, but I would like to teach English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies at the MIDDLE SCHOOL level. What do I do?

​To earn a Secondary Professional Educator Certificate in an area of English language arts, health, mathematics, physical education, science, or social studies the following options are available:

 

Option 1

The Provisional Certificate in a Teaching Field (PCTF) Approach is a three year alternative approach that involves the completion of testing, coursework, and on the job training. These certificates must be requested by an employing Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible non-public school administrator.  An individual should contact the school system or eligible non-public school in which employment is desired for information concerning eligibility requirements.

 

For the PCTF quick reference guide click here.

For the PCTF applications and all-inclusive information click here.

 

Option 2

An individual may complete an educator preparation program at an ALABAMA college or university. The certification personnel at the ALABAMA college or university must be contacted for unconditional admission requirements. 

 

Individuals who have been unconditionally admitted to an Alternative Class A (master's) Program may be employed on an alternative certificate while completing the program. An Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible non-public school administrator may request an Interim Employment Certificate (IEC) to facilitate employment. The school system or eligible non-public school in which employment is desired should be contacted. 

 

For the IEC quick reference guide click here.

For the IEC applications and all-inclusive information click here.

 

Additional Information:

  1. An IEC is not available to individuals attending a college or university outside of Alabama.
  2. If a master's or higher degree is already held, an individual must still contact certification personnel at the Alabama college or university about completing requirements of the educator preparation program.
General Information1/23/2018 4:58 PMMy background is not in education, but I would like to teach an area of English language arts, health, mathematics, physical education, science, or social studies at the HIGH SCHOOL level. What do I do?