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Teacher Education Services

Certification

All teacher education students, graduating or completing a certification program, should apply for certification with the office of Teacher Education Services.

All applications for certification must be processed through the TES office as the university serves as the recommending institution.

Certification Application Deadlines:

Certification applications for December graduates due by November 1st
Certification applications for May graduates due to by April 1st
Certification applications for students earning a degree in August due by July 1st

Please note: Programs completed in the Summer term cannot be processed until the completion of the term. TES must wait for transcripts to be finalized by the Registrar’s Office. Please allow two (2) weeks after the end of each term for processing in our office.

A completed certification application packet includes the following:
* Certification application or CACREP Supplement PRK & Form KRP
* Supplement CIT form
* Proof of citizenship
* Proof of payment
* Verification of Recommendation of Certification form

Application Information:

Certification application form on ALSDE website (click here) 

Supplement CIT:
The ALSDE requires citizenship documentation for all teacher certification applicants.
Please attach all required documentation. If using your driver’s license, please submit a copy of the front and the back. Please note this is a two page form. Click here to find the Supplement CIT form.
Certification Payment Information:

You may pay online at https://www.alabamainteractive.org/education/ or submit a money order or cashier’s check payable to the ALSDE (Alabama State Dept of Education) for $30 for each certification. Please note: Elementary/Collab will be $60. On the money order or cashier’s check, include your address, social security number, and your signature.
Verification of Recommendation for Certification:
The Verification of Recommendation for Certification form can be used when applying for teaching positions. It will be completed by TES and returned to you by mail after certification applications have been sent to the ALSDE. Please complete the top part of the form, sign, and return to the TES office with your certification paperwork. Click here to find the Verification of Recommendation for Certification form.

Important Points to Remember:

  • Completed certification applications should be submitted to the Teacher Education Services office in Wills Hall 207 in person or via U.S. postal mail. Scanned images will not be accepted. Original signatures are required. Due to COVID19, please do not overnight, as we may not be in the office to receive and accept.
  • Submitting incomplete applications will cause a delay in processing.
  • Submitting applications after the deadline may cause a delay in processing.
  • Completed applications received after the deadline will be processed collectively and sent in a separate submission to the ALSDE.
  • TES will begin processing applications after graduation and usually have them processed and sent to the ALSDE within two weeks after graduation. After Verification of Recommendation for Certification forms have been mailed, candidates should check their certification status with the Alabama State Department of Education at:
    www.tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/SearchCerts.aspx.

Alternative Certification Information:

Alternative Routes to Certification