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Master of Education with a Concentration in Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Becoming an Alabama Educator: Do You Need Certification?

Not only do you need it, you should want it.

Can you remember a remarkable teacher you had growing up? Most of us will have an image of our favorite elementary school teacher pop into our heads. The reality is, being an exceptional teacher goes way beyond whether you like children, have patience, and are able to communicate effectively. Only those with certain, unique qualities, the right skills and knowledge and the proper experience can become a one-in-a-million, life-changing teacher that students never forget.

If you’re envisioning yourself as that person and are either already working in education or considering pursuing it, you are on a remarkable journey that will reap many rewards, not the least of which is using your abilities and talents to make a positive, indelible impact on students. Children who will look to you, not only to teach them facts about math, science, language arts, literature and history, but also for guidance, inspiration, and understanding of what they can do to make a difference in the world.

It should come as no surprise then, that there are specific requirements that must be satisfied to become a teacher. Teaching standards were designed to ensure a level of quality and that all teachers are properly equipped to instruct students on various levels. In addition to being required to have earned a bachelor’s degree, many states require that teachers pass standardized tests and are certified to teach in their desired subject.

Getting certified in Alabama

If Alabama is where you are interested in teaching, certification is required by the Alabama State Department of Education, which sets the standards, issues testing, and conducts all the necessary documentation.

Challenges facing certification process

Like any system that involves millions of people and the interests of nearly everyone in the state, there are flaws and challenges.

One of the issues facing Alabama teacher certification is the tug-of-war between the need for more teachers and the need for qualified teachers. If the certification standards are tough, only the finest teachers will end up in the classroom, but it will also lead to fewer teachers making the cut, increasing classroom sizes, and complications with the educational system. But certification requirements are essential to raising and maintaining the level of quality of teachers. Those who satisfy all the educational requirements and earn certification will be among other equally qualified professionals.

One way to ensure that you are not only equipped with the knowledge, tools and skills you need, in addition to certification, is to pursue is a Master’s Degree in Education. At Alabama State University, students can earn a Master’s in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education with or without your Alabama Class B certification.

Through this unique, 100% online program, professionals who are already working can earn advanced degrees without having to leave their positions. The curriculum includes core courses that cover an array of subjects and incorporates today’s pedagogical best practices, as well as concentration area coursework that will prepare you for a rewarding career. If you are interested in learning more about our Master of Education program, please take a moment to review the resources on this site or get in touch with us for more information.


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Next Start

May 28, 2019

Application Priority Date

March 15, 2019