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Alabama

Interim Employment Certificate (IEC) 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 IEC 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. In collaboration with the employing school system or eligible nonpublic/private school, the IEC Approach requires unconditional admission to an Alabama Educator Preparation Program.

Individuals should contact the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where they are enrolled or plan to enroll 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 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.



Alabama provides the IEC Approach for four categories of individuals:

  • those unconditionally admitted to an Alternative Class A Program provided by an Alabama college or university
  • those unconditionally admitted to a Traditional Class A Program provided by an Alabama college or university in an area of Special Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Instructional Leadership, Library Media, School Counseling and Reading Specialist
  • those unconditionally admitted to a Traditional Class AA Program provided by an Alabama college or university in an area of Special Education
  • those unconditionally admitted to a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Accredited Program in School Counseling at an Alabama university

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

For the issuance of the first IEC:

  • Pass the required Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests), as indicated in the charts below, before the date the application is received in the Educator Certification Section.

For the issuance of the second and third IEC (if applicable):
No tests are required.

For the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate:
Additional testing may be required for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate. Please refer to Alabama Educator Preparation Program Approach or consult with the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where enrolled for additional information. Application for the Professional Educator Certificate is made by the individual, in conjunction with the Alabama institution, upon completion of all requirements of the Alternative Class A Educator Preparation Program.

Traditional Class A Educator Preparation Programs

Individuals applying for the issuance of the first IEC based on unconditional admission to an Alabama Traditional Class A Educator Preparation Program in an area of Special Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Instructional Leadership, Library Media, School Counseling and Reading Specialist have no test requirements for the IEC Approach.

Testing may be required for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate. Please refer to Alabama Educator Preparation Program Approach or consult with the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where enrolled for additional information. Application for the Professional Educator Certificate or Professional Leadership Certificate is made by the individual, in conjunction with the Alabama institution, upon completion of all requirements of the Traditional Class A Educator Preparation Program.

Traditional Class AA Educator Preparation Programs in Areas of Special Education

Individuals applying for the issuance of the first IEC based on unconditional admission to an Alabama Traditional Class AA Educator Preparation Program in an area of Special Education have no test requirements for the IEC Approach.

Testing may be required for the issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate. Please refer to Alabama Educator Preparation Program Approach or consult with the Certification Officer at the Alabama college or university where enrolled for additional information. Application for the Professional Educator Certificate is made by the individual, in conjunction with the Alabama institution, upon completion of all requirements of the Traditional Class AA Educator Preparation Program.

CACREP-Accredited School Counseling Program

Test requirements for issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate may be found at Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Accredited School Counseling Program and on the application forms. Application for the Professional Educator Certificate is made by the applicant, in conjunction with the Alabama institution, upon completion of all requirements of the CACREP-Accredited School Counseling Program Approach.

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 Assessments (content tests) required for issuance of the first IEC


To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (P-3)

Early Childhood Education

5025

156


To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education (K-6) Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle—Mathematics, Social Studies & Science
(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5901

1

 

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle—Mathematics
(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5903

157

 

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle—Sciences
(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5905

158

 

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle—Social Studies
(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5904

154

 

1 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.


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

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)

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

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5901

2

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Mathematics

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5903

157

 

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Sciences

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5905

158

 

Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle — Social Studies

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

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.

Collaborative Teacher (6–12)

No Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) are required for the First IEC

Early Childhood Special Education
(P–3)

Early Childhood Education

5025

156

Gifted (P–12)

No Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) are required for the First IEC.

Hearing Impairment (P–12)

No Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) are required for the First IEC.

Visual Impairment (P–12)

No Praxis Subject Assessments (content tests) are required for the First IEC.


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

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).


Alabama Department of Education