Preliminary Certificate (PRE) and Preliminary Certificate Through Exception (PRE EX) 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 the certification approaches.

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PRE Approach

Certification based on the PRE Approach may ONLY be requested by an employing Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible non-public school administrator. An individual should contact the school system or eligible non-public 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 school administrator according to current ALSDE testing policies do so at their own risk.  The Praxis Subject Assessments required for issuance of the PRE are based on the certification area for which the PRE is requested.

PRE in Speech or Language Impairment (SLI)

First PRE

Applicants for the issuance of the first PRE must successfully complete the current Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) requirements:

  • pass the required basic skills assessments of the AECAP prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the first PRE is to be issued (unless the applicant holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate); and
  • pass the required Praxis Subject Assessments test, prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the first PRE is to be issued.

Second PRE

  • If the first PRE in SLI was valid prior to the 2011–2012 scholastic year, applicants for the issuance of the second PRE must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE at 1-334-353-8567 to determine if requirements of the AECAP basic skills assessments were met by the prescribed date. There are no additional Praxis Subject Assessments required.

Third PRE

  • Applicants for the issuance of the third PRE must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE to verify eligibility.
  • If the first PRE in SLI was valid prior to the 2011–2012 scholastic year, applicants for the issuance of the third PRE must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE to determine if current requirements of the AECAP basic skills assessments were met by the prescribed date. There are no additional Praxis Subject Assessments required.

Professional Educator Certificate

  • If the first PRE in SLI was valid prior to the 2011–2012 scholastic year, applicants for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate in SLI based on completion of the PRE Approach must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE  to determine if requirements of the AECAP basic skills assessments were met by the prescribed date. There are no additional Praxis Subject Assessments required.

PRE in Library Media or School Counseling

First PRE

Applicants for the issuance of the first PRE must successfully complete the current Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) requirements:

  • pass the required basic skills assessments of the AECAP prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the first PRE is to be issued (unless the applicant holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate); and
  • pass the required Praxis Subject Assessments prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the first PRE is to be issued.

Second PRE

  • If the first PRE in Library Media or School Counseling was valid prior to the 2011–2012 scholastic year, applicants for the issuance of the second PRE must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE at 1-334-353-8567 to determine if requirements of the AECAP were met by the prescribed date.

Third PRE

  • Applicants for the issuance of the third PRE must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE to verify eligibility.
  • If the first PRE in Library Media or School Counseling was valid prior to the 2011–2012 scholastic year, applicants for the issuance of the third PRE must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE to determine if requirements of the AECAP were met by the prescribed date.

Professional Educator Certificate

  • If the first PRE in Library Media or School Counseling was valid prior to the 2011–2012 scholastic year, applicants for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate in Library Media or School Counseling based on completion of the PRE Approach must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE to determine if requirements of the AECAP were met by the prescribed date.

Requirements for PRE Approaches

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Library/Media Specialist (P–12) Library Media Specialist 5311 146
School Counseling (P–12) Professional School Counselor 5421 151
Speech or Language Impairment (P–12) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 153

PRE EX Approach

Certification based on the PRE EX Approach may ONLY be requested by an employing Alabama county/city superintendent. A request for the PRE EX 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. The Praxis Subject Assessments required for issuance of the PRE EX are based on the certification area for which the PRE EX is requested.

PRE EX in Teaching Fields

First PRE EX

Applicants for the issuance of the first PRE EX must successfully complete the current Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) requirements:

  • pass the required basic skills assessments of the AECAP prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the first PRE EX is to be issued (unless the applicant holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate); and
  • pass the required Praxis Subject Assessments prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the first PRE EX is to be issued.

Second PRE EX

  • If the first PRE EX in the same teaching field is valid for the 2013–2014 scholastic year or thereafter, applicants for the issuance of the second PRE EX must pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test, as indicated in the charts below, prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the second PRE EX is to be issued. The PLT test is not required if the applicant holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate.
  • If the first PRE EX in the same teaching field was valid prior to the 2011–2012 scholastic year, applicants for the issuance of the second PRE EX must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE at 1-334-353-8567 to determine if requirements of the AECAP were met by the prescribed date.

Third PRE EX

  • Applicants for issuance of the third PRE EX must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE to verify eligibility.
  • If the first PRE EX in the same teaching field was valid prior to the 2011–2012 scholastic year, applicants for the issuance of the third PRE EX must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE  to determine if requirements of the AECAP were met by the prescribed date.

Professional Educator Certificate

  • If the first PRE EX in the same teaching field was valid prior to the 2013–2014 scholastic year, applicants for issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate in the same teaching field based on completion of the PRE EX Approach will have no additional Praxis Subject Assessments.
  • If the first PRE EX in the same teaching field was valid prior to the 2011–2012 scholastic year, applicants for issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate in the same teaching field, based on completion of the PRE EX Approach, must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE to determine if requirements of the AECAP basic skills assessments have been met by the prescribed date. There are no additional Praxis Subject Assessments required.

PRE EX in Educational Administration, Instructional Leadership or School Counseling

First PRE EX

Applicants for the issuance of the first PRE EX must successfully complete the current Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) requirements:

  • pass the required basic skills assessments of the AECAP prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the first PRE EX is to be issued (unless the applicant holds a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate); and
  • pass the required Praxis Subject Assessments prior to September 1 of the scholastic year for which the first PRE EX is to be issued.
  • Note: A first PRE EX in School Counseling is no longer available.

Second PRE EX

  • If the first PRE EX in Educational Administration, Instructional Leadership or School Counseling was valid prior to the 2011–2012 scholastic year, applicants for the issuance of the second PRE EX must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE at 1-334-353-8567 to determine if requirements of the AECAP were met by the prescribed date.

Third PRE EX

  • Applicants for issuance of the third PRE EX must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE to verify eligibility.
  • If the first PRE EX in Educational Administration, Instructional Leadership or School Counseling was valid prior to the 2011–2012 scholastic year, applicants for the issuance of the third PRE EX must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE to determine if requirements of the AECAP were met by the prescribed date.

Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate

  • If the first PRE EX in the same area was valid prior to the 2011–2012 scholastic year, applicants for issuance of the Professional Leadership Certificate in Educational Administration or Instructional Leadership or the Professional Educator Certificate in School Counseling based on completion of the PRE EX Approach must contact the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE to determine if requirements of the AECAP were met by the prescribed date.

Tests Required for the PRE EX

Secondary Education or All Grades

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
For 6–12 or P–12 teaching fields eligibility and testing advisement, contact the employing Alabama county/city superintendent or the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE.

Administrator/School Leader

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
For Educational Administration or Instructional Leadership eligibility and testing advisement, contact the employing Alabama county/city superintendent or the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE.

Instructional Support Personnel

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
For School Counseling eligibility and testing advisement, contact the employing Alabama county/city superintendent or the Educator Certification Section of the ALSDE.
A first PRE EX in School Counseling is no longer available.

Tests Required for Issuance of a Second PRE EX in a Teaching Field

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
All 6–12 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 153
All P–12 Teaching Fields (Choose one) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 145
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 153
 

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