Stillman College Boot Camp

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Stillman College Boot Camp

Forge a new career path and make a difference

Classrooms across the State of Alabama face a critical shortage of teachers. Recent data reveals Alabama schools saw teachers retiring at the highest rate in over a decade. A dearth of eligible teacher candidates at the other end of the pipeline has prompted the state to find tangible incentives and creative mechanisms to address these issues and strengthen its classrooms.

Specifically, the state has established pay increases for teachers and added incentives for STEM teachers, and has granted districts the flexibility to hire college graduates through emergency and temporary teaching certificates.

This creates a new career option for college graduates, and Stillman College, in conjunction with the already designed provisional track of the Alabama Department of Education, has created the Stillman College Boot Camp.

The Boot Camp is committed to decreasing the critical shortage of qualified teachers in the classroom by offering courses in teacher education.

Boot Camp classes begin May 24 and are offered entirely online in both summer sessions.

TUITION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE: Courses will be paid for the first 50 students who apply and begin the program this summer.

How the Boot camp works

The Stillman College Boot Camp is a 15-hour program that includes four classes this summer – two in each summer session – and an additional course in Fall 2022.

The program allows participants to engage in the practice of teaching as early as August 2022, while they’re completing the final course of the program.

Perks of the program

  • Enrollees receive the ultra-competitive tuition rate of $310 PER COURSE (tuition assistance available)
  • Those already on the provisional track within the Department of Education can take the assigned courses at Stillman at a significantly reduced rate.

Requirements for program

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university
  • Student must enroll at Stillman College
  • Must have clear background check submitted with application

Requirements for completion and hiring

  • All requirements for completion and hiring are handled by each school district. Those interested in the state’s provisional track must contact the HR officer within the schools. More information about the completion and certification process can be found at the Alabama Department of Education.


Summer Session 1 Summer Session 2 Summer Session 2
Students must select one course from the following five methods and materials courses:
EDU 300 (Classroom Management and Communications)
EDU330 (Educating Exceptional Children)
SED 435 (Teaching Social Science)
EDU442 (Tests and Measurement)
SED434 (Teaching General Science)
SED436 (Teaching English)
HPR336 (Teaching Physical Education)
SED 437 (Teaching Mathematics)


Am I eligible for enrollment in the Stillman College Bootcamp if I’ve never taken a teaching course?

Yes! College graduates, regardless of major, are eligible for enrollment in the Bootcamp.

What is the starting salary for a teacher?

As of Oct. 1, the Starting Salary for a First-Year Teacher in the State of Alabama is More Than $42,000.

*NOTE: with recent legislation and incentives passed by the state legislature and Alabama Department of Education, salaries for fiscal year 2023 may be higher.


Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario Govens,
Associate Dean of Student Success and Enrollment

Dr. Sharon Porterfield,
Dean, School of Education