April 14, 2018

Alabama Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $40,347
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $36,170

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Alabama schools. For special coursework and teacher preparation requirements, some of which depend on the teacher’s specialty, go to the following Web site: Teacher Education and Certification Publications

For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Alabama, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:

Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (APTTP) Official Site

You’ll also need to take one or more of the following tests in specific subject areas:

Praxis II Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test

Certification is just the beginning

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Alabama has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Alabama Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.

Strong induction policies: Yes.

After teaching in Alabama for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure. Alabama

For Further Information

You can contact the Alabama State Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:

State of Alabama
Department of Education
5201 Gordon Persons Building
Post Office Box 302101
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2101
Or you can call the Teacher Education and Certification Office at (334) 242-9977. In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Alabama teacher teacher certification process:

Alabama Department of Education
Teacher Education and Certification