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Alabama Teacher License Renewal & PLU Requirements

The Alabama State Department of Education encourages certified Alabama teachers to expand their knowledge and instructional skills through continuing education and professional development. Alabama requires teachers to continue their teacher training and consider PLUs (Professional Learning Units) as the main measure of teacher development.

The renewal process includes completing an application and choosing among different options, such as earning academic credits and professional development.

Model Teaching offers both high-quality Professional Development Courses, relevant to most teaching license subjects as well as courses provided through regionally-accredited institutions and university partners. We encourage teachers who wish to take our trainings to use our convenient Request Course Approval Form to request approval of our Online Professional Development or Regionally-Accredited University-Partner Academic Credit Courses for ongoing Alabama requirements OR Specific to Alabama: Use Supplement RCR form.

Requirements for Renewing Alabama Teaching Credentials

All applications must be mailed to the Alabama Department of Education. In the state of Alabama, teachers must also meet one of the continuation options listed below during their certificate's valid period:

  • Three years of full-time teaching and 50 clock hours of professional development
  • Three years of full-time teaching and three semester hours of acceptable credits
  • Three semester hours of acceptable credits and 50 clock hours of professional development
  • Six semester hours of acceptable credit
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification
  • 100 clock hours of professional development
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Credits Considered Acceptable

Teachers may complete academic credits and units for their certificate renewal at an approved educational institution, generally regionally-accredited academic institutions area accepted. Credits must be earned via one of the below options:

  • P-12 teacher preparation program in the certificate discipline
  • P-12 teacher preparation program in a different discipline
  • Academic content course in the certificate discipline
  • At the doctoral level in the certificate discipline

For teachers who earned a Class B Professional Educator certificate, their credit course must be at a junior, senior, or graduate level, with the minimum of a C earned in each course. It should be noted that credit earned for the initial certificate is not allowable for the renewal. Teachers must submit their official transcripts with their completed continuation application.

Professional Development

The following is required for approved professional development hours:

  • Must meet the Alabama Standards for Professional Development
  • Provide the applicant with an opportunity to meet their professional development goals
  • Must be labeled with a specific title, date, time, and length

All professional development hours must be verified using either the Supplemental EXP form, training history reports, or certificates of completion. College course credit does not count as professional development. Use our form or the RCR form found at the Alabama Department of Education to request approval for academic-credit and/or professional development credit courses.

REFERENCE: Alabama State Department of Education


*The information on this page was last updated 3/2019. Please refer to the Alabama Department of Education web page for the most accurate and current information on Alabama teacher recertification requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: The content provided on this page is solely provided for informational purposes and does not exempt users from their responsibility to ensure that our courses meet their state’s continuing education requirements. Please check with your state certification agency for up-to-date policies for teacher certification renewal/continuing education and use our Request Course Approval form if you want to confirm use of one of our courses for your professional development, continuing education, or clock hour requirements.

Online Professional Development Courses For Alabama Teachers

Model Teaching offers Online & Live Professional Development Courses, as well as online Academic Credit courses provided through our University Partners.

Professional Development Courses

Professional Development Courses

View our Professional Development Course menu. Take our courses live or online for CPE Clock Hours or request information to learn about on-campus, live trainings for your school or district.

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Online University-Partnered Academic Credit Courses

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View our Online University-Partnered Academic Credit Courses, great for earning Academic Credit for Teacher Re-Certification, Licensure, & Salary Advancement

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Active Monitoring & Data Collection
This course will teach participants how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and to analyze the data collected in order to better support students.
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Online Price:$15.00
Credits:4 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Blended Learning: Integrating Technology Into The Classroom
Participants of this course learn the main blended learning models, explore the strategies involved in selecting the right blended learning model for the classroom, and develop a blended learning lesson for immediate use in the classroom.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:7 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Building Reading & Writing Fluency
Participants in this course will learn about the importance of direct phonics instruction and hands-on word work, and how this instruction directly helps to develop the reading and writing fluency of their students.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:6 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Checking For Understanding & Correcting Misconceptions in Elementary Math
This course will teach participants how to establish a classroom culture that is conducive to learning and sharing. They will also learn a variety of ways to check their students’ understanding of elementary math content, so they are able to assess the effectiveness of their teaching.
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Online Price:$15.00
Credits:5 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Choosing The Right Assessments For Your Students
This training is the second in a series of three that will go through the three stages of planning using the backwards design method. In this course we will be looking at the second stage of this process -assessments, with a focus on helping teachers choose the right assessments for their students.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:9 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Choosing The Right Assessments For Your Students-HSU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit course provided through Humboldt State University, you will learn new strategies for implementing assessments into the classroom and explore a variety of topics to help you use assessments effectively in the student learning process.
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Online Price:$115.00
Credits:1 Unit Credit, Humboldt State University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) in The Science Classroom
In this course, participants will learn the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning strategy for more effective instruction of science concepts in any K-12 science classroom.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:6 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Classroom Documentation
In this course you will learn how to document a student’s academic and social behaviors in the classroom. You will learn how to set up a system to organize your documentation and be provided with multiple templates you can use during the documentation process.
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Online Price:$15.00
Credits:3 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Documentation & Data Analysis
In this course you will learn how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and to collect academic and behavioral data. You will learn how to process, file, and analyze data for documentation and to better help teach mastery of course concepts.
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Online Price:$60.00
Credits:20 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Documentation & Data Analysis-HSU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit course provided through Humboldt State University, you will learn how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and to collect academic and behavioral data. You will learn how to process, file, and analyze data for documentation and to better help teach mastery of course concepts.
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Online Price:$115.00
Credits:1 Unit Credit, Humboldt State University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Documentation & Data Analysis-SPU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit, offered in partnership with Seattle Pacific University, you will learn how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and to collect academic and behavioral data. Participants will learn how to process, file, and analyze data for documentation and to better help teach mastery of course concepts.
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Online Price:$140.00
Credits:1 Quarter Credit, Seattle Pacific University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Efficient Classroom Processes-HSU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit course provided through Humboldt State University, you will learn the six strategies that can improve the learning environment to make your classroom more predictable, safe, and orderly. You will analyze, develop, and apply methods to improve your classroom processes and build a more efficient environment for student learning, to be applied to your current or future classroom.
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Online Price:$115.00
Credits:1 Unit Credit, Humboldt State University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Efficient Classroom Processes: Strategies to Maximize Instructional Time
This professional development training will look at six different strategies that can help provide this type of learning environment, as well as the implementation process for each.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:9 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Explicit Instruction In Elementary Reading
This course prepares participants to implement explicit instruction lessons in their elementary reading classroom. Explicit instruction is an effective way to teach isolated reading skills through a very targeted and specific gradual release method.
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Online Price:$15.00
Credits:5 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development

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