Praxis Tests in Alabama

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Certification and Praxis Exams in Alabama

The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) sets forth specific guidelines for teacher licensure through its Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP). This article focuses on Praxis requirements for candidates who have completed a state-approved educator preparation program through an Alabama college or university. There are alternative pathways available, and you can review those on the ALSDE website or Praxis website.

To become an Alabama educator, you are typically responsible for passing three types of tests, which assess basic skills, content knowledge, and professional standards:

  • Basic Skills: Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)
  • Content Knowledge: Praxis II Subject Assessment(s)
  • Professional Standards: Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) or edPTA.

To gain admission to an Alabama Educator Preparation Program, you must first pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core). Which specific subject assessment(s) you take depends on the discipline and grade level you want to teach. The professional standards test depends on the date you apply for your licensure.

Praxis Core Tests for Alabama

There are currently two different versions of the Core tests. This first set is the current requirement:

Core Academic Skills for Educators - Subtest Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5713) 156
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5723) 162
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5733) 150

A Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5752) containing all three subtests is also available.

Praxis II Subject Assessments

This section is the most information-dense because it includes charts for each of the major education categories (as classified by Alabama). In each category, you can review the Praxis exams and qualifying scores for each certification area.

Pre-Kindergarten Education

In Alabama, the specific Praxis exams you will have to take vary based on the age range of the students you want to be certified to teach. The first of these is birth-age 4. This is the pre-kindergarten level, which requires the Praxis Pre-Kindergarten Education exam.

Certification Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Pre-Kindergarten Education (Birth to Age 4) Pre-Kindergarten Education (5531) 155

Early Childhood Education

Candidates interested in working with young children can also consider earning an early childhood education certification (P-3), which requires two Praxis exams:

Certification Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Early Childhood Education (P-3) Teaching Reading: Elementary (5205) 159
Early Childhood Education (5025) 156

Elementary Education

To teach students at the elementary level, defined in Alabama as K-6, candidates must pass the following Praxis exams:

Certification Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Elementary Education (K-6) Teaching Reading: Elementary (5205) 159
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) Must pass all subtests; see chart below

You can either take all the subtests at once by registering for Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001), or you can take the subtests individually.

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects - Subtest Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Reading Language Arts Subtest (5002) 157
Mathematics Subtest (5003) 157
Social Studies Subtest (5004) 154
Science Subtest (5005) 158

Middle School Education

The certification for middle school education covers grades 4-8, and certification in each subject requires the corresponding Praxis exams:

Certification Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing 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 (5440) 151
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) Middle School Mathematics (5169) 165
Spanish (4-8) Spanish: World Language (5195) 168

Secondary Education

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

Certification Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing 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) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161) 155
Physics (6-12) Physics: Content Knowledge (5265) 138
Spanish (6-12) Spanish: World Language (5195) 168

Praxis Tests for All Grades

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

Certification Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing 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 (5301) 164
Spanish (P-12) Spanish: World Language (5195) 168
Theatre (P-12) Theatre (5641) 154
Visual Arts (P-12) Art: Content Knowledge (5134) 158

Special Education

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

Certification Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Collaborative Teacher (K-6) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354) AND Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) 153 / Must pass all subtests; see chart below
Collaborative Teacher (6-12) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354) 153
Early Childhood Special Education (P-3) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354) AND Early Childhood Education (5025) 153 / 156
Gifted (P-12) Gifted Education (5358) 157
Hearing Impairment (P-12) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354) 153
Severe Disabilities (P-12) (Only through UA) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354) 153
Visual Impairment (P-12) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354) 153

If you are seeking licensure as Collaborative Teacher (K-6), you're required to pass the Elementary Education - Multiple Subjects (5001) Praxis. You can either take all four subtests at once by registering for test 5001 or you can take the subtests individually. A passing score on each subtest is required.

Here are the four subtests:

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects - Subtest Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Reading Language Arts Subtest (5002) 157
Mathematics Subtest (5003) 157
Social Studies Subtest (5004) 154
Science Subtest (5005) 158

Career & Technical Education

Instructors wishing to teach in the following fields for grades 6-12 are required to take the corresponding exam:

Certification Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Agriscience Education (6-12) Agriculture (5701) 147
Business/Marketing Education (6-12) Business Education: Content Knowledge (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) 161

Administrator/School Leader

Certification Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Instructional Leadership (P-12) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (5412) 146

Instructional Support Personnel

Certification Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Library/Media Specialist (P-12) Library Media Specialist (5411) 148
School Counseling (P-12) Professional School Counselor (5421) 156
School Psychology (P-12) School Psychologist (5402) 147

Praxis Professional Standards Test

In addition to the Core and subject-specific Praxis exams, individuals applying for an initial teaching certificate are also required to take a supplemental exam to assess their pedagogical knowledge. There are two options:

The Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA): Candidates whose applications were received on/after September 1, 2018 must take this exam. This exam is NOT administered through Praxis; for details, consult the ALSDE website.

The Principles of Teaching and Learning (PTL): Candidates whose applications were received on/before August 31, 2018 had to take this exam. Candidates interested in being certified to teach Technical Education, Gifted Education and Health Science still have to pass the PTL. If you will be certified in one of these areas, there are two PTL test options (as of September 2019):

Certification Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
All 6-12 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (5624) 157
All P-12 Teaching Fields Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (5622) OR Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (5624) 160 / 157

Praxis Testing Centers in Alabama

All Praxis Subject Assessments used by the Alabama Department of Education are administered in a computer-based format. You can register to take the exam online, by mail or over the phone. Fees to take the exam range from $60 to $170, depending on which exam or subtest you are taking. Some exams are offered year round 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 automatically as long as you sit for your exam at a testing center in Alabama. If you take your Praxis out-of-state, make sure your score recipient is the Alabama Department of Education (code 7020).

Here are the Alabama testing centers, as of September 2019:

Testing Center Address
Auburn University 112 South College, Auburn, AL 36849
Alabama A and M University 100 Drake Dr, Normal, AL 35762
Alabama State University Robert C Hatch Dr, Montgomery, AL 36104
Birmingham - Beacon Parkway West 601 Beacon Parkway West, Birmingham, AL 35209
Athens State University Chasteen Hall, Room 100, Athens, AL 35611
Dothan 2 2307 Hartford Highway, Dothan, AL 36305
Huntsville - Exchange Place 210 Exchange Place, Huntsville, AL 35806
Jefferson State Community College Jefferson Campus, Birmingham, AL 35215
Mobile - Hillcrest Road 1234 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL 36695
Montgomery - Lomac Street 4240 Lomac St, Montgomery, AL 36106
Troy University 100 University Park, Troy, AL 36082
University of Alabama at Birmingham 936 19th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294
University of Alabama 301 7th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
University of North Alabama Wendell Gunn University Commons, 2nd Floor, Florence, AL 35632

Praxis Preparation & Study Guides for Alabama Teachers

You can also prepare for content exams through our Praxis Core and Praxis II Subject Assessments study guides.

Check out some of these relevant courses:

And, don't forget to check out our Praxis Practice Tests! After you study the appropriate subject assessment course (including those in the above table), you can take the corresponding practice test. Your goal is to achieve 70%, the passing score for our assessments!

Each state's Praxis requirements are different. Here, you can check the Praxis requirements for other states.

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