The Foreign Credentials Approach (Out-Of-Country) (AL)

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The Foreign Credentials Approach (Out-Of-Country) (AL)

The Foreign Credentials Approach authorizes the applicant from out of the country to teach in Alabama.
Certificate Valid for 5 years
Employment: Not Required

State Information
State: Alabama
Contact Name: Teacher Certification Section
Contact Phone: 334-353-8567
Contact Email:
For more information please visit the state website:

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Prior Certification: Must Hold Current (STATE) Certification

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program

Required tests will be individually prescribed by the Teacher Certification Section of the Office of Teaching and Leading when eligibility for certification has been determined.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Online at:

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Teaching License/Certificate/Credential: Required
Not Accepted

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Online at:

Renewal: Renewable
Please see

Processing time is estimated.

Fingerprint Fee/Background Check = $51.40
Information on accepted transcript evaluation agencies may be found on the Foreign Credential Approach Supplemental Information Form.

Processing time is estimated.

Application for the Professional Educator Certificate. The appropriate Class B Professional Educator Certificate may be issued through the ABC approach when the applicant has met all requirements for the first, second and third ABCs and an application.

An application for Alabama certification based on completing an educator preparation program at an institution outside the United States in an area in which Alabama offers a comparable certificate is considered only in the applicant’s major program.

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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