S P D - Alabama

Policy on Accepting College Coursework,
Post-Secondary and Advanced Degrees

Applicants must submit an official college transcript for each accredited postsecondary academic institution attended. Original transcripts issued to students will be accepted. Photocopies of transcripts, faxed transcripts, and/or information obtained from the internet will NOT be accepted. Official transcripts which have been submitted for any state job after January 2, 2012, will remain on file in our system and will not need to be resubmitted.

Specific college coursework required for a job, as well as Bachelor’s, graduate, post graduate, and doctoral degrees will be accepted from the schools accredited by any of the six regional accreditation associations in the United States. These associations are listed below.

Coursework or degrees from schools that have not been accredited by one of the above listed regional accreditation associations may be accepted if a regionally accredited school* considers the coursework or degree to be an acceptable prerequisite for admission to an advanced degree program. For example, if a regionally accredited school accepts an applicant’s bachelor’s degree for admittance into a graduate degree program, State Personnel will accept the degree. In the case of required college coursework (but no degree requirement), State Personnel will accept the college coursework if a regionally accredited school accepts the coursework towards a post-secondary degree (e.g., a bachelor’s degree). This must be documented by a letter of acceptance from the regionally accredited school. State Personnel will review such requests on a case-by-case basis.

Note: This policy is subject to change. Certain state agencies may have additional requirements.

* The term "regionally accredited school" refers to an institution of higher education accredited by one of the above listed accreditation associations.