Alternative Baccalaureate Level Certification (ABC)
Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree from an approved institution earned by September 1st if the ABC is to be valid from the previous July 1st.
In addition to an earned Bachelor's degree, the applicant must complete one of the following requirements:
- Verification of a passing score on the prescribed Praxis II subject assessment of the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (APTTP) attained prior to September 1st.
- Verification of an academic major in the teaching field through transcripts.
- For single teaching fields, transcript verification of at least 32 semester hours appropriate to the teaching field including 19 hours of upper division coursework.
- For comprehensive teaching fields of English Language Arts, General Social Studies, and General Science, transcript verification is needed of the component area major and one course in each of the specified areas:
||Specified Additional Courses Needed
|English Language Arts
||English, Speech, Drama/Theater, Journalism, and The Teaching of Reading
||Biology, Chemistry, Earth or Space Science, and Physics
|General Social Science
||Economics, Geography, History, and Political Science
If you have not already completed the appropriate examinations, you will need to provide proof of registration for the basic skills assessment and prescribed Praxis II examination of the APTTP for test administration dates prior to May 1st of the valid period of the first ABC.
You will need to be assigned a mentor prior to qualification for certification. Your employer will most likely be the one who provides your mentor.
Criminal History Background Check
All applicants for Alternative Baccalaureate Level Certification in Alabama will have to complete a Criminal History Background Check through the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The certification/licensure applicant will be fingerprinted and will need to authorize their criminal history information to be submitted for review by the Alabama Department of Education. Fees are associated with the fingerprinting service.
Locations for third party fingerprinting services will be at your local police department or through additional locations that will be disclosed through your education program's certification officer.
Find more information regarding alternative certification routes, requirements and procedures by contacting the Alabama Department of Education by phone: (334) 353-8567 or through their website.