Alabama – State Information

MEA President: David Raney
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Greg Gumina
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes 2/2/21                 Adjourns 5/17/2021

Meeting in person

Cross-Over Deadline 26th Legislative Day
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines House and Senate: 5/10/2021
Governor Kay Ivey (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House- CHAIR: Rep. Terri Collins (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Danny Garrett (R)

Senate- CHAIR: Sen. Timothy Melson (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. James Donnie Chesteen (R)

Partisan Split Senate- R  House -R
House Clerk Contact 334-242-7609
Senate Secretary Contact 334-242-7803
Carryover to 2021 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
Meeting Schedule Meets mid-month every month; has SBOE districts

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Molly Killingsworth
Director of Federal Progams
Alabama Department of Education
Title IV Director No one listed yet –
Title IV Website None
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds Rolling – appears to be October for final budget information in
Consolidated Application

State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:



P-12 Music, Choral Music

P-12 Music, Instrumental Music

Professional Educator in three classes: Class B (Bachelor’s); Class A (Master’s); Class AA (Post-Master’s); Initial certificates in each class valid for 5 years

Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE)

Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113)




Possible additional testing and/or coursework

$30 application

$46.90 fingerprinting (in-state)

$54.90 fingerprinting (out-of-state)


June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Alabama Public Health Guidance

Alabama Roadmap to Reopening Schools Guidance

Districts will make the decision on whether to open school buildings. The state board of education encourages that all schools provide, at a minimum, access to both traditional and remote learning throughout the 2020-21 school year.

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

$130,000 in Title IV-A funds were utilized in Lee County School System in Alabama to buy musical instruments, supplies and sheet music. This allowed the county to expand their music programs and have helped to grow interest in the arts in students at a younger age and fostered more connection to school community.