Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - Alabama


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website https://www.alsde.edu/sec/ec/Pages/home.aspx
State information on reciprocity https://www.alsde.edu/sec/ec/Pages/outofstatecertificates-all.aspx?navtext=Out%20of%20State%20Certificates
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? Yes. Alabama is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? No. AL ADC 290-3-2-.20
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Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? N/A. The state does not have additional coursework requirements in place.
Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates. Candidates must: 1) pass the Alabama-prescribed Praxis Subject Area Test(s), 2) verify a content knowledge test was passed for issuance of a valid professional educator certificate in the candidate’s issuing state, OR 3) request a review of his/her professional work experience in place of these assessment requirements. The candidate must have a valid professional educator certificate from another state (with no deficiencies, other than experience or state-specific coursework) and verify three full years of full-time professional educational work experience in that state within ten years prior to applying for Alabama certification. This professional educational work experience must have been in the area of certification on the certificate and in the area for which Alabama certification is being sought. AL ADC 290-3-2-.20
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Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? Yes. Out-of-state candidates who can verify three years of full-time professional educational work experience within ten years prior to applying for Alabama licensure in the certification area being sought may be exempted from assessment requirements. AL ADC 290-3-2-.20
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Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? No. AL ADC 290-3-2-.20
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Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? Yes. Alabama has three main licensure levels: Class B, Class A and Class AA. Class B certificates are issued at the bachelor’s degree level, Class A certificates are offered at the master’s degree level, and Class AA certificates are offered at the and sixth-year/education specialist level. If a valid professional educator certificate issued by another state does not reflect a degree level, a “Supplement VER” may be requested by the Educator Certification Section. The purpose of the Supplement VER is to determine whether an applicant who is eligible for Alabama certification in an area may be offered an advanced degree level of Alabama certification in that area. Advanced degree level certification may be considered if a state approved P-12 educator preparation program leading to certification or licensure has been completed at an advanced degree level in the area of Alabama certification being offered. The program must require at least 30 semester hours of graduate credit and the transcript must post a major in the teaching field at the degree level of the program. However, if by institutional policy a major in the teaching field is not posted, verification of having earned at least 12 semester hours of discipline specific graduate credit is required. The 12 semester hours of graduate credit may not include credit for internship, practicum, student teaching, or lab experiences. This credit must have been earned prior to the date of program completion and must not have been applied to the prior issuance of an Alabama certificate in any area. AL ADC 290-3-2-.20
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Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? Yes.  Alabama expedites the review of applications from military personnel and their spouses.  In addition, Alabama offers a one year Emergency Certificate for an individual to be employed while completing any certification requirements. 

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