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Provisional Certificate in Library Media and School Counseling (PCLS) and the Business and Industry to Educational Administrator (BIEA) Approaches

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.

Certification based on the PCLS 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 for information concerning certificate eligibility. Individuals who choose to test without advisement from an employing Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible non-public/private school administrator according to current Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) testing policies do so at their own risk.

Certification based on the BIEA Approach may ONLY be requested by an employing Alabama county/city superintendent. An individual should contact the school system in which employment is desired for information concerning certificate eligibility. Individuals who choose to test without advisement from an employing Alabama county/city superintendent 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.

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).

PCLS Approach

Certification based on the PCLS 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 for information concerning certificate eligibility.

Individuals who choose to test without advisement from an employing Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible non-public/private school administrator according to current ALSDE testing policies do so at their own risk. The Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) required for issuance of the PCLS are based on the certification area for which the PCLS is requested.

PCLS in Library Media or School Counseling

First PCLS

Applicants for the issuance of the first PCLS must successfully complete the current Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) prior to October 1 of the scholastic year for which the first PCLS is to be issued.

Requirements for PCLS Approaches

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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 *

BIEA Approach

Educational administrator certification based on the BIEA Approach may ONLY be requested by an employing Alabama county/city superintendent. A request for the BIEA may only be considered for an individual who is not eligible for certification in the requested area through any other alternative, reciprocal, or traditional approach. An individual should contact the school system in which employment is desired for information concerning certificate eligibility.

Individuals who choose to test without advisement from an employing Alabama county/city superintendent according to current ALSDE testing policies do so at their own risk.

BIEA in Educational Administration

First BIEA

Applicants for the issuance of the first BIEA must successfully complete the current Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) prior to October 1 of the scholastic year for which the first BIEA is to be issued.

Tests Required for the BIEA

Educational Administration

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
For Educational Administration eligibility and testing advisement, contact the employing Alabama county/city superintendent or the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE.

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

Alabama State Department of Education

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