There are a number of ways in which you can become a licensed school teacher in Alabama. The Alabama State Department of Education provides certificates to teachers in this state.
There are so many different ways to qualify for a certificate in Alabama that it can’t be easily summarized. So the best thing to do is to use tools on the Department of Education’s website to assist you in the fastest way you can qualify to get licensed, based upon your current status.
The basic requirements to become a teacher in Alabama include completion of at least a bachelor’s degree plus an educator preparation program. Some applicants might be able to get certified through an alternative certification program. You must also pass state and federal background checks to qualify for a certificate.
A good place to find out how to start working towards your license is the Educator Certification page on the Department of Education’s website:
Once you are on that page, a good place to start your research is the “I Want to Be a Teacher” page. On that page, there are multiple sections which may describe your situation. Click on the one that applies to you, and that section will expand to give you some guidance on how you may proceed to get your teacher’s license in Alabama. For example, if you do not yet have a bachelor’s degree, then the Department recommends that you enroll in an Alabama college or university’s bachelor-level educator preparation program. Conversely, if you have earned a non-education bachelor’s degree, you can enroll in an educator preparation program at the master’s degree level.
You might also need to take a Praxis test and an AECAP basic skills assessment. These tests are administered by ETS. You should be learning the content to be expected on the basic skills test through your educator preparation program. If you have to take a Praxis subject test, then you may need additional study in that subject area.