In order to be eligible for Alabama teacher certification, the Alabama State Department of Education requires students in undergraduate and Alternative Master's teacher education programs to complete a series of tests. These tests evaluate students' knowledge of reading, mathematics, and writing required of all teachers, mastery of content knowledge in a specific certification area (Praxis Subject Assessments); and readiness to teach (Educative Teacher Performance Assessment ( edTPA)). These tests are taken at different points throughout the UAB Teacher Education Program. Please consult the guide below to confirm when the tests should be taken.


Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

About the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics deemed by teacher educators to be essential for all candidates preparing to be teachers, no matter what content area or grade-level they aspire to teach. These tests were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.

When do I take this test?

Undergraduate Students: (Prior to Admission to TEP)

Undergraduate students seeking admission to the teacher education program must receive a passing score on the Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests as defined by the Alabama State Department of Education prior to applying for admission to the undergraduate teacher education program.

Alternative Master's Students: (Prior to Admission)

Alternative master's students must receive a passing score on the Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests as defined by the Alabama State Department of Education prior to beginning coursework.

Preparing for the Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

Study materials for the Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests are available on the ETS website.

Register for the Core Tests


Praxis Subject Assessments

About the Praxis Subject Assessments

In order to receive teacher certification from the Alabama State Department of Education, undergraduate and Alternative Master's students must receive a passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessment in their given certification area. Praxis Subject Assessments are administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).

When do I take this test?

Undergraduate Students: (Prior to Student Teaching)

Undergraduate students must receive a passing score as defined by the Alabama State Department of Education on the Praxis Subject Assessment(s) in their given certification area prior to starting student teaching.

* Students pursuing certification in Elementary/Early Childhood are also required to pass the Praxis Teaching Reading prior to beginning student teaching.

Alternative Master's Students: (Prior to Admission)

Alternative Masters’ students must receive a passing score as defined by the Alabama State Department of Education on the Praxis Subject Assessments(s) in their given certification area prior to beginning coursework.

* Students pursuing certification in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education are required to pass the Praxis Teaching Reading prior to beginning student teaching.

What is a Passing Score?

Qualifying score requirements can be found on the ETS website. To locate the qualifying score for your certification area, follow the steps below.

  1. Navigate to https://www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed/
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the section titled Tests Required for Specific Certification Areas
  3. Select your certification area and look under the column titled Qualifying Score

Study Resources

Visit the ETS website for information about Praxis study resources.

Register for the Praxis Subject Assessment(s)


Educative Performance Assessment (edTPA)

About the Educative Performance Assessment (edTPA)

edTPA is a pre-service assessment process designed by educators that includes a review of a teacher candidate’s authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate’s ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all students. Candidates must receive a passing score on the assessment as define by the Alabama State Department of Education.

The edTPA is consequential for certification beginning Fall 2018. For the 2017-2018 academic year, all UAB students must still complete the work for edTPA as a certification and student teaching requirement even if they elect to take the PLT.

When do I take this test?

Undergraduate Students: (edTPA: During Student Teaching)

Undergraduate students must receive a passing score on the edTPA as defined by the Alabama State Department of Education during student teaching.

Alternative Master's Students: (edTPA: During Student Teaching)

Alternative Master's students must receive a passing score as defined by the Alabama State Department of Education during student teaching.