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Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Art
  • Business Education
  • Elementary
  • French
  • Middle School Science
  • Middle School Social Studies
  • Middle School Math
  • Middle School English
  • High School Science
  • High School Social Studies
  • High School Math
  • High School English
  • Special Education

Cost Of Living


Average starting salary is $36,000




It's possible to pursue one


Two to three years

Regional Expenses

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What's Left Over
Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
One Time Summer Start Up Costs
Estimated Start Up and Certification Costs

Certification Information

Common Certification Questions

Certification can be obtained in two to three years depending on route taken. Two years for a Masters Degree (Specialized Alternative Certification - SAC); three years for the non-masters degree route (Alternative Baccalaureate Certification - ABC).

A master's degree is required for elementary, but not for secondary.

To receive certification without obtaining a master’s degree, Teach For America—Alabama has teamed up with Athens State University to offer online courses towards alternative certification.

We have formal Master’s Degree partnerships with Samford University and the University of West Alabama. Teachers have also elected to take Masters courses at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama A&M University.