In Alabama, special education includes students who are classified as gifted, which the state defines as those who are intellectually, academically, and/or creatively gifted, as well as disabled gifted. Alabama gifted teachers will need comprehensive training to work with this segment of the student population. We'll explore the road to gifted education certification in the Yellowhammer State.
Alabama Gifted Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Special Education Teachers in Alabama (2016)*|| $48,860 (Preschool);
$49,570 (Kindergarten and Elementary);
$50,220 (Middle School);
$52,110 (High School)
|Testing Requirements|| Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators;
Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching;
Praxis subject-specific examination
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Step 1: Complete Educational Requirements
One way to become a gifted education teacher in Alabama is to pursue a bachelor's degree from a training program that has been accredited by the state's Department of Education. The Department provides prospective teachers with a listing of all the accredited training programs via their website.
A prerequisite for enrollment in a teacher training program is passing the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. Your reading, writing, and mathematics knowledge will be tested on this examination. You have the choice of completing one subtest at a time or all during one testing session. You will need a score of 156 in reading, a 162 in writing, and a 150 in mathematics to pass.
You will need to pursue a bachelor's degree in education. You can choose to specialize in elementary education (Grades K-6) or secondary education (Grades 6-12). General coursework can include the following: English, History, and Mathematics.
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Step 2: Complete Certification Requirements
The first certification examination you will need to take is the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching. All P-12 teaching candidates, including gifted education teachers, will need to take either the Grades K-6 (passing score is 145) or Grades 7-12 (passing score is 153) examination.
The second certification examination you will need to take is the Praxis subject-specific exam for gifted education. The Gifted Education (P-12) test requires a score of 151 or higher to pass.
Finally, you will need to submit to background checks from the below agencies:
- Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials
The final step in the certification process is to apply for your Class B teaching license. Once received, you will be eligible to teach gifted education to students in elementary school, middle school, and high school.
Once you obtain your initial license, you will need to receive further training for gifted education.
Certification Resources for Alabama Gifted Teachers
If you are in the process of becoming a gifted teacher, check out these study aids to help you get ready for your Praxis examinations.