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Testing Requirements for Teacher Certification Programs

Praxis at Home through ETS is available. If you elect to register for at-home testing, you must designate both the University of Montevallo and 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 can be accessed here.

Please note: There are equipment and environmental requirements for testing at home that are designated by Proctor U. Your test may be cancelled by Proctor U if the requirements are not met. ETS provides a preparation checklist to ensure that you meet the Praxis at Home requirements. ETS/Praxis at Home requirements, click here.

The Alabama State Department of Education requires students in teacher education programs to complete tests for certification. Please refer to the information below to ascertain which test or series of tests your program requires:

Undergraduate Testing Requirements
Alternative Masters Testing Requirements*
School Counseling Testing Requirements
Instructional Leadership (RHO/MEd) Testing Requirements

*Alternative Masters applicants can be admitted with an Alternate Test Score if their undergraduate GPA is below a 2.75

Core Academic Skills for Educators test
While the Core is no longer required for the ALSDE, it is required for CEHD accreditation. More information is available on the TES Core Academic Skills for Educators webpage, found here.

Updated testing requirements for September 1, 2020
  • Elementary Multiple Subjects Praxis #5001 will be replaced by Elementary Multiple Subjects Praxis #5901; scores from #5001 may be combined with scores from #5901.
  • Teaching Reading #5204 will be replaced by Teaching Reading: Elementary #5205; students are encouraged to take #5205 as it is currently available.
  • Mathematics Content Knowledge #5161 will increase from 155 to 160; this should be the last increase.
  • Collaborative K-6 students are now required to take Teaching Reading #5205 along with Elementary Multiple Subjects #5901 and Special Education #5354.
Tips and Best Practices:
  • Candidates need to make sure they are including both UM and the ALSDE as score recipients. The code for ALSDE is 7020, and is listed on the testing page of the TES website.
  • Candidates need to confirm the equipment and environmental requirements before they register for any test.  If these requirements are not met, they will not be allowed to test.  A link to the requirements can be found on our testing page.
  • Candidates must register through their ETS account, then through their ProctorU account.
  • Changing the date and/or time of a test can be done through ProctorU, but cancelling at test must be done through Praxis Customer Service.
Test Preparation Webinars:

ETS is now offering test preparation webinars to help prepare test takers.  Live Q&A sessions will be included.  All tests begin at 1 p.m.  The dates for these webinars are below; TES will also post the dates to the testing page of our website and to our information board outside our offices.  At this time, only the Core webinar and the Praxis preparation webinar are available for registration.

There is also a prerecorded webinar available on demand that offers information regarding ETS resources for test preparation.

More information, including webinar registration, can be found here:
https://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/webinars/?WT.dcsvid=MTA0NDk2NDk3NzI5NAS2

Praxis Test Taker Preparation:

September 22, 2020

Core Test Webinars:

September 15, 2020
October 13, 2020
November 17, 2020
December 8, 2020
January 19, 2021
February 16, 2021
March 16, 2021
April 13, 2021
May 11, 2021

Subject Test Webinars:

September 22, 2020
January 26, 2021
March 23, 2021
May 18, 2021