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Documents of Interest

Review the report provided to Governor Ivey in response to Executive order No. 732 HERE

Get the basic information about the teacher apprenticeship pilot here

Go HERE to watch the recording of the August 29, 2023 meeting for interested employers.

Go HERE to watch the recording of the November 6, 2023 meeting for interested employers.

Go HERE to view a sample job description LEAs may use to seek board approval or create postings.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for FAQs.


Click the logo below to get information specific to the teacher apprenticeship for each sponsoring university.

Teacher FAQs

Q: How much do journeyworkers (aka mentors) get paid?2023-08-30T18:31:24+00:00

A: In LEAs receiving incentive funds, the journeyworker will be paid a stipend of not less than $4,000 for year one and $3,000 for year two. These amounts may vary in LEAs who do not receive incentive funds from the AOA.

Q: How much do apprentices get paid?2023-08-30T18:31:03+00:00

A: Apprentices will be paid not less than 65% of base teacher pay in year one and 85% in year two. Currently, that would equate to $28,746.90 and $37,592.10. Upon completion, apprentices will make standard teacher pay.

Q: Can apprentice teachers serve as coaches?2023-08-30T18:30:36+00:00

A: This is an LEA decision. The AOA recommends careful consideration before allowing an apprentice teacher to coach because they will be committed already to working full-time and taking a full-time course load toward their bachelor’s degree.

Q: What factors should a school system consider when choosing which university to work with?2023-08-30T18:29:57+00:00

A: Consideration should be given to the existing relationships, the prior coursework of potential apprentices, overall cost of tuition, and the alignment of course offerings with apprentice availability.

Q: Who decides which applicants get to participate?2023-11-04T16:47:41+00:00

A: The application for apprenticeships is a multi-step process. The LEA serving as the employer selects the individuals they want to invest in as apprentices. The sponsors of the apprenticeship (universities) will review applications to their specific programs. The AOA will review final submissions for registration of apprentices and the ALSDE will review applications to determine eligibility for a teacher apprentice license.

Q: How does the Last Dollar Scholarship work?2023-08-30T18:28:56+00:00

A: AOA policy does not allow apprentices to incur debt for the cost of the apprenticeship training. Employers who participate in apprenticeship commit to pay the costs related to training after gift aid, Pell Grant, scholarships, GI Bill, and other similar aide is applied to the student’s bill. The relevant AOA policy can be found here. While not encouraged, employers may ask for work commitments from apprentices, within certain guidelines. Information on those guidelines may be found here.

Q: What is the maximum number of college credit hours an applicant must have remaining to apply for the Apprenticeship program?2023-08-30T18:28:07+00:00

A: The exact number of hours varies by university. See Related Technical Instruction (RTI) section of apprenticeship documents for detailed course listings. The apprentice must be able to complete their remaining coursework within two academic years to be eligible to participate.

Q: Does the 1 year experience as a Para or Aid have to be with the school system applying, or can you accept the Para or Aid’s experience from another school system if they transferred in this year?2023-08-30T18:27:32+00:00

A: The final decision on this will be left to the LEA, but it is strongly recommended that LEAs start with their own current employees.

Q: Can a school system participate with more than one university?2023-08-30T18:27:02+00:00

A: Yes, a school system can participate with one, some, or all the sponsoring universities.

Q: Which universities are participating in the pilot?2023-08-30T18:26:36+00:00

A: Auburn University Montgomery, Jacksonville State University, Troy University, and University of West Alabama

Q: Is the apprentice allowed to coach/supervise extracurricular activities?2023-08-30T18:25:40+00:00

A: This is discouraged because of the workload, but it is ultimately up to the discretion of the employer/school system.

Q: What is the minimum requirement to be a journeyworker?2023-08-30T18:25:16+00:00

A: Journeyworkers must meet the same requirements as teacher who supervise interns: Master’s Degree and 3 years of experience. The journeyworker must also be teaching in the field for which the apprentice is studying.

Q: What is the process for applying?2023-08-30T18:24:44+00:00

A: The application is multi-step and final details are being established. The basic steps will be as follows:

  • Apprentice candidates will download the application and complete basic demographics.
  • Apprentice candidates will submit their application to a participating EPP and request a transcript audit.
  • If the apprentice candidate meets apprenticeship academic requirements, the EPP will forward the application to the candidate’s LEA.
  • The LEA will decide if they want to select this person for apprenticeship.
  • If the LEA selects the candidate as an apprentice, they will transmit the application and recommendation back to the EPP.
  • The EPP will make a final review, register the apprentice in RAPIDS, and notify ALSDE.
  • ALSDE will receive a copy of the completed application, apprentice registration, and required documentation and will issue a Teacher Apprentice Certificate.
Q. What are the minimum qualifications to apply to be in the apprenticeship?2023-08-30T18:23:50+00:00

A: The person must be a current employee of the school system in a paraprofessional role, be eligible to enroll in the education program at one of the participating EPPs, and have sufficient applicable and transferable coursework to be within two academic years of completing their degree. For details, review the work process documents for each participating university.

Q: Do the apprentices earn tenure?2023-08-30T18:22:43+00:00

A: No. If the apprentice had tenure in their previous position, they do not give it up when they become an apprentice, but they cannot earn tenure as an apprentice.

Q: Will this be open to Elementary and SPED in the future?**2024-01-17T21:16:43+00:00

A: This is a pilot program and depending on the success of the model, expansion may be possible for future cohorts.

**As of January ’24, elementary education is being added as an option for the first cohort. SpEd is still on hold as it will require a significantly different model.

Q: If I have someone in mind for Fall of 24, what do I need to be doing now to prepare them to participate?2023-08-30T18:21:45+00:00

A: A potential apprentice could be having their transcript audited by one of the university partners to determine if they are within two years of completion or if they might need to take additional classes to be eligible for the apprenticeship.

Q: How will the funding be disbursed?2023-08-30T18:21:16+00:00

A: Incentive funding will be disbursed on a first come, fist serve basis to LEAs. The application process details will be forthcoming. The funding will be issued in a lump sum at the beginning of the academic year for each cohort of apprentices. In year one, LEAs approved for incentive funding will receive $40,000 and in year two, they will receive $20,000.

Q: What if the funding for the 40 apprentices has been allocated? Can our system still participate?2023-08-30T18:20:46+00:00

A: Yes. The full-cost of participation will be the responsibility of the LEA.

Q: How many apprentices can our school district have?2023-08-30T18:20:24+00:00

A: Each LEA is eligible to receive incentive funding for up to two apprentices. There is no maximum number of apprentices per district that are locally funded.

Q: I have someone in mind who struggled to pass PRAXIS core but am wondering—might this be a good fit for him?2023-08-30T18:19:55+00:00

A: No. There will be an intense workload, and the apprentices must be strong students and employees. A struggling student would not be a good candidate for this program.

Q: We have a former graduate who went straight to college and will be in his junior year in Fall of 2024. Can I hire him as an apprentice?2023-08-30T18:19:24+00:00

A: No, this is only for upskilling paraprofessionals who are already employed in the LEA.

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