Becoming an Alabama Teacher
Keep 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.
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:
- Alternative, emergency, interim, preliminary or professional educator certificates: Complete the requirements for the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program.
- 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
Below are the elementary school teacher salaries for some of the largest cities in Alabama:
|City||Median Annual Salary*|
Sources: Salary.com, February 2014; Alabama Teacher Elementary School Salaries.
*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.