Teaching Degrees in Alabama

The minimum educational requirement for earning an Alabama teaching license is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Many of the largest teaching schools in Alabama also offer the best preparatory courses for teachers, according to national rankings. Those seeking an Alabama teacher certification often choose to attend an Alabama college to expedite the certification process.

A number of teaching schools in Alabama are nationally ranked, including three schools ranked by top 100 colleges for education programs, according to U.S. News & World Report: Auburn University, University of Alabama, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Samford University in Birmingham has a much smaller enrollment, but also receives some recognition for its College of Education.

Auburn University

Auburn University’s College of Education received a rank of 77th overall nationally by U.S. News & World Report‘s 2012 rankings for best education schools, sharing its ranking with California’s San Diego State University. Auburn’s education school had an enrollment of 881 as of the 2012 rankings. The College of Education offers 44 different degree programs in areas such as foreign language education, kinesiology, and science education. About half of of the master’s degree programs available through Auburn University’s teaching school have an alternative master’s program for non-education bachelor’s degree holders.

University of Alabama

Close behind Auburn’s educational program is the University of Alabama’s College of Education, ranked 79th nationally by U.S. News & World Report. In 2012, this teaching school had a full-time enrollment of 1,101. The University of Alabama’s College of Education has been awarded an “A” ranking three times by the Alabama State Department of Education’s institutional rating system. The teaching school offers 35 different educational degrees, including multiple programs within curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and psychology.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Education is a strong focus at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The School of Education at this university offers 29 undergraduate programs, 31 graduate programs, and 20 alternative master’s certification programs for those who want to obtain an Alabama teacher license. One of the college’s flagship programs is the UAB Children’s Creative Learning Center. This 41-year-old summer program offers six-week educational enrichment programs for young students that focus on increasing educational engagement by giving students more control over their study habits.

Samford University

Often overshadowed by its close neighbor, the much larger UAB, Samford University is home to the nationally renowned Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies. The Beeson School offers education degrees of varying levels, including early childhood and secondary, as well as other degree programs in kinesiology, family studies, and nutrition science.

Alabama A & M University

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4900 Meridian Street
Normal, AL 35762
(256) 372-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Alabama State University

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915 S Jackson Street
Montgomery, AL 36104-0271
(334) 229-4100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Athens State University

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300 N Beaty St
Athens, AL 35611
(256) 233-8100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Auburn University

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Auburn, Alabama
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Birmingham Southern College

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900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254
(205) 226-4600

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Faulkner University

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5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36109-3390
(334) 272-5820

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Huntingdon College

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1500 East Fairview Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36106-2148
(334) 833-4222

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Jacksonville State University

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700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265
(256) 782-5781

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Judson College

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302 Bibb St
Marion, AL 36756
(334) 683-5100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Miles College

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5500 Myron Massey Blvd
Fairfield, AL 35064-2621
(205) 929-1000 Ext: 1645

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Oakwood University

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7000 Adventist Blvd NW
Huntsville, AL 35896
(256) 726-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Samford University

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800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229-2240
(205) 726-2011

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Spring Hill College

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4000 Dauphin St
Mobile, AL 36608-1791
(251) 380-4000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Talladega College

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627 W Battle St
Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 761-6100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

The University of Alabama

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739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0166
(205) 348-6010

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Tuskegee University

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Kresge Center, 3rd Floor
Tuskegee, AL 36088-1920
(334) 727-8011

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

United States Sports Academy

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One Academy Drive
Daphne, AL 36526-7055
(251) 626-3303 Ext: 7141

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, AL 35294-0110
(205) 934-4011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Mobile

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5735 College Parkway Drive
Mobile, AL 36613-2842
(251) 675-5990

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

University of South Alabama

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307 N University Blvd
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
(251) 460-6101

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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