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Alabama

Alabama Educator Preparation Program Approach

 

For Those Applying Based on the Completion of an Alabama State-Approved Educator Preparation Program at an Alabama College or University

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

Individuals should contact the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where they are enrolled for additional information regarding program entry requirements and test implementation dates according to current Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) policies. Individuals who choose to test without advisement from a Certification Officer at an Alabama college or university 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.

Traditional Class B (Bachelor's degree-level) Programs

Individuals applying for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate based on the completion of a Traditional Class B Program must successfully complete the current Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) requirements:

  • Pass the required Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) as indicated in the charts below.
  • Pass the required Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). Information pertaining to specific Alabama required handbooks and scores can be found in the Educator Assessment Policies Manual A and Manual B in the Alabama Teacher Certification page of the Alabama State Department of Education website.
  • A passing score on Foundations of Reading 190 (offered by Pearson Assessments) is required for initial certification in early childhood education (P–3), and collaborative teacher (K–6).  
  • A passing score on the PLT will continue to be required for the teaching fields of Computer Science, Gifted Education, Health Science and Technical Education program areas as an edTPA Handbook is not available.

 

Alternative Class A (Master's degree-level, initial preparation) Programs

Individuals applying for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate based on the completion of an Alternative Class A Alabama State-approved Program must successfully complete the current Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) requirements:

  • Pass the required Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) as indicated in the charts below.
  • Pass the required Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). Information pertaining to specific Alabama required handbooks and scores can be found in the Educator Assessment Policies Manual A and Manual B in the Alabama Teacher Certification page of the Alabama State Department of Education website.
  • A passing score on Foundations of Reading 190 (offered by Pearson Assessments) is required for initial certification in early childhood education (P–3), elementary education (K–6), and collaborative teacher (K–6).  

Traditional Class A (Master's degree-level) or Traditional Class AA (Sixth-year level or Educational Specialist) Programs

Individuals applying for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate in an initial area and/or grade level, based on the completion of a Traditional Class A or Traditional Class AA Alabama State-approved Program, must pass the current AECAP Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) as indicated in the charts below.

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).
 

Tests required for all teaching fields

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT)

The PLT test is required for the teaching fields of Computer Science, Gifted Education, Health Science, and Technical Education program areas as an Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) Handbook is not available.  The edTPA is required for all other teaching fields. Information pertaining to specific Alabama required handbooks and scores can be found in the Educator Assessment Policies Manual A and Manual B at the Alabama Teacher Certification page of the Alabama State Department of Education website.

The chart below only  applies to Traditional Class B or Alternative Class A State-Approved Program Completers, as indicated above. In addition, refer to the required Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) following this PLT chart.
 

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

All Applicable 6–12 Teaching Fields

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

All Applicable 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

 

       
       

Tests required for specific certification areas

To Be Certified in


Pre-Kindergarten Education (Birth to Age 4)

 

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Pre-Kindergarten Education

5531

155

To Be Certified in


Early Childhood Education (P-3)1

 

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Early Childhood Education

5025

156

1 The appropriate score on Foundations of Reading 190 is also required for initial certification in Early Childhood Education (P–3).

To Be Certified in


Elementary Education (K–6)2

 

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Mathematics, Social Studies & Science

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5901

3

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Mathematics

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5903

157

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Science

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5905

158

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Social Studies

5904

154

2 To pass the Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Mathematics, Social Studies & Science test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all three subtests (5903, 5904, 5905) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Mathematics, Social Studies & Science (5901) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.
3 The appropriate score on Foundations of Reading 190 is also required for initial certification in Elementary Education (K–6).
 

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

English Language Arts (4–8)

Middle School English Language Arts

5047

164

French (4–8)

French: World Language

5174

162

General Science (4–8)

Middle School Science

5442

152

General Social Science (4–8)

Middle School Social Studies

5089

153

German (4–8)

German: World Language

5183

163

Health Education (4–8)

Health Education

5551

154

Latin (4–8)

Latin

5601

152

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

Spanish (4–8)

Spanish: World Language

5195

168

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

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

French (6–12)

French: World Language

5174

162

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

German (6–12)

German: World Language

5183

163

Health Education (6–12)

Health Education

5551

154

History (6–12)

World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge

5941

148

Latin (6–12)

Latin

5601

152

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

Spanish (6–12)

Spanish: World Language

5195

168

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

English for Speakers of Other Languages (P–12)

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

Physical Education (P–12)

Physical Education: Content Knowledge

5091

149

Reading Specialist (P–12)

Reading Specialist

Additional testing may be required for unconditional admission into a Class A Reading Specialist Educator Preparation Program. An individual should contact the Alabama college or university at which unconditional admission is desired for information regarding testing requirements. Individuals who choose to test without advisement from the institution, where they are seeking unconditional admission, do so at their own risk.

5302

165

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

Collaborative Teacher (K–6)4

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

and

5354

153

 

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Mathematics, Social Studies & Science

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5901

5

 

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle —Mathematics

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5903

157

 

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Science

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5905

158

 

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Social Studies

5904

154

  4 To pass the Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle—Mathematics, Social Studies & Science test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all three subtests (5903, 5904, 5905) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Mathematics, Social Studies & Science (5901) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.
  5 The appropriate score on Foundations of Reading 190 is also required for initial certification in Collaborative Teacher (K-–6).

Early Childhood Special Education (P–3)

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

and

5354

153

 

Early Childhood Education

5025

156

Gifted (P–12)

Gifted Education

5358

157

Hearing Impairment (P–12)

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

5354

153

Severe Disabilities (P–12)

This is an innovative program at UA only.

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

5354

153

Visual Impairment (P–12)

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

5354

153

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

To Be Certified in


Instructional Leadership (P–12)

 

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

5412

146

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

Library/Media Specialist (P–12)

Library Media Specialist

5311

148

School Counseling
(P–12)

Professional School Counselor

5421

156

School Psychology
(P–12)

School Psychologist

5402

147


TBA: To Be Announced. All TBA scores will be available once the test is required.

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


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