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Certification

Issuance of an Alabama teaching certificate is the legal responsibility of the Alabama State Department of Education. Universities and colleges cannot issue a professional certificate. However, in order to receive certification at the Class B level, a student must complete an appropriate course of study at a college or university which has been approved by the State Department of Education. When a student completes the course of study and program requirements, the institution recommends to the State Department of Education that the appropriate certificate be awarded.

Certification Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is Class “B” certification?

Class B certification is a level of Professional Educator Certification that requires completion of a Bachelor’s degree program.

2. What is the process for receiving a Class B certification from the Alabama State Department of Education?

It is the responsibility of the Athens State University student to complete the following steps in order to be recommended for certification by the Alabama State Department of Education.

Steps to receive Class B certification:

  1. Complete online NAL (certification) application located at the Alabama State Department’s website, www.alsde.edu. Print and sign application.
  2. Complete online payment for each level of certification. Amount subject to state modification. Fees may be paid online for licensure and certification. The website is www.alabamainteractive.org/education. Students seeking certification in more than one area will need to provide payment receipts for each additional certification.
  3. Satisfy the requirements of the Teacher Education Program including proof of passing score(s) on PRAXIS II Test(s) and the AECTP test, and proof of ABI/FBI background clearance.
  4. Complete transcript request to send an electronic Athens State University official transcript to the Alabama State Department of Education.
Certification documentation will be collected by the Certification Officer at the Certification Seminar. The Certification Seminar is held each fall and spring semester at the Athens State main campus. Attendance is mandatory for interns.

3. What are the steps for applying for certification outside of the state of Alabama?

Students seeking certification outside the state of Alabama should contact the respective State Department of Education for certification requirements.

4. How do I contact the Certification Office within the College of Education at Athens State University?

Jill Cook
Teacher Education Services
(256) 216-6601
Email
College of Education

5. If I am interested in alternative approaches to certification or ABC certification, who should I contact for advising and additional information?

Wanda Pryor
Transfer/Advising Center
Email
(256)233-8159

6. If I am seeking to reinstate my expired certification, what are the procedures?

For information go to the Alabama State Department of Education website.

For additional information contact Ms. Wanda Pryor.

Wanda Pryor
Transfer/Advising Center
Email
(256)233-8159

7. If I am seeking to reinstate my expired certification, who should I contact for advising and additional information?

Wanda Pryor
Transfer/Advising Center
Email
(256)233-8159

8. If I am seeking to renew my non-expired certification, what are the procedures?

Procedures to reinstate of an expired certification

Requirements:
  • 6 semester hours (2 courses- 300/400 level) OR proof of 50 clock hours of CEUs (Continuing Education Units) and 3 semester hours of college credit (1 course – 300/400 level).

Once the individual has met the above requirements, the following items need to be sent to the Ala. State Dept. of Education:
  • A completed application form (Located on the Alabama State Department of Education’s website.)
  • A $30.00 money order or cashier’s check made out to the Alabama State Department of Education
  • An official transcript depicting renewal classes
  • Copies of CEUs (if applicable)

NOTE: Courses taken for reinstatement of a teaching certificate must be upper level classes (300 to 400 level). The course must be on a plan of study for a degreed program that leads to certification.

It is recommended that individuals take courses from their degreed area, but courses may be taken from any plan of study for a degreed program that leads to certification.

Courses recommended for reinstatement:

SE 301 – Intro to Exceptional Learners
ED 322 - Basic Principles of ELL Ed.
ED 305 – Tech. and Media
HPE 354 – Contemporary Health and PE
AR 310- Fine Arts Connection
HPE 429- Early Childhood and Elementary Physical Education Curriculum
ER 309 – Early Brain Development
English Language Learner minor courses
Instructional Design minor courses
Educational Technology minor courses

For additional information contact Ms. Wanda Pryor.

Wanda Pryor
Transfer/Advising Center
Email
(256)233-8159

9. If I am seeking to renew my non-expired certification, who should I contact for advising and additional information?

Wanda Pryor
Transfer/Advising Center
Email
(256)233-8159

10. What are the procedures if I am in a non-certification degreed program and wish to change to a certification degreed program?

Step 1: Contact your advisor for details regarding required documentation.

Requirements:
  1. Purchase LiveText
  2. Passing scores on the AECTP
  3. Fingerprint and background check completed through SDE approved agency
  4. Current, negative TB test on file in the COE
  5. Completion of 22 days of Field Experience & Internship Office placed field experience visits
  6. Submission of field experience assessments (completed by the advisor or FE supervisor)
    • Educate Alabama Assessment
    • Professional Disposition Assessment
  7. Passing scores on all program associated Praxis Tests
  8. Admittance into the Teacher Education Program (TEP)
    • TEP Interview
    • TEP Portfolio
  9. Completion of all benchmark portfolio assessments
    • ED 301
    • TEP
    • Senior Methods
    • Internship
  10. Completion all courses, including Internship, that are on the current certification-track plan of study, with a grade of C or better
  11. Returning students who were previously admitted into TEP must undergo a plan of study review to ensure grade requirement compliance
  12. 12) Returning students who were previously admitted into TEP must undergo a plan of study review to ensure grade requirement compliance
*Requirements are subject to change. For the complete list of requirements you should contact a faculty advisor.



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