Alabama Teacher Education Programs

(found programs from 29 schools)

AL Dept of Education:
http://www.alsde.edu/
Teacher Certification in AL:
Alabama Teacher Certification Info

Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in Alabama. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in Alabama, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.

Overview

Sometimes referred to as the Yellowhammer State, Alabama has a population of roughly 4.7 million and is located in the Southeastern United States. The majority of the economy once relied on agriculture, but many Alabamians are now employed on U.S Army and Air Force bases. Though the capital of Alabama is Montgomery, the largest city by population is Birmingham and approximately 3.3 million people live in urban areas. Alabama has many waterways and as such, boating is a popular outdoor activity among residents. Other activities include camping, fishing and hunting.

Teacher Education in Alabama

State scholarships and financial aid programs include the Alabama Student Grant Program, the Lola B Curry Scholarship and the Jay Murphy Scholarship, specifically for those studying to become teachers.

Teaching Careers in Alabama

In order to become a teacher in Alabama you must meet the requirements of the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program in addition to being certified by a state-approved program. You may also become certified via reciprocal arrangements with other states or if your certification in other states is formally recognized. The mean annual income of teachers in Alabama is $45,730, according to 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those who choose to teach in postsecondary institutions are likely to earn more money, starting at $55,000 annually.

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