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Alabama Alternative Certification Programs

Many students begin their college degree with a general idea of the career path they want to pursue. After earning a degree, some change their minds and wish to pursue a different career path. In some cases, this means obtaining teacher certification to become a teacher. With the alternative certification programs available in Alabama, residents are able to obtain this certification in a shorter period of time with less required coursework.


Program Name: Alternative Baccalaureate-Level Certificate

Program Mission and Overview:

The Alternative Baccalaureate-Level Certificate program in Alabama is designed to provide those who already have a bachelor’s degree access to a teaching certificate in a shorter period of time.
Through this program, candidates earn a three-year teaching certification that is the first step toward permanent certification.

During the course of study, candidates must complete 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours in the content area. Candidates must have the appropriate working or educational experience to qualify for this program.

This program covers all grade levels and specific content areas that include:

  • Art
  • Foreign Language
  • Music
  • Science
  • Math

Eligibility and How to Apply:
To be eligible for this program, candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Have at least two years of experience working in the field related to the content area.
  • Have 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours of related coursework.
  • Candidates may learn more about the application process from the Alabama DOE’sOffice of Teaching and Leading.

Financial Information:
Students are responsible for paying the costs associated with any coursework that is required for completing this program. These fees vary depending on which school candidates attend.

Program Name: Alternative Fifth-Year Program

Program Mission and Overview:
The Alternative Fifth-Year Program in Alabama allows candidates who already have a bachelor’s degree to spend an additional year in school to complete a master’s degree in teaching. This program is operated through universities throughout the state of Alabama. The Fifth-Year Program requires candidates to complete graduate-level coursework and to work full time in a classroom for one semester.

Eligibility and How to Apply:
Candidates for this program must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Pass the GRE or GMAT test.
  • Meet any other requirements of the chosen institution.
  • Fill out a graduate school application at a participating institution.

Financial Information:

Costs of this program vary depending on the institution the candidate chooses to attend. Most students will qualify for financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and federal or private student loans to fund the program.


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