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Alabama Teaching Certificate Programs

Below you’ll find a comprehensive listing of the Graduate Teaching Certificate programs available from schools in Alabama. If you’re looking for initial teacher certification programs, check out either our list of Bachelors in Education Programs or Alabama Alternative Certification Programs. Most of the programs down below are for people who are already teachers.

Because Alabama has a number of teacher shortage areas, getting an add-on certificate in the state can be useful to teachers interested in working in another subject area. For example, the U.S. Department of Education has outlined art, band, family and consumer science, foreign language, guidance counseling, and special education as just a few of Alabama’s teacher shortage areas for 2011-2012. If you speak a foreign language fluently, play music proficiently, have always wanted to work as a counselor or would like to teach special education students, earning an add-on certificate in these areas can prepare you for a new field. In 2007, Alabama employed a little over 49,500 teachers, and almost 2,000 counselors, according to the Alabama State Department of Education.

Schools Offering Teaching Certificates in Alabama

At Auburn University, teachers can earn an add-on certificate in library media. Educators who want to become librarians need to earn this certification. Alabama schools employed almost 1,500 librarians in 2007. The University of Alabama in Huntsville offers add-on endorsements in collaborative special education and middle school for teachers who want to add these additional grade levels or student groups to their teaching licenses. Teachers wishing to attend school online can earn an add-on certificate in mild/moderate special education from Northwestern State University of Louisiana’s virtual campus. Alabama employed over 1,300 secondary special education teachers in May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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