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Traditional Undergraduate Class B Certificate

Step I. Admittance to The University of Alabama

  • General Studies Requirements (freshman/sophomore semesters) 41-47 hours/15 classes
  • Beginning of required courses for Education (second semester sophomore/first semester junior)
  • Enrollment in pre-professional course (second semester sophomore/first semester junior)

Step II. Admittance to a Teacher Education Program (TEP) (junior semester)

  • GPA requirement
    • 2.75 both UA and overall; as well as Professional Studies and Teaching Field GPA
  • Successful completion of core and current required semester hours
  • Successful completion of pre-professional course and experiences
    • CEE 320; CSE 390; KIN 350; MUE 389; SPE 304; MAP 331
  • Fingerprints/Background Check:   The Alabama State Department of Education requires fingerprinting and background clearance for certification programs. Therefore, students in the College of Education (and those in the School Library Media program) must be fingerprinted for a background check by the ABI and FBI.
  • EN 101/102 or 103/101 – grade of C or higher
  • Speech – grade of C or higher
  • BEP 305 or BEP/BEF 360 – grade of C higher (undergraduate level)
  • Successful completion of all requirements for EDU 200
  • Successful completion of departmental interview

Step III. Admittance to Internship (senior semester)

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests
    Effective August 15th, the College of Education will no longer be requiring the Praxis Core (5752) exam for admission into the undergraduate teacher education program and into the Alternative Masters degree program.   This action is being taken because the Alabama Department of Education is no longer supporting the use of the test, and our main accrediting agency, CAEP, has recently dropped the requirement for writing scores.  However, if you plan to seek certification in another state, be sure to check the requirements of that state regarding the Praxis Core (5752).
  • Fingerprints and background check cleared by the ABI and FBI
  • Admitted to TEP
  • 2.75 minimum GPA UA, Overall, Professional Studies and Teaching Field (UA and Overall in the Teaching Field)

Step IV. Graduation (must apply for graduation prior to final semester)

Information about applying for graduation is available at

All students in teacher certification programs, regardless of date of initial coursework, must meet the following requirements for graduation:

  • A grade of C or better in each of the professional studies courses.
  • GPAs of 2.75 overall in the teaching field and professional studies (exception: GPA of 2.5 for Physical Education)
  • Each student in a certification program must also show proof of mastery of all Quality Teaching Standards (QTS), Professional Standards and Content Standards prior to program completion. An Individualized Standards Assessment Report (ISAR) for each student will be reviewed and evaluated at various checkpoints to ensure mastery of standards. Upon program completion, the final ISAR will be evaluated prior to graduation and recommendation for certification.
  • Successful completion of Internship
  • Successful completion of edTPA, the newly required multiple measure assessment of teaching
  • Successful completion of all required course work

Step V. Teacher Certification

  • Graduation
  • Successful completion of all Standards required by the Alabama State Department of Education
  • Application to the Alabama State Department of Education