Find Alabama Teacher Education and Career Info

Becoming a Teacher in Alabama

teaching-usa-alabama-teacherKeep reading to learn about Alabama teacher certification, find teacher salary information and discover the outlook for teachers in the state.

If you have specific questions about becoming a teacher in Alabama, or want to see whether you already qualify, contact the Alabama Department of Education (ADE). They’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

Teacher Certification

To become a teacher in Alabama, you’ll need to satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree
  • Pass the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program
  • Meet background clearance requirements

Class A teacher certification is the next level of licensure for Alabama teachers. To get class A certification, you’ll need to finish an approved teacher education master’s degree.

A Class AA teaching certificate is the highest level of Alabama certification. To earn this level of certification, you must complete an approved educational specialist degree or an approved sixth-year teacher education program.

Alternate Teaching Certification

For those who qualify, there are several ways to get alternate teacher certification in Alabama:

  • Reciprocal state teacher certification: If you are certified to teach in another state, you may already be eligible for Alabama teacher certification.
  • Troops to Teachers: If you have finished your military service, there are expedited ways to become a teacher in Alabama.

For questions about all forms of alternate teacher certification, email the ADE.

Alabama Teacher Salaries

Teachers are well-paid in Alabama, and they work in cities large and small, and in rural communities across the state.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook, secondary school teachers in Alabama make a median salary of $49,880.

If you’d like to share your passion and contribute to the success of kids of every age, teaching might be a great career choice.


*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.


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