Alabama Licensure Approaches

(Note: The Licensure Approaches are the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Approach, Nationally Certified School Psychologist Approach, and Speech or Language Impairment Approach.)

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

Information regarding the licensure approaches may be found at Certification Forms.

Applicants for the issuance of Professional Educator Certificates based on the completion of a licensure approach 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); and
  • pass the Praxis II® test(s) as indicated in the chart below.

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.

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 subject area test requirement charts, "CDT" refers to computer-delivered tests. "PDT" refers to paper-delivered tests.

Tests Required for Specific Certification Areas Based on a Valid NBPTS Certificate

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.

praxis testing for Alabama
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.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in Test No Longer Offered If Taken
and Passed
Prior to
Application
Received
Prior to
Qualifying Score
Elementary 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
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
Mathematics (4–8) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator provided.) 5169 n/a 148
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
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
Mathematics (4–8) 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
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
German (6–12) German: World Language 5183 n/a 161
Mathematics (6–12) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 n/a 145
Spanish (6–12) 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 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
German (6–12) German: Content Knowledge (0181) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 142
Mathematics (6–12) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (0061 or 5061) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 126
Spanish (6–12) Spanish: Content Knowledge (0191) 9/1/2012 9/1/2017 147

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
Health Education (P–12) Health Education 5551 n/a 145
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
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
Health Education (P–12) Health Education (0550 or 5550) not applicable not applicable 580
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
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
Early Childhood Special Education
(P–3)
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 153
and
Early Childhood: Content Knowledge 5022 0022 163

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
Collaborative Teacher (K–6) Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014 or 5014) 9/1/2013 9/1/2018 137
Early Childhood Special Education (P–3) 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
Career Technologies
(6–12)
Technology Education 5051* n/a 154
Family and Consumer Sciences Education (6–12) Family and Consumer Sciences 5121 0121 146

* 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
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

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

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
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

Test Required for Specific Certification Area Based on a Valid School Psychologist License

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
School Psychology (P–12) School Psychologist n/a 0401 143

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.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in Test No Longer Offered If Taken
and Passed
Prior to
Application
Received
Prior to
Qualifying Score
School Psychology (P–12) School Psychologist (0400) not applicable not applicable 520

Test Required for Specific Certification Area Based on a Valid Speech-Language Pathology License

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Speech or Language Impairment (P–12) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 153

n/a — Not available in this delivery method.

 

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