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Higher Education Transitional Certificate (HETC) Approach

For Those Applying Based on the Higher Education Transitional Certificate (HETC) 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 HETC Approach requires the individual to obtain a Letter of Eligibility from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE).

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, 2020. 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 Letter of Eligibility:

Pass the required Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) as indicated in the charts below.

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 Letter of Eligibility

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 **
Physics (6–12) Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *

* Score changing September 1, 2020

All Grades

praxis testing for Alabama
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 (–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 *

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 Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is required for issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate. 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.

A passing score on the PLT will be required for the teaching field of Computer Science, as an edTPA Handbook is not available.

praxis testing for Alabama
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Computer Science (6–12) 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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