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Early Childhood Development Approach

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

Visit the Educator Certification Section for information regarding this certification approach.

Individuals applying for the issuance of the Early Childhood Development Certificate based on the completion of at least a bachelor's degree program accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC®) in child development for birth through age four must successfully complete the current Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) requirements as indicated in the charts below:

  • Pass the required Praxis® Subject Assessments (content tests) as indicated in the charts below.
  • Pass the required Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). General information pertaining to the edTPA can be found on the ALSDE website and specific Alabama required handbooks and scores can be found in the Educator Assessment Policies.

To convert the Early Childhood Development Certificate to the Professional Educator Certificate, contact the Educator Certification Section for information regarding additional certification requirements.

Individuals who choose to test prior to receiving a letter of eligibility from the Educator Certification Section of the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) do so at their own risk.

Important: TEST CHANGES and SCORE INCREASES are effective for tests taken and applications received in the Educator Certification Section of the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) on or after September 1, 2019. The score earned on the date a test was taken MAY or MAY NOT be deemed as "passing" when the test taker's application is received in the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE. Information can be viewed in the Educator Assessment Policies.

Please Note:

Find the certification area below to determine which tests are 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).

Test Required for Specific Certification Area

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Pre-Kindergarten Education (Birth to Age 4) Pre-Kindergarten Education 5531 *

This page is a supplement to The Praxis® Tests Information Bulletin.

Alabama State Department of Education

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