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Alabama Foreign Credentials 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 Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field based on a degree that was earned at a university in another country must successfully complete the current Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) requirements as indicated in the charts below.

  • Pass the required Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core). The Praxis® Core is not required if the individual previously passed all three components of the modified WorkKeys® assessments that were offered by ACT® for Alabama teacher certification. Scores for the WorkKeys assessments must be on file and the application for Alabama certification must be received in Educator Certification Section on or before August 31, 2022. If a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate is held, the Praxis Core is also not required; and
  • Pass the required Praxis® Subject Assessments (content tests) as indicated in the charts below; and
  • Pass the required Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test, for certification in a teaching field, as indicated in the charts below. The PLT is not required if the individual holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate.

Individuals who choose to test prior to receiving a letter of eligibility from the Educator Certification Section of the 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, 2018. 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 test(s) is/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).

Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators

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To Meet Requirements forYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Basic Skills Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 *
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 *
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 5732 *
If you wish to take all three Core tests (5712, 5722, 5732) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5751) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5712, 5722, 5732).

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT)

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
All P–3 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
All K–6 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
All 4–8 Teaching Fields (Choose one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
All 6–12 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
All P–12 Teaching Fields (Choose one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
Both K–6 Collaborative Special Education and 6–12 Collaborative Special Education at the same time (Choose one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *

Tests Required for Specific Certification Areas

Early Childhood Education

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (P–3) Teaching Reading 5204 *
and
Early Childhood Education 5025 *

Elementary Education

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Elementary Education (K–6) Teaching Reading 5204 *
and
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5001 *
Reading Language Arts Subtest 5002 *
Mathematics Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 *
Social Studies Subtest 5004 *
Science Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 *
* To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (5002, 5003, 5004, 5005) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.

Middle School Education

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
English (4–8) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
English Language Arts (4–8) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
French (4–8) French: World Language 5174 *
General Science (4–8) Middle School Science 5440 *
General Social Science (4–8) Middle School Social Studies 5089 *
German (4–8) German: World Language 5183 *
Health Education (4–8) Health Education 5551 *
Latin (4–8) Latin 5601 *
Mathematics (4–8) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
Middle School Generalist (4–8) You need to take at least one of the below tests:
Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
Middle School Science 5440 *
Middle School Social Studies 5089 *
Music, Choral (4–8) Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Music, Instrumental (4–8) Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education (4–8) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Spanish (4–8) Spanish: World Language 5195 *
Speech (4–8) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *
Theatre (4–8) Theatre 5641 *
Visual Arts (4–8) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *

Secondary Education

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Biology (6–12) Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 *
Chemistry (6–12) Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
Earth and Space Science (6–12) Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 *
Economics (6–12) Economics 5911 *
English (6–12) English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 *
English Language Arts (6–12) English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 *
French (6–12) French: World Language 5174 *
General Science (6–12) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
General Social Science (6–12) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
Geography (6–12) Geography 5921 *
German (6–12) German: World Language 5183 *
Health Education
(6–12)
Health Education 5551 *
History (6–12) World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 *
Latin (6–12) Latin 5601 *
Mathematics (6–12) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Music, Choral
(6–12)
Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Music, Instrumental
(6–12)
Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education (6–12) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Physical Science (6–12) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
or
Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
and
Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Physics (6–12) Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Political Science (6–12) Government/Political Science 5931 *
Psychology (6–12) Psychology 5391 *
Sociology (6–12) Sociology 5952 *
Spanish (6–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 *
Speech (6–12) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *
Theatre (6–12) Theatre 5641 *
Visual Arts (6–12) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *

All Grades

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
English for Speakers of Other Languages (P–12) English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
French (P–12) French: World Language 5174 *
German (P–12) German: World Language 5183 *
Health Education
(P–12)
Health Education 5551 *
Latin (P–12) Latin 5601 *
Music, Choral
(P–12)
Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Music, Instrumental (P–12) Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education
(P–12)
Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Reading (P–12) Reading Specialist 5301 *
Reading Specialist
(P–12)
Reading Specialist 5301 *
Spanish (P–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 *
Speech (P–12) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *
Theatre (P–12) Theatre 5641 *
Visual Arts (P–12) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *

Special Education

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
All Areas of Special Education (P–12), excluding Gifted Education Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
Early Childhood Special Education (P–3) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
and
Early Childhood Education 5025 *
Gifted (P–12) Gifted Education 5358 *
If your special education certificate is NOT ALL grades (P–12), refer to your certificate area and grade span below.
Collaborative Teacher (K–6) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
and
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5001 *
Reading Language Arts Subtest 5002 *
Mathematics Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 *
Social Studies Subtest 5004 *
Science Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 *
* To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (5002, 5003, 5004, 5005) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) 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 *

Career & Technical Education

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Agriscience Education (6–12) Agriculture 5701 *
Business/
Marketing Education (6–12)
Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
Business Education (4–8 or 6–12) Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
Career Technologies
(4–8, 6–12 or P–12)
Technology Education 5051 *
Family and Consumer Sciences Education (6–12) Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
Marketing Education (6–12) Marketing Education 5561 *

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

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