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Interim Employment Certificate (IEC) 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.

Certification based on the IEC Approach may ONLY be requested by an employing Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible non-public/private school administrator. An individual should contact the school system or eligible non-public/private school in which employment is desired. In collaboration with the employing school system or eligible non-public/private school, the IEC Approach requires unconditional admission to an Alabama Educator Preparation Program.

Individuals should contact the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where they are enrolled or plan to enroll for additional information regarding program entry requirements and test implementation dates according to current Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) policies. Individuals who choose to test without advisement according to current ALSDE testing policies 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, 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.

Alabama provides the IEC Approach for four categories of individuals:

  • those unconditionally admitted to an Alternative Class A Program provided by an Alabama college or university
  • those unconditionally admitted to a Traditional Class A Program provided by an Alabama college or university in an area of Special Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Instructional Leadership, Library Media, School Counseling, and Reading Specialist
  • those unconditionally admitted to a Traditional Class AA Program provided by an Alabama college or university in an area of Special Education
  • those unconditionally admitted to a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Accredited Program in School Counseling at an Alabama university

Alternative Class A (Master's degree-level, initial preparation) Educator Preparation Programs

For the issuance of the first IEC:

  • Pass the required Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) prior to unconditional admission and prior to the date the application is received in the Educator Certification Section. 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.
  • Pass the required Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests), as indicated in the charts below, prior to the date the application is received in the Educator Certification Section.

For the issuance of the second and third IEC (if applicable):
No tests are required.

For the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate
Additional testing may be required for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate. Please refer to Alabama Educator Preparation Program Approach or consult with the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where enrolled for additional information. Application for the Professional Educator Certificate is made by the individual, in conjunction with the Alabama institution, upon completion of all requirements of the Alternative Class A Educator Preparation Program.

Traditional Class A Educator Preparation Programs

Individuals applying for the issuance of the first IEC based on unconditional admission to an Alabama Traditional Class A Educator Preparation Program in an area of Special Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Instructional Leadership, Library Media, School Counseling and Reading Specialist have no test requirements for the IEC Approach.

Testing may be required for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate. Please refer to Alabama Educator Preparation Program Approach or consult with the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where enrolled for additional information. Application for the Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate is made by the individual, in conjunction with the Alabama institution, upon completion of all requirements of the Traditional Class A Educator Preparation Program.

Traditional Class AA Educator Preparation Programs in Areas of Special Education

Individuals applying for the issuance of the first IEC based on unconditional admission to an Alabama Traditional Class AA Educator Preparation Program in an area of Special Education have no test requirements for the IEC Approach.

Testing may be required for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate. Please refer to Alabama Educator Preparation Program Approach or consult with the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where enrolled for additional information. Application for the Professional Educator Certificate is made by the individual, in conjunction with the Alabama institution, upon completion of all requirements of the Traditional Class AA Educator Preparation Program.

CACREP-Accredited School Counseling Program

Individuals applying for the issuance of the first IEC based on unconditional admission to a CACREP-accredited program in school counseling at an Alabama college or university must pass the required Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators prior to the date the application is received in the Educator Certification Section. 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.

Test requirements for issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate may be found at Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Accredited School Counseling Program and on the application forms . Application for the Professional Educator Certificate is made by the applicant, in conjunction with the Alabama institution, upon completion of all requirements of the CACREP-Accredited School Counseling Program Approach.

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 Tests Required for Issuance of the First IEC

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To Meet Requirements forYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Issuance of the First IEC 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).

Praxis® Subject Assessments (Content Tests) Required for Issuance of the First IEC

Early Childhood Education

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

Elementary Education

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Elementary Education (K–6) 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 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 *
Spanish (4–8) Spanish: World Language 5195 *

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 *
Computer Science (6–12) Computer Science 5652 *
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 **
Physics (6–12) Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Spanish (6–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 *

* Score changing effective September 1, 2019.

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 *
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 *
Spanish (P–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 *
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
Collaborative Teacher (K–6) 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) No Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) are required for the 1st IEC
Early Childhood Special Education
(P–3)
Early Childhood Education 5025 *
Gifted (P–12) No Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) are required for the 1st IEC.
Hearing Impairment (P–12) No Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) are required for the 1st IEC.
Visual Impairment (P–12) No Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) are required for the 1st IEC.

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 *
Career Technologies (6–12) Technology Education 5051 *
Computer Science (6–12) Computer Science 5652 *
Family and Consumer Sciences Education (6–12) Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *

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

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