Alabama Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide
This guide to teacher preparation programs in the state of Alabama provides key information to help you research options for pursuing a teaching degree. Several colleges and universities in Alabama offer degree programs to prepare students to become teachers or advance in a teaching career. Scroll down to find lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. Whether you are a first-time college student or are switching from another career you can start your search here for a program to fit your needs and goals.
- There are 28 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Alabama.1
- 1 school offers an associate’s degree in education.1
- 27 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
- 20 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
- 1 school ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022.2
- 6 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022.3
- 7 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs 2022.4
- 20 educator preparation providers (EPPs) are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.5
For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.
Table of Contents
- Teacher Preparation Program Comparison
- Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs
- Select Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
- Schools with Associate Teaching Degrees
- Student Reviews
Comparison of Alabama Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs
We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Alabama according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.
While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states.
You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2018-2019 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Alabama traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.
Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).
|State-Approved School||CAEP Accred.?5||Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment 6||Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment 6||Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Net Price1|
|Alabama A&M University||Yes||36||15||100%||46||20||95%||$15,373|
|Alabama State University||Yes||25||20||N.Av.||17||11||N.Av.||$13,282|
|Athens State University||Yes||459||174||100%||—||—||—||N.Av.|
|Jacksonville State University||Yes||457||171||100%||90||33||100%||$13,616|
|Spring Hill College||No||28||14||93%||3||—||—||$23,067|
|University of Alabama||Yes||470||212||100%||43||20||100%||$20,518|
|University of Alabama-Birmingham||Yes||147||79||100%||209||65||100%||$16,978|
|University of Alabama-Huntsville||Yes||53||22||100%||17||6||N.Av.||$16,990|
|University of Mobile||No||43||43||100%||4||4||N.Av.||$22,197|
|University of Montevallo||Yes||78||34||100%||38||31||100%||$18,702|
|University of North Alabama||Yes||432||118||98%||47||16||100%||$13,279|
|University of South Alabama||Yes||659||132||100%||88||38||100%||$14,822|
|University of West Alabama||Yes||61||27||100%||365||73||100%||$15,685|
- — indicates none or not applicable.
- N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.
Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Alabama
Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022
- Auburn University
US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022
- Auburn University (#85 tie)
- University of Alabama-Birmingham (#111 tie)
- University of Alabama (#125 tie)
- Samford University (#198 tie)
- Alabama A&M University (#205 tie)
- Alabama State University (#211-277)
US News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs 2022
- Auburn University (#14 tie)
- University of Alabama (#20 tie)
- University of Alabama-Birmingham (#28 tie)
- University of Montevallo (#108 tie)
- Troy University (#182 tie)
- Auburn University-Montgomery (#199 tie)
- Alabama State University (#233 tie)
Select Alabama Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
The Auburn University (AU) College of Education is located on the university’s main campus in Auburn and houses the Department of Curriculum and Teaching; the Department of Education Foundations, Leadership, and Technology; the School of Kinesiology; and the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling. Students are able to choose from over 50 majors at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Some of the most popular majors include Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Educational Administration & Leadership, and Counselor Education. The AU College of Education currently serves the university’s largest number of graduate students and the fifth-largest population of undergraduates. With over 30,000 alumni, the AU College of Education has one of the largest alumni networks in the country. The mission of the College of Education has and continues to be the development of competent, professional, passionate, and reflective educators capable of flourishing in today’s global learning community.
Located in the city of Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama’s (UA or Bama) College of Education is home to the departments of Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies; Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling; Special Education; Kinesiology; and Music Education that confer dozens of degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. The College was founded in 1844, just 13 years after UA was established in 1831. Some of the majors offered within the College of Education include Early Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Counselor Education, Educational Leadership, and Educational Psychology. The UA College of Education serves thousands of students with the goal of preparing educational practitioners to serve their students and contribute to the greater good of the communities in which they live.
Schools with Associate Teaching Degree Programs
While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate can be a first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.
Huntsville Bible College*
906 Oakwood Ave
Huntsville, Alabama 35811
Auburn, AL 36849
Troy, AL 36082-0001
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, AL 35294-0110
University of North Alabama
One Harrison Plz
Florence, AL 35632-0001
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. US Department of Education 2022 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx