Professional Licensure (Certification)
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) offers three levels of certification. The levels are as follows:
- Class B – awarded to those who have completed all requirements of an undergraduate level state-approved Educator Preparation Program
- Class A – awarded to those who have completed all requirements of a master’s level state-approved Educator Preparation Program. Class A certificates are issued to those who (1) completed an alternative master’s program that included clinical residency or (2) hold a valid Class B certificate in Alabama.
- Class AA – awarded to those who have (1) completed all requirements of an education specialist level state-approved Educator Preparation Program or (2) completed 30 hours of approved coursework beyond the master’s degree and hold a valid Class A certificate in Alabama
Changes in Certification Requirements while enrolled
The programs listed in the Auburn University catalog that lead to Alabama professional educator certification are subject to change to meet certification standards adopted by the Alabama State Board of Education (ALSBE).
Applying for Certification in Alabama
All students must complete the proper application form for Alabama certification. All information for applications will be emailed from the Office of Student Services after mid-term each semester.
Out-of-State Teaching License
Out-of-state students should check carefully the requirements of their respective states. For more information you can visit https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/reciprocity/. All applicants are encouraged to apply for Alabama certification before seeking reciprocity.
Teacher Certification FAQs
How do I verify my Alabama background check?
To review your Alabama background check, please visit https://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/SearchCerts.aspx.
What is the timeline for receiving my teacher certification from the Alabama State Department of Education after I graduate from Auburn University?
The Office of Student Services will process the certification applications AFTER the following items have been received:
- Completed ALSDE application packet
- Final AU transcript indicating “Degree Awarded”
- Passing edTPA® score from Pearson (for initial teacher certification only).
Once the application is processed by the Office of Student Services, it typically takes 6-8 weeks before you will receive your teaching certificate from the State of Alabama.
A student who does not apply for professional licensure within 60 months after completing the state-approved program will be required to meet the current program. Individuals must meet requirements in effect on the date the certification application and fee are received by Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE).
How do I order an official transcript from Auburn University?
To order your official transcript, visithttp://www.auburn.edu/administration/registrar/student.html.
What tests are required for certification?
For information on the required exams and the deadlines for taking them, please visit http://www.education.auburn.edu/testing.
What is edTPA®?
The Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) consists of 3-4 tasks (depending on your program): planning 3-5 lessons, video recording yourself teaching these 3-5 lessons, and collecting student work from these 3-5 lessons. You must earn a passing score as defined by the Alabama State Department of Education.
How can I get a copy of my Praxis scores?
You must request scores directly from ETS. A fee may be required. For more information you can visit https://www.ets.org/praxis/scores/.
How do I renew my Alabama teaching certificate?
For information on renewing your ALSDE certificate, please visit http://www.alsde.edu/sec/ec/Pages/professionaleducator-all.aspx?navtext=Certificate%20Renewal:%20Professional%20Educator.
How to I send a question to the Alabama State Department of Education?
To send a question to ALSDE, please visit www.alsde.edu/sec/ec/Pages/contactform.aspx?navtext=AL%20Educator%20Preparation:%20Certification%20Help.
What is the process for applying for certification if I did not apply when I graduated from Auburn University?
Please contact our office via email for information on the steps to take. In your email please include your name, when you were enrolled at Auburn University, and if possible, your student number or AU email address.