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Learn more about the process for becoming certified to teach in the Alabama region.

Becoming Certified to Teach

Certification can be obtained in two to three years depending on route taken:

  • Two years for a master's degree (Interim Employment Certificate – IEC )
  • Three years for the non-masters degree route (Provisional Certificate in Teaching Field - PCTF)

Alternative Certification with a Master’s Degree

A master's degree is required for elementary, but not for secondary. The master's degree can be completed in two years.

Teachers have elected to take master's courses at the following universities:

Alternative Certification (No Master’s Degree)

To receive certification without obtaining a master’s degree, Teach For America Alabama has teamed up with Athens State University to offer online courses towards alternative certification.

Download the Teach For America - Alabama Certification Guide to find more details about specific tests, dates and pathways to becoming certified.


Up Front Testing Costs: $120 - $180

Costs range depending on which certification degree is taken

  • Praxis II in subject area: $120 - $180

Up Front Certification Costs: $120

Costs depend on which certification path a teacher chooses and the university partner. Some schools may require only the application fee, and some may require a percentage of their first semester’s tuition up front.

Ongoing Certification Costs: $3,000 - $10,000

Costs can range depending on whether teachers want to pursue a post-baccalaureate alternative teaching certification (lower end of cost spectrum) or a Master’s Degree.