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Alabama Certificate Reinstatement 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 seeking to reinstate an Alabama certificate that has lapsed for less than 12 months may choose to successfully complete the current required Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) Praxis® Subject Assessments (content tests) as indicated in the charts below. A passing score on the required Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) must have been attained on a test administration date after the most recent expiration date of the certificate(s) being reinstated.

Individuals seeking to reinstate an Alabama certificate that has lapsed for more than 12 months must successfully complete the current required AECAP Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) as indicated in the charts below. A passing score on the required Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) must have been attained on a test administration date after the most recent expiration date of the certificate(s) being reinstated.

If reinstating an Alabama certificate in an area that is not listed below, one of the other specified reinstatement options must be met. Visit the Educator Certification Section for information regarding the other specified reinstatement options.

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 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.

If reinstating an Alabama certificate in an area that is not listed below, one of the other specified reinstatement options must be met. Visit the Educator Certification Section for information regarding the other specified reinstatement options.

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

Pre-Kindergarten Education

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To Reinstate a Certificate inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Pre-Kindergarten Education (Birth to Age 4) Pre-Kindergarten Education 5531 *

Early Childhood Education

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To Reinstate a Certificate inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (P–3) Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 *
and
Early Childhood Education 5025 *

Elementary Education

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To Reinstate a Certificate inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Elementary Education (K–6) Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 *
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 Reinstate a Certificate 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 *
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 *
Speech Communication/
Theatre (4–8)
Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *
and
Theatre 5641 *
Theatre (4–8) Theatre 5641 *
Visual Arts (4–8) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *

Secondary Education

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To Reinstate a Certificate inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Biology (6–12) Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 *
Chemistry (6–12) Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
Computer Science (6–12) Computer Science 5652 *
Dramatic Arts (6–12) Theatre 5641 *
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 and Physical Education (6–12) Health Education 5551 *
and
Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
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, General (Nursery–8 or 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 *
Reading (6–12) Reading Specialist 5301 *
Sociology (6–12) Sociology 5952 *
Spanish (6–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 *
Speech (6–12) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *
Speech Communication/
Theatre (6–12)
Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *
and
Theatre 5641 *
Theatre (6–12) Theatre 5641 *
Visual Arts (6–12) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *

All Grades

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To Reinstate a Certificate 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 and Physical Education (P–12) Health Education 5551 *
and
Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Health Education
(P–12)
Health Education 5551 *
Latin (P–12) Latin 5601 *
Music, Choral
(P–12)
Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Music, General (Nursery–8 or 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 *
Speech Communication/
Theatre (P–12)
Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *
and
Theatre 5641 *
Theatre (P–12) Theatre 5641 *
Visual Arts (P–12) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *

Special Education

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To Reinstate a Certificate 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 *
Early Childhood Education Multiple Abilities (P–3) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 *
and
Early Childhood Education 5025 *
Elementary Education Multiple Abilities (K–6) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 *
and
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects(On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5001 *
Reading and 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.
Special Education Pre-Kindergarten Education (Birth to Age 5) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *

Career & Technical Education

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To Reinstate a Certificate inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Agriscience Education (6–12) Agriculture 5701 *
Business Administration (6–12) Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
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 *
Computer Science (6–12) Computer Science 5652 *
Family and Consumer Sciences Education (6–12 or 4–8) Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
Marketing Education (6–12) Marketing Education 5561 *

Administrator/School Leader

praxis testing for Alabama
To Reinstate a Certificate inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Career and Technical Administrator (6–12) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5412 *
Educational Administration (P–12) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5412 *
Instructional Leadership (P–12) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5412 *
Principal (P–6, 6–12 or P–12) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5412 *
Superintendent (P–12) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5412 *
Superintendent-Principal (P–12) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5412 *
Supervisor (K–6, 6–12 or P–12) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5412 *

Instructional Support Personnel

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To Reinstate a Certificate inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Library/Media Specialist (P–12) Library Media Specialist 5311 *
School Counseling (P–12) Professional School Counselor 5421 *
School Psychology (P–12) School Psychology 5402 *

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

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