Teacher Certification

Alabama teaching certificates are the legal responsibility of the Alabama State Department of Education. Colleges and universities cannot issue professional certificates. In order to be recommended for a professional teacher's certificate, candidates must complete a state approved program. It is the candidate's responsibility to initiate the application for the initial certificate.

Initial Certification for Undergraduate Candidates

Approved undergraduate programs offered by the UAH College of Education are designed to prepare candidates for professional Class B certification with a bachelor's degree.

To be recommended for an initial (Class B) certificate, undergraduate candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all UAH and department requirements.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all teaching field and education courses, including the internship with a "C" or better.
  3. Grade point average in overall coursework (2.5); teaching field (2.5); in Education (2.75).
  4. Satisfactory intern evaluations by cooperating teachers and university supervisors.
  5. Satisfactory Exit Portfolio Review.
  6. Individuals who hold a valid Alabama substitute teacher's license must submit to the certification officer a copy of the substitute license along with all certification application paperwork.
  7. Candidates who expect to teach in states other than Alabama are responsible for knowledge of licensure requirements of those states. Such candidates should inform the certification officer of their intentions.

Initial Certification for Alternative Master's (5th Year) Candidates

Approved Alternative Master's programs offered by the UAH Department of Education are designed to prepare candidates for an initial professional Class A certification with a master's degree.

To be recommended for an initial (Class A) certificate, alternative (5th year) master's candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all UAH and department requirements
  2. Satisfactory completion of all teaching field and education courses, including the internship with a "C" or better.
  3. Grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall coursework, teaching field, and in Education.
  4. Satisfactory intern evaluations by cooperating teachers and university supervisor.
  5. Satisfactory Exit Portfolio Review
  6. Individuals who hold a valid Alabama substitute teacher's license must submit to the certification officer a copy of the substitute license along with all certification application paperwork.
  7. Candidates who expect to teach in states other than Alabama are responsible for knowledge of the licensure requirements of those states. Such candidates should inform the certification officer of their intentions.

Advanced Master's Certification

Approved Advanced Master's programs offered by the UAH Department of Education are designed to prepare candidates for an advanced professional Class A certification with a master's degree.

To be recommended for the advanced (Class A) certificate, master's candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all UAH and department requirements
  2. Satisfactory completion of all teaching field and education courses, including the internship with a "C" or better.
  3. Grade point average of 3.0 or higher in overall coursework, teaching field, and in Education.
  4. Satisfactory intern evaluations by cooperating teachers and university supervisor.
  5. Satisfactory Exit Review – portfolio or research project
  6. Candidates who expect to teach in states other than Alabama are responsible for knowledge of the licensure requirements of those states. Such candidates should inform the certification officer of their intentions.

Certificate Renewal

  1. The initial Class B and Class A certificates are valid for five years. This certification may be renewed upon verification of successful teaching for three years and completion of an approved professional development program or earning upper division or graduate level credit in the certification area.
  2. Individuals who allow their certificates to lapse for more than 6 months will be required to renew their certificates, obtain another background clearance, and meet requirements of the Alabama Professional Teacher Testing (APTT) program for issuance of a renewed certificate or license. The UAH Department of Education in accordance with the Alabama State Board of Education provides courses for persons who wish to renew their certificates.