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Overview of Alabama Testing Requirements

Alabama's testing program has been adopted by the Alabama State Board of Education. The Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) consists of the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators and Praxis Subject Assessments (content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge).

  • Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators,
  • Praxis Subject Assessments (content knowledge),
  • Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching (pedagogical knowledge), and
  • edTPA® Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (pedagogical knowledge).

Individuals seeking certification in Alabama must successfully complete the current requirements of the AECAP, as applicable.

Individuals seeking to reinstate an Alabama certificate that has lapsed for less than 12 months may choose to successfully complete the current AECAP required Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) for certificate reinstatement.

All individuals seeking to reinstate an Alabama certificate that has lapsed for more than 12 months must successfully complete the current AECAP required Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) for certificate reinstatement.

Choose from one of the certification approaches to the left for specific testing requirements.

Important: TEST CHANGES and SCORE INCREASES are effective for tests taken and applications received in the Educator Certification Section on or after September 1, 2018. Information can be viewed in the Educator Assessment Policies.

Visit the Alabama State Department of Education's (ALSDE) website for specific information about the Alabama certification approaches.

Important Information

  • Alabama requires your complete and accurate Social Security number (SSN) to process educator certification paperwork. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes, but will submit it to Alabama with your Praxis results. Submitting your registration without your complete and accurate SSN will result in you paying an additional fee to have your results sent to Alabama. Once you have supplied ETS with your complete and accurate SSN and the ALSDE has received your passing score(s), only then will your application for Alabama certification be processed.
  • If you test in Alabama, your score report will be sent automatically to the Alabama State Department of Education. If you test outside of Alabama, select the Alabama State Department of Education (state code 7020) as a score recipient when you register. Failure to do so will result in an additional fee to have your score(s) electronically submitted to the Alabama State Department of Education.
  • Alabama requires official electronic score reports directly from ETS. Alabama does not accept paper score reports. Praxis® scores (current and discontinued) are only reportable by ETS for 10 years from the date the test was taken.
  • ETS discontinued paper-delivered testing, however, Praxis tests will continue to be available in a paper-delivered format as required for ADA accommodations.

See also:

Alabama State Department of Education

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