If you wish to pursue Teacher Certification, you must apply and be admitted to the UAB Teacher Education Program (TEP). Students who have completed all necessary prerequisites, typically in their sophomore or junior year, are eligible to apply.

Admissions requirements vary by program (please see below). Additionally, you should discuss with your School of Education advisor the TEP application requirements; e.g., specific courses, minimum GPA, testing, and application dates.


Includes Biology, Biology - Biomedical Engineering major, Biology - Biomedical Sciences major, Chemistry, Chemistry - Chemical Education track, General Science - Biophysics major, General Science - Materials Engineering major, General Science - Mechanical Engineering major, General Science - Neuroscience major, Mathematics, Mathematics - Civil Engineering major, Mathematics - Electrical Engineering major, Mathematics: Middle School, and Physics


Course and GPA Requirements

  • Completion of the following Professional Studies courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher. Any course with a grade below “C” must be retaken.
    • EHS 125 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
    • EHS 126 Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
    • EHS 325 Knowing and Learning in Science and Mathematics
  • Grade of at least one “B” and one “C” in EH 101 and EH 102
  • Minimum 2.50 GPA in teaching field courses
  • Grade of “C” or better in all teaching field courses
  • Completion of 9 hours of teaching field courses
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Testing Requirements and Background Clearance

  • Score of “Pass” on all three parts of the AECTP Basic Skills Assessment.
  • Background check status shown as “cleared” on ALSDE Certification Portal

Other Requirements

  • Evidence of writing proficiency as documented by passing score on writing sample in EHS 325 or at TEP interview or “B” or higher in EHS 325
  • Passing score on spontaneous speaking sample in TEP interview
  • Evidence of the dispositions needed to be a successful teacher

All programs within UAB's Teacher Education Program (TEP) are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Alabama State Board of Education.

Students are allowed only two attempts to apply to a program. The application withdrawal deadline is one week after the application deadline for the Teacher Education Program.

Deadlines for Admission to the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

Application for admission to the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program occurs after admission to UAB and after the completion of a series of required courses.

Deadlines for Early Childhood and Elementary Education, English Language Arts, General Social Science, Music - Choral and Music - Instrumental

Application Deadline July 1 October 1 March 1
Interviews July

Deadline for Kinesiology Certification

Application Deadline - October 1 -
Interviews - December -

Deadlines for UABTeach

Application Deadline July 1 October 1
Interviews July