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Alabama

Provisional Certificate in a Teaching Field (PCTF) Approach

For Those Applying Based on the PCTF Approach

General testing information for all applicants may be found in the Overview of Alabama Testing Requirements.

Visit the Alabama Alternative Certificates page on the Alabama State Department of Education website for information regarding this certification approach.

Certification based on the PCTF Approach may ONLY be requested by an employing Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible nonpublic/private school administrator. An individual should contact the school system or eligible nonpublic/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 nonpublic/private school administrator according to current ALSDE testing policies do so at their own risk.

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, 2022. 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. Additional information regarding testing may be found in the Educator Assessment Policies Manual A and Manual B on the Alabama Teacher Certification page at the Alabama State Department of Education website.



For the issuance of the first PCTF:

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

For the issuance of the second PCTF:
No tests are required.

For the issuance of the third PCTF:
No tests are required.

For issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate:

Find your certification area below to determine which test(s) you need to take. For test prep materials, click the test title. Once you know which tests you should take, schedule your test.

Unless it’s specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, you can’t use a calculator on any Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).
 

Praxis Subject Assessment(s) required for issuance of the first PCTF

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
English Language Arts (4–8)

Middle School English Language Arts

5047 164
General Science
(4–8)
Middle School Science 5442 152
General Social Science (4–8)

Middle School Social Studies

5089 153
Mathematics (4–8)

Accepted through August 31, 2022

Middle School Mathematics

(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

or

5169 165
 

Required beginning September 1, 2022

Middle School Mathematics

(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

5164 157
       

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Algebra I (6–12)

Algebra I

5162

157

Biology (6–12)

Biology: Content Knowledge

5235

150

Chemistry (6–12)

Chemistry: Content Knowledge

5245

150

Computer Science (6–12)

Computer Science

5652

149

English Language Arts (6–12)

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

5038

167

General Science
(6–12)

General Science: Content Knowledge

5435

152

General Social Science (6–12)

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

5081

155

Geography (6–12)

Geography

5921

153

Geometry (6–12)

Geometry

5163

148

Health Education (6–12)

Health Education

5551

154

History (6–12)

World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge

5941

148

Mathematics (6–12)

Accepted through August 31, 2022

Mathematics: Content Knowledge

(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

or

5161

160

 

Required beginning September 1, 2022

Mathematics

(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

5165 159

Physics (6–12)

Physics: Content Knowledge

5265

138

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

English for Speakers of Other Languages

English to Speakers of Other Languages

5362

155

French (P–12)

French: World Language

5174

162

German (P–12)

German: World Language

5183

163

Latin (P–12)

Latin

5601

152

Music, Choral
(P–12)

Music: Content Knowledge

5113

161

Music, Instrumental (P–12)

Music: Content Knowledge

5113

161

Spanish (P–12)

Spanish: World Language

5195

168

Theatre (P–12)

Theatre

5641

154

Visual Arts (P–12)

Art: Content Knowledge

5134

158

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Agriscience Education (6–12)

Agriculture

5701

147

Business/
Marketing Education (6–12)

Business Education: Content Knowledge

(Calculator allowed)

5101

154

Career Technologies (6–12)

Technology Education

5051

159

Computer Science (6–12)

Computer Science

5652

149

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (6–12)

Family and Consumer Sciences

5122

153

Tests required for issuance of the professional educator certificate

Individuals holding the PCTF certificate(s) have the option of completing requirements in 1, 2 or 3 years.  Testing options are based on the number of years the PCTF certificate(s) is/are held:

  • If the individual holds the PCTF certificate(s) for 1 or 2 scholastic years, the following test option must be met for issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate following the PCTF Approach:
    • A passing score on the required Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) by October 1 of the scholastic year for which the final PCTF certificate expires. Information pertaining to specific Alabama required handbooks and scores can be found in the Educator Assessment Policies Manual A and Manual B on the Alabama State Department of Education website.
  • If the individual holds the PCTF certificates for 3 scholastic years, one of the following testing options must be met for issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate following the PCTF Approach:
    • A passing score on the required Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) by October 1 of the scholastic year for which the final PCTF certificate expires. Information pertaining to specific Alabama required handbooks and scores can be found in the Educator Assessment Policies Manual A and Manual B on the Alabama State Department of Education website.
      or
    • A passing score on the required Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test (as indicated in the charts below) by October 1 of the calendar year before the third PCTF certificate expires.

 

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

157

All 4–8 Teaching Fields (Choose one)

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

All P–12 Teaching Fields (Choose one)

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157


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


Alabama Department of Education