Help the state of Alabama meet a critical need for special education teachers by earning your Temporary Special Education Certification. In conjunction with employment by an Alabama county/city school system and successfully completing just five courses in special education, you can be recommended for Class B certification in Collaborative 6-12 Special Education. This alternative route to special education certification is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education.
Help All Students Reach Their Potential
Expand your teaching skills to include special education with the Temporary Special Education Certification program. This certification program is for Alabama educators who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Temporary Special Education Certification – Special Education 6-12
There is now an alternative route to certification in special education approved by the Alabama State Department of Education. This route involves the completion of five courses in special education to earn Class B certification in Collaborative Special Education (6-12).
- Format: 100% Online
- Credit Hours: 15
- Tuition: $385 per credit hour
- Application Deadline: Rolling admission
- Other fees, if any: $10 College of Education fee per credit hour
- How to apply: Apply for admission using the undergraduate application and choose the non-degree-seeking option.
A new route to certification in Collaborative Special Education (6-12).
- SPE 300 Survey in Special Education
- SPE 302 Educational Diagnostic Measurement
- SPE 374 Working with Families
- SPE 435 Behavior Management
- SPE 492 Educational Methods Secondary
An applicant for the Temporary Special Education Certification program must: (a) Hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a content/field other than education or teaching, (b) Meet GPA requirements applicable to the PCTF approach (2.5 GPA).
Certification Approach Requirements
- Hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Meet the minimum 2.5 GPA requirement applicable to the PCTF approach.
- Document enrollment in at least one course provided by a college or university approved to provide this approach.
- A person will be eligible to receive an Alabama State Department of Education Class B certificate endorsed for Collaborative Special Education (Grades 6-12) based on documentation of: (a) At least one full year of full-time special education teaching experience in Grades 6-12 while holding Temporary Special Education Certification, (b) Credit for a bundle of five courses taken from one college/university and approved to address five major topics: survey of special education, collaboration/consultation, methods and assessment, special education laws, and behavior analysis/modification, and (c) A passing score on the Praxis test for special education.
- Fulfill the Alabama State Department of Education TSEC Application and Summary of Requirements.
- ALSDE will issue up to three, one-year certificates at your request for a person who is making progress toward completing this approach.
How to apply
1. Apply for admission using the undergraduate application. On the pop-up screen:
2. Select “Non-Degree Taking Undergraduate Coursework”
3. Under “Have you ever enrolled in classes as a degree seeking student at UA?” select “No” (this will provide the online option)
4. Select “Online” for how classes will be taken
The actual application will appear. Select the following for these categories:
- Application Type: “Non-Degree Seeking“
- Term: “Spring 2023“
- Academic Information (select a major): “Education Non-Degree Certification“
Do all five courses have to be taken at the same institution in order to qualify for the alternate route to a Class B certificate endorsed for Collaborative Special Education (Grades 6-12)?
Yes, all five courses must be taken from the same institution.