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PRAXIS SERIES ASSESSMENTS

Praxis I     |      Praxis II      |      FAQs

 

As part of successful completion of all College of Education teacher preparation programs and in order to be certified to teach in the State of Maryland, students must pass the Praxis Series Assessment Examinations. The Praxis assessments include two different sets of tests: Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) and Praxis II: Subject Assessments. All scores should be sent to the University of Maryland, Institution Code R5814.

PRAXIS I: Pre-Professional Skills Test:
In order to meet the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) certification requirements, students must submit qualifying scores for the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) which consists of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics assessments. Students must obtain minimum passing scores for the Praxis I tests prior to applying to the professional teacher education programs.

Major

Praxis I Assessments                 Institution Code R5814

ALL AREAS

Paper Based:

  • PPST Reading (Code 10710) – Passing Score 177
  • PPST Writing (Code 20720) – Passing Score 173
  • PPST Mathematics (Code 10730) – Passing Score 177

Computer Based

  • C-PPST Reading (Code 5710) – Passing Score 177
  • C-PPST Writing (Code 5720) – Passing Score 173
  • C-PPST Mathematics (Code 5730) – Passing Score 177

View the PowerPoint presentation on How to Register for the Praxis I Exam

Praxis II: Subject Assessments:

The Content Area assessments vary for each area of certification, based upon your major and the age/grade level of certification you are seeking.  The chart below indicates the required test(s) for each area of certification.

Successful completion of Praxis II assessments (passing scores meeting the MSDE requirements) is required for continuation into Phase II of the student teaching internship. 

LICENSURE AREA

TEST REQUIRED

TEST CODE

MD SCORE

Art

Art: Content and Analysis

0135

161

Biology

Biology: Content Knowledge

Principles of Learning and Teaching:Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)

0235/5235 
0624/5624

150

157

Business   Education

Business Education: Content Knowledge 
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)

0101/5101
0624/5624

154
157

Chemistry

Chemistry: Content Knowledge
Principles of Learning and Teaching:Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)

0245/5245
0624/5624

153
157

Chinese Mandarin Chinese (Mandarin)
World Languages: Pedagogy***
5655
0841
165
158

Early Childhood

Early Childhood: Content Knowledge


Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood (Pedagogy)

0022 
5022

0621/5621

160
160

157

Earth/Space 

Earth/Science: Content Knowledge
Principles of Learning and Teaching:Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)

0571/5571
0624/5624

152
157

Economics Economics
Principles of Learning and Teaching (Pedagogy)
0911

150
157

Elementary Education

Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications

Principles of Learnng and Teaching: Grades K-6 (Pedagogy)

5015

0622/5622

161

160

English

English Language, Arts Content: and Analysis
Principles of Learning and Teaching:Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)

5039

0624/5624

168

157

Environmental Education Environmental Education 0831 156

ESOL

English to Speakers of Other Languages

0361

149

Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences
Principles of Learning and Teaching:Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)
0121/5121
0624/5624
159
157

French

World Languages: French
(computer delivered)
World Languages: Pedagogy***

5174

0841

162

158

Geography Geography
Principles of Learning and Teaching:Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)
0921
0624/5624

168
157

German

World Languages: German
(computer delivered)
World Languages: Pedagogy***

5183

0841

163

158

Health Health Education

0550/5550

630
History World and US History: Content Knowledge
Principles of Learning and Teaching:Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)
0941
0624/5624
160
157
Latin Latin
World Languages: Pedagogy***
0601
0841
152
158

Mathematics

Mathematics: Content Knowledge

Principles of Learning and Teaching:Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)

5161

0624/5624

160

157

Music

Music:  Content & Instruction 

0114

162

Physics

Physics: Content  Knowledge
Principles of Learning and Teaching:Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)

0265/5265
0624/5624

143
157

Physical Education

Physical Education: Content and Design

0095/5095

169

Political Science Government/Political Science
Principles of Learning and Teaching:Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)
0931
0624/5624

149
157

Physical Science

Chemistry, Physics and General Science 
Principles of Learning and Teaching:Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)

0070
0624/5624

520
157

Social Studies

Social Studies: Content and Interpretation
Principles of Learning and Teaching:Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)

0086/5086
0624/5624

153
157

Spanish

World Language: Spanish
World Languages: Pedagogy***

5195

0841

168

158

Special Education

Core Knowledge and Applications

0354/5354

151

Technology Education

Technology Education
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)

0051
0624/5624

159
157

Theater Theater
Principles of Learning and Teaching (Pedagogy)
0641
0624/5624
151
157
School Psychologist School Psychologist 0401 161
Reading Option - - -

Reading

Teaching Reading: Elementary Education

 

5203

162

Applicants or current certificate holders with certification in early childhood, elementary, or special education at the early childhood and elementary levels may test out of the reading requirement (12 semester hours) by meeting the qualifying score on the above Praxis II assessment. 

Administrator II

School Leaders Licensure Assessment

1011/6011

165

Middle School (Two content assessments required if graduating from an approved dual program).
Middle School Middle School: English/Language Arts 5047 164
Principles of Learning and Teaching:5-9 (Pedagogy)*** 0623/5623 160
Middle School: Mathematics
Principles of Learning and Teaching:5-9 (Pedagogy)***
5169
0623/5623
165
160
Middle School: Science
Principles of Learning and Teaching:5-9 (Pedagogy)***
0439
0623/5623
145
160
Middle School: Social Studies 0089/5089 154
Principles of Learning and Teaching:5-9 (Pedagogy)*** 0623/5623 160

*** This pedagogy test is not required for graduates of approved teacher preparation programs in world languages or middle school. It is a requirement only for candidates completing certification through transcript analysis or alternative preparation programs.


PRAXIS  II  SUBJECT ASSESSMENTS

Please Note: 
NOTE: As of January 1, 2011 qualifying scores will no longer be accepted.

FAQs

When are the Praxis Series Assessments offered?

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) praxis tests are offered at various locations and dates throughout the United States as well as some international areas. For more information on the praxis tests please view the The Praxis Series Information Bulletin which provides facts on everything from registration through learning to read your scores.

How do I register for the Praxis Series Assessments?

Detailed information regarding the Praxis Series Assessments, including registration procedures, costs, and Maryland qualifying scores, is available at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.

(NOTE: The University of Maryland is a testing site for the Praxis through the Counseling Center, Testing and Research Center . The praxis I test is offered in computer format while the praxis II tests are offered in pencil and paper format.)

Why are Praxis tests required?

Praxis I and Praxis II tests are certification requirements, required by the Maryland State Department of Education and are part of the College of Education’s teacher preparation programs.  All students enrolled in teacher preparation programs must successfully complete all certification requirements as part of the degree program.  Students will be required to submit Praxis score reports to the Maryland State Department of Education upon graduation.

When should I plan to take the Praxis assessments?

You should begin preparing 2-3 months prior to taking the test. The Praxis I assesses basic knowledge in reading, writing, and mathematics. It is also a College of Education selective admissions requirement and is typically taken during or immediately following the freshman year. All students must meet the State of Maryland's score requirement on each individual assessment, Reading, Writing, and Mathematics as part of the admission process.

The Praxis II measures your knowledge of subject(s), education methodology, and pedagogy in the subject area you will be teaching. The Praxis II subject exams typically are taken late in the Junior year. However, the questions for the Praxis II pedagogy exams are based on information taught during your education methods courses. Successful completion of the Praxis II assessments is a requirement for continuation ino Phase II of the student teaching internship.

Where should I send my scores?

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) no longer mails score reports. Students are encouraged to print their score reports upon viewing them online.   Students should indicate the University of Maryland, College Park as an official score recipient, Recipient Code: R5814, when registering.

How can I prepare for the Praxis I Exams?

Check out the guidelines in Tips to Prepare for the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test.

Students can check out study guide books available from the Office of Student Services, Room 1204 Benjamin Building. You may check out each book for a 24 hour period. Please bring your student ID when checking out these preparation materials.

Visit the Educational Testing Services website for webinars offered for test preparation. Study guides are also available (a cost is associated with them and varies depending on the exam).

Where can I go on campus to get individual help?

Individual help is available from the following offices on campus:

  • Learning Assistance Service (LAS), offers workshops and individual help in various academic areas, such as, math and writing. The Math Learning Program helps students reduce anxiety about math by teaching them study and test-taking skills. They are located within the Counseling Center, Shoemaker Building, Room 2202, call 301-314-9685 for more info.
  • The Writing Center, offered through the English Department, assists students with tutoring to develop skills in writing, organizing and revising essays. Also, available are workshops throughout the semester. You must make an appointment online, but the tutoring is free. Located in Room 1205 Tawes Hall, 301-405-3785.
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