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Alabama Licensure Approaches

(Note: The Licensure Approaches are the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Approach and the Nationally Certified School Psychologist 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 these certification approaches.

Individuals applying for the issuance of Professional Educator Certificates based on the completion of a licensure approach must successfully complete the current Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) Praxis® Subject Assessments (content tests) requirements as indicated in the charts below.

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).

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

Early Childhood Education

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

Elementary Education

praxis testing for Alabama
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

praxis testing for Alabama
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 *
Latin (4–8) Latin 5601 *
Mathematics (4–8) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
Spanish (4–8) Spanish: World Language 5195 *

Secondary Education

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
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 *
German (6–12) German: World Language 5183 *
Latin (6–12) Latin 5601 *
Mathematics (6–12) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Spanish (6–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 *

All Grades

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
English for Speakers of Other Languages (P–12) English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
Health Education (P–12) Health Education 5551 *
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 *
Visual Arts (P–12) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *

Special Education

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
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 *
Early Childhood Special Education
(P–3)
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
and
Early Childhood Education 5025 *

Career & Technical Education

praxis testing for Alabama
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 *
Career Technologies
(6–12)
Technology Education 5051 *
Family and Consumer Sciences Education (6–12) Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *

Instructional Support Personnel

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Library/Media Specialist (P–12) Library Media Specialist 5311 *
School Counseling
(P–12)
Professional School Counselor 5421 *

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

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
School Psychology (P–12) School Psychologist 5402 *

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

Alabama State Department of Education

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