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Alaska Educator Qualifications (formerly Highly Qualified)

Alaska no longer requires teachers to be "Highly Qualified" per Alaska regulations and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Under NCLB, teachers had to meet the high qualification requirement which was used for out-of-field. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the current authorization of ESEA, has eliminated highly qualified. In Alaska's ESSA State Plan, the required out-of-field definition is being determined.

The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) is proposing the following definition:

Out-of-field teacher: A teacher teaching in a subject area that they are not endorsed to teach.

As Alaska transitions to implement ESSA, teachers are encouraged to continue to demonstrate content knowledge in the subject areas that they have teaching assignments. In addition, teachers are able to add endorsements with passing scores on the endorsement-related content area exam and two years of teaching experience in the content area. This option is only available where content area exam(s) have been identified and not for elementary, reading, or special education.

Visit Alaska Teacher Certification for more information about educator qualification requirements in Alaska.

Find your licensure area below to determine which test you need to take and to see the minimum qualifying score. To learn more about a specific test, click the test title. Once you know your test(s), find out how to register for Praxis® tests and read the Praxis test retake policy.

In general, unless it is specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, calculators may not be used on any Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).

If you test in Alaska, your score report will be sent automatically to the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. If you test outside of Alaska, select the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (State Code 7027) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

Early Childhood and Elementary Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Elementary Developmental K–8 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 *
or
Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 5017 *
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects(On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5001 ¹
Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 *
Mathematics Subtest(On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 *
Social Studies Subtest 5004 *
Science Subtest(On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 *
1 To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (5002, 5003, 5004, 5005) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 7811 ²
Reading and Language Arts CKT Subtest 7812 *
Mathematics CKT Subtest(On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 7813 *
Science CKT Subtest 7814 *
Social Studies CKT Subtest 7815 *
2 To pass the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (7812, 7813, 7814, 7815) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (7811) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.

Middle School Education

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Middle School 6–8 Middle School: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5146 *
Middle School English Language Arts 6–8 Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
Middle School Mathematics 6–8 Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
Middle School Science 6–8 Middle School Science 5440 *
Middle School Social Studies 6–8 Middle School Social Studies 5089 *

Secondary Education

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Art Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 *
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
Earth Science Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 *
Economics Economics 5911 *
English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 *
or
English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039 *
General Science General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
Geography Geography 5921 *
Geometry Geometry(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5163 *
Government and Political Science Government/Political Science 5931 *
History World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 *
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Music Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Physical Science Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
or
General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
or
Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Social Studies Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
Speech Communication Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *
Theatre Theatre 5641 *

World Languages

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To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
French French: World Language 5174 *
German German: World Language 5183 *
Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 *

Visit Alaska Teacher Certification for more information about educator certification requirements in Alaska.

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