State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Alabama

April 2018

 


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Standards
Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Alabama has adopted the Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders. Source
Preparation
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Alabama State Board of Education Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.56
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. The curriculum of an instructional leadership program at the class A level must align with standards developed by the Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), as defined.

Note: These standards differ from the Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders.
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.48
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? Yes. Candidates for certification in instructional leadership at the class A level must complete an internship. State policy provides additional requirements. However, no hour requirement was found. Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.48
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? Yes. Institutions may seek program approval to offer innovative programs at the class A level. State policy provides additional requirements. Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.55
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for a Class A Professional Leadership Certificate as an Instructional Leader, a candidate must:
  • Hold a valid Alabama Class B Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or a valid Alabama Class A Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or instructional support area
  • Hold a master's degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Complete an Alabama-approved program in instructional leadership with a minimum GPA of 3.25 in all courses
  • Complete a special education course focused primarily on methods of accommodating instruction to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities in inclusive settings, multicultural education, teaching English language learners, rural education or urban education
  • Complete an internship, as defined
  • Receive a passing score on the Praxis II: Educational Leadership assessment.

Note: In order to be admitted to an instructional leadership program at the class A level, a candidate must have a minimum of three years full-time, acceptable professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, which must include at least one year of full-time P-12 classroom teaching experience.
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-2-.03

Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.48
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? In addition to verified out-of-state education and work experience comparable to in-state candidates, out-of-state applicants holding a valid, accepted graduate-level professional educator certificate issued by another state must also meet assessment requirements. However, applicants may satisfy the assessment requirement if they hold a valid out-of-state professional educator certificate (with no deficiencies, other than experience or state-specific coursework) and verify completion of the issuing state's content knowledge test or verify three full years of full-time professional educational work experience in the issuing state within ten years preceding application.

Note: Applicants seeking a license through this route will receive a Principal Certificate, not an Instructional Leadership Certificate.
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-2-.20

Source
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? There are two alternative routes to certification:

Special Option: A candidate who holds an Alabama Class A Professional Educator Certificate and meets other program admission requirements may be able to complete a reduced-hour preparation program. At least 18 semester hours of credit for instructional leadership courses are required and programs must include either field or clinical experience.

Interim Employment Certificate In An Area Of Instructional Support (previously the Special Alternative Certificate): A superintendent or administrator may employ a candidate who is completing requirements for certification in instructional leadership at the class A level through an Alabama-approved Class A program at an Alabama institution.
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.48

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