Become a Teacher in Alabama

Alabama Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $49,040
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $49,790
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

To become a certified teacher in Alabama, you will need to fulfill these requirements:

  • Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
  • Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Step Three: Pass required exams.
  • Step Four: Submit an Alabama teaching credential application.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.

Step One: Alabama Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Here are Alabama’s undergraduate prerequisites for some of the most popular specialty areas, according to the Alabama State Board of Education:

  • Elementary Education: The elementary education curriculum requires a teaching field of at least 32 semester hours with at least 19 semester hours of upper-division credit.
  • Secondary English/Language Arts: The English program requires an academic major of at least 32 semester hours of credit with at least 19 semester hours of upper-division credit.
  • Secondary Mathematics: The mathematics program requires an academic major of at least 32 semester hours of credit with at least 19 semester hours of upper-division credit.
  • Secondary History/Social Science: The history program requires an academic major of at least 32 semester hours of credit with at least 19 semester hours of upper-division credit.
  • Secondary Science: The science program requires an academic major of at least 32 semester hours of credit with at least 19 semester hours of upper-division credit.

Typically, teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork involved in an accredited teacher preparation program. The curricula often include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design, and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

Step Three: Alabama Required Tests

In order to become a certified teacher in Alabama, the Alabama State Department of Education requires that all teaching candidates complete the Basic Skills Assessment requirement along with any content-specific competence assessments (Praxis Exam) required for their level of instruction. The Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP) consists of two assessments: the Basic Skills Assessment and the Praxis II Content Exam.

Basic Skills Assessment

The Basic Skills Assessment consists of three sections: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Writing. These assessments measure the foundational skills that are required for becoming an effective educator in the State of Alabama.

  • Applied Mathematics: Measures basic skills related to mathematical reasoning that are applicable to classroom and work-related problems
    • Multiple-choice questions
    • 45 minutes
  • Reading for Information: Measures basic skills related to reading through use of work-related information, including instructions, policies, manuals, and government regulations
    • Multiple-choice questions
    • 45 minutes
  • Writing: Examinees are required to write an original response to a work-related situation
    • Extended response
    • 30 minutes

Alabama Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Alabama provides differential pay for teachers teaching in high needs schools and for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Alabama has limited/weak induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $49,040, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $49,790, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Average Public School Teacher Salary: $49,497, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Level-specific Alabama public school teacher salary schedules.
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15 weeks of vacation per year