ALSDE Educator Assessment Policies
Manual B Alabama State-Approved Educator Preparation Program Approach to Certification. This document supersedes all previous Educator Assessment policy documents. Effective September 1, 2020. (For individuals seeking admission to or completing an Educator Preparation Program at an Alabama college or university.)
Praxis Subject Assessment
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) requires students in teacher education programs leading to initial certification to complete certain testing requirements. Please refer to your academic department or Overview of Alabama Testing Requirements for further information. NOTE: The time between retakes is 28 days, effective December 10, 2020.
For candidates unable to take the ETS Praxis Subject Assessments at a test center due to site closures and public health concerns. Praxis-at-Home Testing Solution has become a permanent part of the Praxis program. There are plans to add additional tests to the at-home option. Updates will be coming soon. Candidates are not required to select this option, and not all Praxis tests are offered via this option. If you elect to register for at-home testing, you must designate the Alabama State Department of Education as a score recipient by using the code 7020. This is the only way the ALSDE will receive the scores.
Praxis at Home Subject Assessment tests for JSU certification programs. Note: List may change due to updates from ETS.
- 5001 Elementary Education Multiple Subjects Series (5002, 5003, 5004, 5005)
- Note: Effective September 1, 2020, Praxis #5901 Elementary Education Multiple Subjects Bundle (5003, 5004, 5005) will replace #5001 Elementary Education Multiple Subjects Series.
- 5901 Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle (5903, 5904, 5905); (test administration available Sept. 1)
- 5025 Early Childhood Education
- 5354 Special Education
- 5038 English Language Arts
- 5081 Social Studies
- 5161 Math (Effective September 1, 2020, score will increase from 155 to 160.)
- 5205 Teaching Reading: Elem
- 5421 Professional School Counselor
- 5412 Ed Leadership
- 5235 Biology
- 5435 General Science
- 5101 Business Education (test administration available Sept. 1)
- 5122 Family and Consumer Sciences (test administration available Sept. 1)
- 5301 Reading Specialist (test administration available Sept. 1)
- 5941 World History
- 5091 Physical Education
- 5311 Library Media Specialist
- 5551 Health Education
Praxis Subject Test Preparation Webinars Announces
Webinars designed to prepare test takers for success on their test, including a live Q&A session, have been announced:
- September 22, 2020
- January 26, 2021
- March 23, 2021
- May 18, 2021
All webinars start at 1 p.m. ET and a recorded Subject Matter Test video is available on demand. Visit our website to register.
The College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) fees cover the first test attempt for each required Praxis assessment. Each department will contact teacher candidates about ordering and issuing Praxis voucher codes. Once issued, test voucher codes are the responsibility of the teacher candidate. Teacher candidates will register themselves with ETS using the issued voucher codes for the appropriate assessment. If the first attempt does not result in a passing score, the teacher candidate is responsible for the cost of any retakes. (If a student must retake due to a non-passing score, ETS Praxis fee waivers may be available for college students who meet all eligibility criteria. If you qualify for a fee waiver, the test fee for one Praxis Subject Assessment may be waived by ETS. Students are eligible for a fee waiver only once during a testing year, and there are a limited number of waivers available per test date and per institution. All requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis by ETS.)
Teacher education candidates must list ALSDE and JSU as score recipients of the test score at the time of registration. Failure to do so may delay certification by the Alabama State Department of Education.
Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
The edTPA is the required pedagogical assessment for initial certification in those teaching fields for which an edTPA handbook has been developed. For areas where an edTPA handbook has not been developed, the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) is the required pedagogical assessment. Neither edTPA nor PLT will be required if the individual holds a valid Alabama professional educator certificate in a teaching field.
One of these assessments must be completed to meet undergraduate graduation requirements.