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Praxis Tests in Alabama

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Praxis exams are used by several states, including Alabama, to assess a beginning teacher's knowledge of subject-specific content and general teaching competency. Use this guide to learn more about state requirements for certification, where to take Praxis exams and courses offered to help you study.

Alabama Praxis Tests

Teachers wishing to gain certification in the state of Alabama are required to take the Praxis Subject Assessments exam after completing a state-approved degree program. Which specific subject assessment you take depends on the discipline and grade level you want to teach. The list below details which Praxis exams are required for each subject area and corresponding grade level. Links for Praxis test prep courses are provided to help you prepare for specific exams.

Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Test

In addition to subject-specific Praxis exams, individuals who do not have a current teaching certificate are also required to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching test. This supplemental exam assesses your pedagogical knowledge in the following grade level ranges:

Individuals who want to teach in any subject for P-12 and 4-8 or special education for K-6 and 6-12 have the option to choose which one of the above tests they will take.

Early Childhood Education Tests

Both Praxis tests listed below are required for certification in early childhood education:

Elementary Education Tests

To teach students at the elementary level, teachers must take the following two exams:

  • Teaching Reading
  • Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects - Includes four subtests in mathematics, reading language arts, science and social studies for grades K-6

Middle School Education Tests

Below are the subject-specific Praxis exams required to teach that content area at the 4-8 grade level:

Secondary Education Tests

To teach specific content areas at the 6-12 grade levels, teachers are required to take the following corresponding exam:

Tests for Teaching Other Specialized Subjects

One of the following exams must be taken to teach that specific subject in all grade levels P-12:

  • English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • French: World Language, German: World Language, Spanish: World Language
  • Latin
  • Music: Content Knowledge (for both choral and instrumental)
  • Physical Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • Theatre
  • Art: Content Knowledge

Special Education Tests

Special education instructors need to pass the following exams for their specific grade range:

  • Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications - Required for collaborative teachers in K-6, 6-12, P-3, Hearing Impairment P-12, Severe Disabilities P-12, Speech or Language Impairment P-12 and Visual Impairment P-12
  • Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects - For special education teachers in K-6
  • Early Childhood Education - For special education instructors in P-3
  • Gifted Education - Required for instructors teaching gifted education in P-12

Career and Technical Education Tests

Instructors wishing to teach in the following fields are required to take the corresponding exam:

Where to Take the Praxis Subject Assessments

All content areas within the Praxis Subject Assessments are administered in a computer-based format, with the exception of Braille Proficiency and Assessment of Signed Communication - American Sign Language. You can register to take the exam online, by mail or over the phone. Fees to take the exam range from $50 to $170, depending on which specific exam you are taking. Some exams are offered continuously while others are given during a specific time frame. Visit the Praxis website to find specific test dates and locations. Scores will be sent electronically to both you and the Alabama State Board of Education.

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