Alabama State-approved Teacher Education Program Approach

For Those Applying Based on the Completion of an Alabama State-Approved Teacher Education Program at an Alabama College or University

General testing information for all applicants may be found in the Overview of Alabama Testing Requirements.

Applicants should contact the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where they are enrolled for additional information regarding program entry requirements and test implementation dates according to current Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) policies. Individuals who choose to test without advisement from a Certification Officer at an Alabama college or university according to current ALSDE testing policies do so at their own risk.

Previously accepted Praxis II® test(s), which may possibly be accepted to meet current test requirements if specific conditions are met, may be found at Previously Accepted Praxis II Tests.

Traditional Class B (Bachelor's degree-level) or Alternative Class A (Master's degree-level, initial preparation) Programs

Applicants for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate based on the completion of a Traditional Class B or Alternative Class A Alabama State-approved Program must successfully complete the current Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP) requirements:

  • pass the basic skills assessments required by the AECTP (unless the applicant holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate); and
  • pass the Praxis II test(s) as indicated in the charts below; and
  • pass the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test (unless the applicant holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate) as indicated in the charts below:
    • The PLT will be required if the Alabama State-approved program was completed prior to Sept. 1, 2013, and the application is received in the Teacher Certification Section of the ALSDE on or after Jan. 1, 2014.
    • The PLT will be required if an Alabama State-approved program is completed Sept. 1, 2013, or thereafter.

Traditional Class A (Master's degree-level) or Traditional Class AA (Sixth-year level or Educational Specialist) Programs

Applicants for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate in an initial area and/or grade level, based on the completion of a Traditional Class A or Traditional Class AA Alabama State-approved Program, must pass the current AECTP Praxis II test(s) as indicated in the charts below.

Please Note:

Find your certification area below to determine which test(s) you need to take. To learn more about a specific test, click the test title. Once you know which tests you should be taking, find out how to register for Praxis® tests or read the Praxis test retake policy.

In general, unless it is specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, calculators may not be used on any Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).

Tests Required for All Teaching Fields

Only applies to Traditional Class B or Alternative Class A State Approved-Program Completers, as indicated above. In addition refer to the Praxis II test requirements following this PLT chart.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
All P–3 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 145
All K–6 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 145
All 4–8 Teaching Fields (Choose one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 145
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 153
All 6–12 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 153
All P–12 Teaching Fields (Choose one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 145
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 153
K–6 Collaborative Special Education and 6–12 Collaborative Special Education (Choose one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 145
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 153

Tests Required for Specific Certification Areas

Early Childhood Education

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (P–3) Teaching Reading 5204 155
and
Early Childhood: Content Knowledge 5022 163

Elementary Education

Please note that beginning on September 1, 2015, the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031) test will no longer be available. On and after September 1, 2015, the Alabama State Department of Education will require Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) for applicants received.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education (K–6) Teaching Reading 5204 155
and
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (Calculator allowed.) 5031 *
Mathematics Subtest (Calculator allowed.) 5033 157
Reading Language Arts Subtest 5032 165
Science Subtest (Calculator allowed.) 5035 144
Social Studies Subtest 5034 142
*To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. Beginning in September, you are no longer required to take the full test on your first attempt. If you wish to take all four subtests (5032, 5033, 5034, 5035) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.

Middle School Education

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
English Language Arts (4–8) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 146
French (4–8) French: World Language 5174 162
General Science (4–8) Middle School Science 5440 151
General Social Science (4–8) Middle School Social Studies 5089 149
German (4–8) German: World Language 5183 161
Health Education (4–8) Health Education 5551 145
Latin (4–8) Latin 5601* 149
Mathematics (4–8) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator provided.) 5169 148
Spanish (4–8) Spanish: World Language 5195 158

* Available beginning October 2014. ETS may make arrangements for individuals who need to take this assessment prior to October 2014. Please see the Special Administrations page for registration instructions.

Secondary Education

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Biology (6–12) Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 143
Chemistry (6–12) Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 150
English Language Arts (6–12) English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 147
French (6–12) French: World Language 5174 162
General Science (6–12) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 147
General Social Science (6–12) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 153
Geography (6–12) Geography 5921* 145
German (6–12) German: World Language 5183 161
Health Education (6–12) Health Education 5551 145
History (6–12) World and United States History: Content Knowledge 5941 143
Latin (6–12) Latin 5601* 149
Mathematics (6–12) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 145
Physics (6–12) Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 138
Spanish (6–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 158

* Available beginning October 2014. ETS may make arrangements for individuals who need to take this assessment prior to October 2014. Please see the Special Administrations page for registration instructions.

All Grades

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
English as a Second Language (P–12) English to Speakers of Other Languages 5361 144
French (P–12) French: World Language 5174 162
German (P–12) German: World Language 5183 161
Latin (P–12) Latin 5601* 149
Music, Choral
(P–12)
Music: Content Knowledge 5113 150
Music, Instrumental (P–12) Music: Content Knowledge 5113 150
Physical Education (P–12) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 141
Reading Specialist (P–12) Reading Specialist 5301 157
Spanish (P–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 158
Theatre (P–12) Theatre 5641* 143
Visual Arts (P–12) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 154

* Available beginning October 2014. ETS may make arrangements for individuals who need to take this assessment prior to October 2014. Please see the Special Administrations page for registration instructions.

Special Education

Please note that beginning on September 1, 2015, the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031) test will no longer be available. On and after September 1, 2015, the Alabama State Department of Education will require Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) for applicants received.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Collaborative Teacher (K–6) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 153
and
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (Calculator allowed.) 5031 *
Mathematics Subtest (Calculator allowed.) 5033 157
Reading Language Arts Subtest 5032 165
Science Subtest (Calculator allowed.) 5035 144
Social Studies Subtest 5034 142
*To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. Beginning in September, you are no longer required to take the full test on your first attempt. If you wish to take all four subtests (5032, 5033, 5034, 5035) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.
Collaborative Teacher (6–12) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 153
Early Childhood Special Education (P–3) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 153
and
Early Childhood: Content Knowledge 5022 163
Hearing Impairment (P–12) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 153
Severe Disabilities (P–12) This is an innovative program at UA only. Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 153
Speech or Language Impairment (P–12) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 153
Visual Impairment (P–12) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 153

Career & Technical Education

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Agriscience Education (6–12) Agriculture 5701 141
Business/Marketing Education (6–12) Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 147
Career Technologies (6–12) Technology Education 5051 154
Family and Consumer Sciences Education (6-12) Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 161

Administrator/School Leader

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Instructional Leadership (P–12) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5411 149

Instructional Support Personnel

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Library/Media Specialist (P–12) Library Media Specialist 5311 146
School Counseling
(P–12)
Professional School Counselor 5421 151
School Psychology
(P–12)
School Psychologist 5402 141
 

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