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Provisional Certificate in a Teaching Field (PCTF) Approach

For Those Applying Based on the Provisional Certificate in a Teaching Field (PCTF) 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.

Certification based on the PCTF 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.

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.

For the issuance of the first PCTF:

  • Pass the required Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests), as indicated in the charts below, prior to October 1 of the scholastic year for which the first PCTF is to be issued.

For the issuance of the second PCTF or PCCT:
No tests are required

For the issuance of the third PCTF or PCCT:
No tests are required

For issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate:
Individuals who held the first PCTF or PCCT prior to the 2019–2020 scholastic year:

  • Pass the required Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test, as indicated in the charts below, by October 1 of the calendar year the third PCTF or PCCT expires. The PLT is not required if the individual holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate.

For individuals issued the first PCTF during the 2019–2020 scholastic year or thereafter, the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA® ) will be required, in lieu of the PLT.

  • Pass the required Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) by October 1 of the scholastic year for which the third PCTF expires. General information pertaining to the edTPA can be found on the ALSDE website and specific Alabama required handbooks and scores can be found 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).

Praxis Subject Area Test(s) Required for Issuance of the First PCTF

Middle School Education

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
English Language Arts (4–8) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
General Science
(4–8)
Middle School Science 5440 *
General Social Science (4–8) Middle School Social Studies 5089 *
Mathematics (4–8) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *

Secondary Education

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Algebra I (6–12) Algebra I 5162 *
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 *
General Science
(6–12)
General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
General Social Science (6–12) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
Geography (6–12) Geography 5921 *
Geometry (6–12) Geometry 5163 *
Health Education (6–12) Health Education 5551 *
History (6–12) World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 *
Mathematics (6–12) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Physical Education (6–12) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Physics (6–12) Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *

All Grades

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
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 *
Spanish (P–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 *
Theatre (P–12) Theatre 5641 *
Visual Arts (P–12) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *

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 *
Computer Science (6–12) Computer Science 5652 *
Family and Consumer Sciences Education (6–12) Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *

Tests Required for Issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate

The PLT test is required for individuals whose first PCTF or PCCT was held prior to the 2019–2020 scholastic year.

For individuals who hold a first PCTF during the 2019–2020 scholastic year and thereafter, the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is required in lieu of the PLT. General information pertaining to the edTPA can be found on the ALSDE website and specific Alabama required handbooks and scores can be found in the Educator Assessment Policies.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
All 6–12 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
All 4–8 Teaching Fields (Choose one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
All P–12 Teaching Fields (Choose one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *

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

Alabama State Department of Education

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