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How to Become a Science Teacher in Alabama

Jan 02, 2019

In Alabama, science teachers will need to complete a bachelor's degree approved training program. They will become certified to teach middle school or high school students.

Individuals considering become a science teacher in Alabama may want to learn more about teaching science in the state. The Alabama Science Teachers Association offers prospective teaching candidates the opportunity to discover more about the career. The association aims to achieve excellence in science education by providing teachers with training opportunities, an annual conference, and a quarterly newsletter.

Alabama Science Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Alabama (2016)* $49,310 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education); $50,060 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education, with a specialization in science
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE): 5712, 5722, and 5732, Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (5624), and subject-specific Praxis examination (5089 or 5435)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Step 1: Complete Educational Requirements

A common approach for earning certification to teach science in Alabama is to obtain a bachelor's degree via enrollment in a teacher certification program that is approved by the state Department of Education. Students can find a program that interests them by visiting the department's website.

Candidates can pursue a bachelor of science in general science education. This degree will enable candidates to teach students in grades 6-12. Candidates will take courses like an introduction to research in biology, the concepts of general chemistry, and genetics with an included laboratory component.

Step 2: Fulfill Certification Requirements

All teachers in Alabama, regardless of grade level or subject area, must successfully pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) examination. Candidates will be tested on their reading, writing, and mathematical competency. They can take the test one section at a time or simultaneously through the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (5751). Candidates will need a score of 156 in reading, 162 in writing, and 150 in mathematics to pass.

Candidates will then need to pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 examination. They will need to earn a score of 153 to pass.

The last examination candidates must pass is the subject-specific Praxis science for their desired grade level:

  • General Science Grades 4-8: Middle School Science (5089): A passing score is 149.
  • General Science Grades 6-12: Content Knowledge (5435): A passing score is 147.

The last step is for candidates to submit to a fingerprint check from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials

After candidates fulfill all of the above requirements, they will be eligible to apply for their Class B teaching certificate. Candidates will become certified in either middle school (Grades 4-8) or secondary school (Grades 6-12) with a content endorsement in science.

Certification Resources for Alabama Science Teachers

Science teaching candidates may want to use these study guides to help them get ready for their state certification tests.

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