Special Alternative Certificate (SAC) Approach

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

Information regarding the SAC Approach may be found at Certification Forms.

Certification based on the SAC 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.

In collaboration with the employing school system or eligible non-public school, the SAC Approach requires unconditional admission to an Alabama educator preparation program as indicated below. Applicants should contact the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where they are enrolled or plan to enroll for additional information regarding program entry requirements and test implementation dates according to current ALSDE policies. The Praxis II® test requirement for issuance of the SAC is based on the certification area for which the SAC is requested and on the program area to which unconditional admission has been met.

Alabama provides the SAC Approach for four categories of applicants:

  • those unconditionally admitted to an Alternative Class A Program provided by an Alabama college or university
  • those unconditionally admitted to a Traditional Class A Program provided by an Alabama college or university in an area of Special Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Instructional Leadership, Library Media, School Counseling, and Reading Specialist
  • those unconditionally admitted to a Traditional Class AA Program provided by an Alabama college or university in an area of Special Education
  • those unconditionally admitted to a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Accredited Program in School Counseling at an Alabama university

Alternative Class A (Master's degree-level, initial preparation)

First SAC

Applicants for the issuance of the first SAC based on unconditional admission to an Alabama Alternative Class A Program must successfully complete the 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 SAC is to be issued (unless the applicant holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate); and
  • pass the Praxis II tests, as indicated in the charts below, prior to September 1 of the first scholastic year for which the first SAC is to be issued.

Second SAC

If the first SAC was valid prior to or during the 2007–2008 scholastic year, applicants for the issuance of the second SAC must contact the Teacher Certification Section of the ALSDE at 1-334-353-8567 to determine if current requirements of the AECTP have been met by the prescribed date.

Third SAC

If the second SAC was valid prior to or during the 2007–2008 scholastic year, applicants for the issuance of the third SAC must contact the Teacher Certification Section of the ALSDE at 1-334-353-8567 to determine if current requirements of the AECTP have been met by the prescribed date.

Professional Educator Certificate

Additional testing may be required for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate. Please refer to Alabama State-Approved Teacher Education Program Approach or consult with the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where enrolled for additional information. Application for the Professional Educator Certificate is made by the applicant, in conjunction with the Alabama institution, upon completion of all requirements of the Alternative Class A State-Approved Program.

Traditional Class A

First SAC

Applicants for the issuance of the first SAC based on unconditional admission to an Alabama Traditional Class A Program in an area of Special Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Instructional Leadership, Library Media, School Counseling and Reading Specialist have no test requirements for the SAC Approach.

Professional Educator or Leadership Certificate

Testing may be required for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate. Please refer to Alabama State-Approved Teacher Education Program Approach or consult with the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where enrolled for additional information. Application for the Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate is made by the applicant, in conjunction with the Alabama institution, upon completion of all requirements of the Traditional Class A State-Approved Program.

Traditional Class AA in an area of Special Education

First SAC

Applicants for the issuance of the first SAC based on unconditional admission to an Alabama Traditional Class AA Program in an area of Special Education have no test requirements for the SAC Approach.

Professional Educator Certificate

Testing may be required for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate. Please refer to Alabama State-Approved Teacher Education Program Approach or consult with the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where enrolled for additional information. Application for the Professional Educator Certificate is made by the applicant, in conjunction with the Alabama institution, upon completion of all requirements of the Traditional Class AA State-Approved Program.

CACREP-Accredited School Counseling Program

First SAC

Applicants for the issuance of the first SAC based on unconditional admission to a CACREP-Accredited Program in School Counseling at an Alabama university must pass the current Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP) basic skills assessments prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the first SAC is to be issued. The basic skills assessments are not required if the applicant holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate.

Professional Educator Certificate

Test requirements for issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate may be found at Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Accredited School Counseling Program. Application for the Professional Educator Certificate is made by the applicant, in conjunction with the Alabama institution, upon completion of all requirements of the CACREP-Accredited School Counseling Program.

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.

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.

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 the SAC

Early Childhood Education

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (P–3) 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 applications received.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education (K–6) 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 graphing 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
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
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 applications received.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Collaborative Teacher (K–6) 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) No Praxis II test is required for 1st SAC
Early Childhood Special Education
(P–3)
Early Childhood: Content Knowledge 5022 163
Gifted (P–12) No Praxis II test is required for 1st SAC
Hearing Impairment (P–12) No Praxis II test is required for 1st SAC
Visual Impairment (P–12) No Praxis II test is required for 1st SAC

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
 

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