Alabama Foreign Credentials Approach

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

Information regarding the foreign credentials approach may be found at Certification Forms.

Applicants for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate based on a degree that was earned at a university in another country 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);
  • pass the Praxis II® test(s) as indicated in the charts below; and
  • pass the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test for certification in a teaching field, as indicated in the charts below (unless the applicant holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate)
    • The PLT will be required if the application is received in the Teacher Certification Section of the ALSDE on or after September 1, 2013.

Individuals who choose to test prior to receiving a letter of eligibility from the Teacher Certification Section of the ALSDE do so at their own risk.

Please Note:

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.

If Alabama offers certification in an area that is not listed below, a Praxis II content knowledge test is not required, at this time, for certification.  However, a Praxis II test may be an option to obtain Highly Qualified Teacher status in the area.

Most tests are offered in both Session 1 and Session 2. Refer to the fees page for tests that are restricted to a particular session.

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).

Notes:

  • In general, test codes that begin with "5" are delivered in computer format; codes that begin with "0" are delivered in paper format.
  • In the following test requirement charts, "CDT" refers to computer-delivered tests. "PDT" refers to paper-delivered tests.

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT)
(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 CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
All P–3 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 145
All K–6 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 145
All 4–8 Teaching Fields (Choose one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 145
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 153
All 6–12 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 153
All P–12 Teaching Fields (Choose one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 145
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 153
K–6 Collaborative Special Education and 6–12 Collaborative Special Education (Choose one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 145
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 153

Tests Required for Specific Certification Areas

Early Childhood 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 CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (P–3) Teaching Reading 5204 0204 155
and
Early Childhood: Content Knowledge 5022 0022 163

This test will be accepted if it was 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.

To Be Certified in Test No Longer Offered If Taken
and Passed
Prior to
Application
Received
Prior to
Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (P–3) Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014 or 5014) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 137

Elementary 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 CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education (K–6) Teaching Reading 5204 0204 155
and
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (Calculator allowed.) 5031 n/a *
Mathematics Subtest (Calculator allowed.) 5033 n/a 157
Reading Language Arts Subtest 5032 n/a 165
Science Subtest (Calculator allowed.) 5035 n/a 144
Social Studies Subtest 5034 n/a 142
*To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. You must take the full test on your initial attempt. If after your first attempt you did not pass one of the individual subtests, you may take just that subtest again for a reduced fee.

This test will be accepted if it was 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.

To Be Certified in Test No Longer Offered If Taken
and Passed
Prior to
Application
Received
Prior to
Qualifying Score
Elementrary Education (K–6) Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014 or 5014) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 137

Middle School 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 CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
English (4–8) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 n/a 146
English Language Arts (4–8) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 n/a 146
French (4-8) French: World Language 5174 n/a 162
General Science
(4–8)
Middle School Science n/a 0439 142
General Social Science (4–8) Middle School Social Studies 5089 0089 149
German (4–8) German: World Language 5183 n/a 161
Latin (4–8) Latin n/a 0601 149
Mathematics (4–8) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator provided.) 5169 n/a 148
Middle School Generalist (4–8) You need to take at least one of the below tests:
Middle School English Language Arts 5047 n/a 146
Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator provided.) 5169 n/a 148
Middle School Science n/a 0439 142
Middle School Social Studies 5089 0089 149
Spanish (4–8) Spanish: World Language 5195 n/a 158

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 (4–8) Middle School English Language Arts (0049 or 5049) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 148
English Language Arts (4–8) Middle School English Language Arts (0049 or 5049) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 148
French (4–8) French: Content Knowledge (0173) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 148
German (4–8) German: Content Knowledge (0181) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 142
Latin (4–8) Latin (0600) not applicable not applicable 590
Mathematics (4–8) Middle School Mathematics (0069) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 149
Middle School Generalist (4–8) Middle School English Language Arts (0049 or 5049) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 148
or
Middle School Mathematics (0069) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 149
Spanish (4–8) Spanish: Content Knowledge (0191) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 147

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 CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Biology (6–12) Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 0235 143
Chemistry (6–12) Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 0245 150
Earth and Space Science (6–12) Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 0571 150
Economics (6–12) Economics n/a 0911 144
English (6–12) English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 n/a 147
English Language Arts (6–12) English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 n/a 147
French (6–12) French: World Language 5174 n/a 162
General Science (6–12) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 0435 147
General Social Science (6–12) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 0081 153
Geography (6–12) Geography n/a 0921 145
German (6–12) German: World Language 5183 n/a 161
Health Education
(6–12)
Health Education 5551 n/a 145
History (6–12) World and United States History: Content Knowledge 5941 0941 143
Latin (6–12) Latin n/a 0601 149
Mathematics (6–12) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 n/a 145
Music, Choral
(6–12)
Music: Content Knowledge 5113 n/a 150
Music, Instrumental
(6–12)
Music: Content Knowledge 5113 n/a 150
Physical Education (6–12) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 0091 141
Physical Science (6–12) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 0435 147
or
Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 0245 150
and
Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 0265 138
Physics (6–12) Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 0265 138
Political Science (6–12) Government/Political Science n/a 0931 143
Psychology (6–12) Psychology 53911 0391 149
Sociology (6–12) Sociology n/a 0950 550
Spanish (6–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 n/a 158
Speech (6–12) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 n/a 146
Theatre (6–12) Theatre n/a 0641 143
Visual Arts (6–12) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 0134 154

1 Available beginning July 2014.

These tests will be accepted if they were taken and passed prior to the listed date, ETS provides a score 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
Economics (6–12) Economics (0910) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 520
English (6–12) English Language, Literature and Composition: Content Knowledge (0041 or 5041) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 151
English Language Arts (6–12) English Language, Literature and Composition: Content Knowledge (0041 or 5041) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 151
French (6–12) French: Content Knowledge (0173) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 148
Geography (6–12) Geography (0920) not applicable not applicable 560
German (6–12) German: Content Knowledge (0181) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 142
Health Education (6–12) Health Education (0550 or 5550) not applicable not applicable 580
Latin (6–12) Latin (0600) not applicable not applicable 590
Mathematics (6–12) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (0061 or 5061) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 126
Physical Science (6–12) Chemistry, Physics and General Science (0070) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 560
Political Science (6–12) Government/Political Science (0930) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 570
Psychology (6–12) Psychology (0390) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 550
Spanish (6–12) Spanish: Content Knowledge (0191) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 147
Speech (6–12) Speech Communication (0220) not applicable not applicable 580
Theatre (6–12) Theatre (0640) not applicable not applicable 510
Visual Arts (6–12) Art: Content Knowledge (0133) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 150

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 CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
English as a Second Language (P–12) English to Speakers of Other Languages 5361 n/a 144
French (P–12) French: World Language 5174 n/a 162
German (P–12) German: World Language 5183 n/a 161
Health Education
(P–12)
Health Education 5551 n/a 145
Latin (P–12) Latin n/a 0601 149
Music, Choral
(P–12)
Music: Content Knowledge 5113 n/a 150
Music, Instrumental (P–12) Music: Content Knowledge 5113 n/a 150
Physical Education
(P–12)
Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 0091 141
Reading Specialist
(P–12)
Reading Specialist 5301 n/a 157
Spanish (P–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 n/a 158
Speech (P–12) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 n/a 146
Theatre (P–12) Theatre n/a 0641 143
Visual Arts (P–12) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 0134 154

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 as a Second Language (P–12) English to Speakers of Other Languages (0360) not applicable not applicable 540
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
Health Education (P–12) Health Education (0550 or 5550) not applicable not applicable 580
Latin (P–12) Latin (0600) not applicable not applicable 590
Reading Specialist (P–12) Reading Specialist (0300) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 530
Spanish (P–12) Spanish: Content Knowledge (0191) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 147
Speech (P–12) Speech Communication (0220) not applicable not applicable 580
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

Special 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 CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
All Areas of Special Education (P–12), excluding Gifted Education Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 153
Early Childhood Special Education (P–3) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 153
and
Early Childhood: Content Knowledge 5022 0022 163
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 0354 153
and
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (Calculator allowed.) 5031 n/a *
Mathematics Subtest (Calculator allowed.) 5033 n/a 157
Reading Language Arts Subtest 5032 n/a 165
Science Subtest (Calculator allowed.) 5035 n/a 144
Social Studies Subtest 5034 n/a 142
*To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. You must take the full test on your initial attempt. If after your first attempt you did not pass one of the individual subtests, you may take just that subtest again for a reduced fee.
Collaborative Teacher (6–12) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 153

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.

To Be Certified in Tests No Longer Offered If Taken
and Passed
Prior to
Application
Received
Prior to
Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Special Education (P–3) Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014 or 5014) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 137
Collaborative Teacher (K–6) Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014 or 5014) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 137

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 CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Agriscience Education (6–12) Agriculture n/a 0700 460
Business/Marketing Education (6–12) Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 0101 147
Business Education (6–12) Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 0101 147
Career Technologies
(6–12 or P–12)
Technology Education 5051* n/a 154
Family and Consumer Sciences Education (6–12) Family and Consumer Sciences 5121 0121 146
Marketing Education (6–12) Marketing Education n/a 0561 135

*Available beginning July 2014.

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
Business Education (6–12) Business Education (0100) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 570
Career Technologies (6–12 or P–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
Marketing Education (6–12) Marketing Education (0560) not applicable not applicable 500

Instructional Support Personnel

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 CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Library/Media Specialist (P–12) Library Media Specialist 5311 0311 146
School Counseling
(P–12)
Professional School Counselor 5421 0421 151
School Psychology
(P–12)
School Psychologist n/a 0401 143

These tests will be accepted if they were taken and passed prior to the listed date, ETS provides a score report 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
Library/Media Specialist (P–12) Library Media Specialist (0310) not applicable not applicable 600
School Counseling (P–12) School Guidance and Counseling (0420) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 520
School Psychology (P–12) School Psychologist (0400) not applicable not applicable 520

n/a — Not available in this delivery method.

 

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