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Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program

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Click here for information on the Praxis Tests At Home Information.

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. 

Preparation materials can be found on the ETS Website or by clicking here.

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.


Foundational Reading Assessment: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education K-6

Foundations of Reading 190
Be sure to make UWA as a score recipient to this test.  
Alabama Foundations of Reading Voucher Order Form


With many educator preparation programs (EPPs) and P - 12 school districts impacted by COVID-19, Pearson is carefully monitoring the evolving situation and reviewing policies for edTPA submission and scoring to identify additional guidelines for programs and candidates.  
Pearson is committed to assisting candidates impacted by COVID-19, and the following information is offered during this time as we partner with SCALE to develop additional guidance:
·     Upon edTPA registration, teacher candidates have 18 months to prepare and submit a finalized portfolio for both initial portfolio submissions and retake submissions. If necessary, teacher candidates impacted by COVID-19 may request an extension if they are unable to submit a finalized portfolio within the 18-month window by contacting a Pearson Customer Support representative by phone at (413) 256-2889, or toll free at (866) 565-4872, or via the email form available on the program website. Note: Pearson will extend the registration at no additional cost to teacher candidates impacted by COVID-19.
·     School districts impacted by COVID-19 may be using virtual learning environments for delivering instruction to students for the part/all of the remainder of the school year. Detailed guidance on ways programs can support candidates preparing materials for edTPA within the virtual learning environment are currently being developed.  
·     Alternative arrangements are available upon request for candidates teaching in online learning environments in which the evidence collected does not meet the technical specifications outlined in the edTPA Submission Requirements. Pearson is currently updating the process and documentation for requesting alternative arrangements due to COVID-19. This information will be sent to you as soon as it is available.  
Pearson is committed to working with programs during school closures and is available to answer questions related to edTPA. As additional guidance becomes available, it will be communicated via edTPA.com and edTPA Coordinators.    

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 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

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