Teacher Certification

UAB will only recommend students for certification if they have successfully completed a State-approved teacher education program and other University requirements. Each student is responsible for submitting a completed certification packet to the Office of Student Services during the semester they intend to finish their approved program. A student who does not apply for their Professional Educator Certificate within five years (60 months) after completing a state approved program may be required to fulfill additional requirements (i.e. testing, and/or coursework).

The Office of Student Services will verify that each student meets all degree and certification requirements after graduation, and submit completed certification packets to the Alabama State Department of Education.


Timeline

Prepare

Prepare

Check UAB e-mail during your final semester for announcement from certification specialist.

Submit

Submit

Submit your educator certification application and the supporting documentation to the Office of Student Services via postal mail or in person.

Process

Process

Your record will be audited by the certification specialist to ensure you meet the current certification requirements.

Graduate

Graduate

Upon conferral of your degree, you will receive an e-mail notification from the certification specialist once your application has been mailed to the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) for processing.

Watch

Watch

Watch for your mailed certificate.

When to Apply

The best time to apply for your Professional Educator’s certificate is during your last term of enrollment.

If you submit your certification paperwork during your last semester at UAB, this will ensure that your paperwork will be submitted to the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) in a timely manner.


Deadlines

Completed certification application packets are process and mailed to the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE)in the order they are received.

Term you plan to graduate:The application is due:
Fall (December graduation) November 1
Spring (May graduation) April 1
Summer (August graduation) August 1

Recertification of an Alabama Teaching Certificate

Please call the Alabama State Department of Education at 334-694-4557.

The level of courses you take (300, 400, 500, 600, etc.) will be dependent on your last certification so communicating with one of our program directors is important.

Important: You are responsible for sending the needed documentation to the state to complete the recertification process.