Alternative Baccalaureate-Level Certificate (ABC and CT ABC) Approaches

For Those Applying Based on the Alternative Baccalaureate-Level Certificate (ABC) or the Career and Technical Alternative Baccalaureate-Level Certificate (CT ABC) Approach

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

Information regarding the ABC or CT ABC Approach may be found at Certification Forms.

Certification based on the ABC or CT ABC Approach may ONLY be requested by an employing Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible non-public school administrator. An individual should contact the school system or eligible non-public school in which employment is desired for information concerning certificate eligibility. Individuals who choose to test without advisement from an employing Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible non-public school administrator according to current ALSDE testing policies do so at their own risk. The Praxis II® test requirement for issuance of the ABC or CT ABC is based on the certification area for which the ABC or CT ABC is requested.

Applicants for the issuance of the first ABC or CT ABC must successfully complete the following current Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP) requirements:

  • pass the required basic skills assessments of the AECTP prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the first ABC or CT ABC is to be issued (unless the applicant holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate); and
  • pass the Praxis II test, as indicated in the charts below, prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the first ABC or CT ABC is to be issued.

Applicants for the issuance of the third ABC or CT ABC, if the first ABC or CT ABC was valid for the 2013–2014 scholastic year or thereafter, must pass the current AECTP Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test, as indicated in the charts below, prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the third ABC or CT ABC is to be issued. The PLT test is not required if the applicant holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate.

Applicants for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate, based on completion of the ABC or CT ABC approach, will have no additional test requirements.

Please Note:

Several career and technical education courses have been approved to provide embedded credit, substitute credit or equivalent credit in a core academic subject area(s) toward the Alabama High School Diploma. Teachers of such courses must document Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) status in the respective core academic subject area(s).

Find the certification area below to determine which test(s) is required. To learn more about a specific test, click the test title. Visit these links to find out how to register for Praxis® tests or to 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 Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).

Tests Required for Issuance of First ABC or CT ABC

Secondary Education

Scores for previously offered tests will be accepted for some certifications if specific criteria are met. Please see the second table.

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
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
Health Education (6–12) Health Education 5551 145
History (6–12) World and United States History: Content Knowledge 5941 143
Mathematics (6–12) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 145
Physical Education (6–12) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 141
Physics (6–12) Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 138

* 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.

These tests will be accepted if they were taken and passed prior to the listed date, ETS provides a score report directly to the ALSDE, and the application for certification is received in the Teacher Certification Section of the ALSDE by the deadline indicated below. If there is no listed date and the test is electronically reportable by ETS, the test will be accepted regardless of when it was taken or when the application was received.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in Tests No Longer Offered If Taken
and Passed
Prior to
Application
Received
Prior to
Qualifying Score
English Language Arts (6–12) English Language Literature and Composition: Content Knowledge (0041 or 5041) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 151
Geography (6–12) Geography (0920) not applicable not applicable 560
Health Education (6–12) Health Education (0550 or 5550) not applicable not applicable 580
Mathematics (6–12) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (0061 or 5061) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 126

All Grades

Scores for previously offered tests will be accepted for some certifications if specific criteria are met. Please see the second table.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
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
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.

These tests will be accepted if they were taken and passed prior to the listed date, ETS provides a score report directly to the ALSDE, and the application for certification is received in the Teacher Certification Section of the ALSDE by the deadline indicated below. If there is no listed date and the test is electronically reportable by ETS, the test will be accepted regardless of when it was taken or when the application was received.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in Tests No Longer Offered If Taken
and Passed
Prior to
Application
Received
Prior to
Qualifying Score
French (P–12) French: Content Knowledge (0173) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 148
German (P–12) German: Content Knowledge (0181) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 142
Latin (P–12) Latin (0600) not applicable not applicable 590
Spanish (P–12) Spanish: Content Knowledge (0191) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 147
Theatre (P–12) Theatre (0640) not applicable not applicable 510
Visual Arts (P–12) Art: Content Knowledge (0133) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 150

Career & Technical Education

Scores for previously offered tests will be accepted for some certifications if specific criteria are met. Please see the second table.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Agriscience Education (6–12) Agriculture 0700 460
State of Alabama will discontinue the use of this test as of 9/1/2014. Note: Praxis II #0121/5121 will be accepted if taken and passed prior to 9/1/2014, is still electronically reportable by ETS, and the application for certification is received in the Teacher Certification section of the ALSDE prior to 9/1/2019.
Agriculture
Required beginning 9/1/2014.
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 5121 146
State of Alabama will discontinue the use of this test as of 9/1/2014. Note: Praxis II #0121/5121 will be accepted if taken and passed prior to 9/1/2014, is still electronically reportable by ETS, and the application for certification is received in the Teacher Certification section of the ALSDE prior to 9/1/2019.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Required beginning 9/1/2014.
5122 161

These tests will be accepted if they were taken and passed prior to the listed date, ETS provides a score report directly to the ALSDE, and the application for certification is received in the Teacher Certification Section of the ALSDE by the deadline indicated below. If there is no listed date and the test is electronically reportable by ETS, the test will be accepted regardless of when it was taken or when the application was received.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in Tests No Longer Offered If Taken
and Passed
Prior to
Application
Received
Prior to
Qualifying Score
Business/
Marketing Education (6–12)
Business Education (0100) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 570
Career Technologies (6–12) Technology Education (0050) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 540
Family and Consumer Sciences Education (6–12) Family and Consumer Sciences (0120) not applicable not applicable 530

Tests Required for Issuance of the Third ABC or CT ABC
(if the first ABC or CT ABC was valid for the 2013–2014 scholastic year or thereafter)

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
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
 

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