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Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program

ALSDE Educator Assessment Policies

Praxis Preparation

Online practice PRAXIS preparation via 240 Tutoring is available with login for all UWA COE students. To obtain login credentials, please contact Mrs. Lisa Marques (lmarques@uwa.edu). If additional preparation for PRAXIS exams is desired, you can find additional study guides offered by 240 Tutoring here.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators

To register online:  http://www.ets.org/praxis/al

Questions:  Questions: 1.800.772.9476 or 1.609.771.7395 or 1.866.387.8602 (for disability services)

The Core Academic Skills for Educators tests are not required for admission to an Alabama educator preparation program until September 1, 2017, however, the test will be accepted as an alternative to the existing requirement (Basic Skills Assessment) beginning October 1, 2016.

ETS Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 (156)

ETS Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 (162)

ETS Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5732 (150)


If you wish to take all three Core exams (5712, 5722, 5732) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5751) when registering.

Scores will be reported by individual test (5712, 5722, 5732).

*Must indicate UWA as a score recipient. UWA Code: 1737
*Must indicate ALSDE as a score recipient. ALSDE Code: 7020

It is the student's responsibility to verify that the official Praxis score report has been received by the Certification Office.


Praxis II (Content Knowledge Test)

To register online:  http://www.ets.org/praxis/al 
Questions: 1.800.772.9476 or 1.609.771.7395 or 1.866.387.8602 (for disability services)

Fee Waiver Information:  https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/fee_waivers/

The Praxis II® tests of the AECTP measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills. 


To determine the required Praxis II test(s) and score(s) for your major, choose the appropriate link:

Must indicate UWA as score recipient. UWA Code: 1737
Must indicate ALSDE as score recipient. ALSDE Code: 7020

It is the student's responsibility to verify that the official Praxis score report has been received by the Certification Office.


Basic Skills Assessment Test

The basic skills assessments of the AECTP consists of the Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Writing assessments from the ACT WorkKeys System. The assessments measure an examinee's foundational skills that are necessary for effectively performing the critical tasks required of Alabama educators.

The last administration for date for the ACT WorkKeys basic skills assessments of the Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) was July 8, 2017.

ACT WorkKeys Basic Skills Request Form and Instructions


edTPA 

Beginning fall 2018, a passing score on the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is required for all initial certification programs (undergraduate & Alternate A programs). All University of West Alabama (UWA) student interns must complete and pass edTPA during their internship course (ED 409/ED 509) for student teaching requirements and Alabama educator certification. A passing score on edTPA is a UWA degree requirement. EdTPA will take the place of the Principles of Teaching and Learning (PLT) assessment. UWA students will no longer be required to take the PLT.

 

EdTPA is a portfolio assessment developed by Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) featuring 3 tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment. It is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom.

 

All UWA interns will receive support and guidance throughout the completion of edTPA.

For additional information on edTPA refer to the following website: EdTPA for Alabama