• PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION AND PROCEDURES

    In addition to requirements established by the State Board of Education and the pertinent job description, professional employees must hold a degree from an accredited college or university and hold a current, valid and properly endorsed Alabama Teacher’s Certificate, which will be maintained in their personnel file.

    A teacher who has completed the certification process, but has not received the certificate, may be employed pending verification of the initiation of the certification process from the State Department of Education. The Personnel Department will work closely with each teacher to expedite the process to obtain the certificate as soon as possible.

    If a teacher earns a higher degree from a regionally accredited institution recognized by the State Department, that merits increased compensation under the approved salary schedule, the salary increase will become effective following verification of the new degree or additional hours with an official transcript presented to the Personnel office.

    Professional Certification Reminders:

    All Alternative Baccalaureate-Level Certificates (ABC) & Career & Technical ABC Level applications must be received in the Teacher Certification Office, at the Alabama Department of Education, by October 1st of the application year. To request the 1st ABC, the teacher must have already passed the Praxis II and APTTP by September 1st.

    All first year Special Alternative Certificate (SAC) and Preliminary Certificate (PRE) applications for the current school year must be received in the Teacher Certification Office at the Alabama Department of Education no later than October 1st of the application year.

    An individual may not be employed more than three years while holding an ABC, SAC, PRE or any combination thereof.

    If an employee is renewing an instructional leader/administrative certificate that expires on or after June 30, 2009,     he or she must earn 5 PLU’s (Professional Learning Units) regardless of his or her position or role in which they serve.

    If an employee is renewing a teaching certificate that expires at the end of the five year period, he or she must earn 5 CEU’s (50 hours of professional development). Teachers will be reminded, but it is ultimately the teacher or staff member’s responsibility to maintain and renew their certificates so that they remain current and do not expire.