District of Columbia Test Requirements

Find your licensure area below to determine which test you need to take and 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).

For additional information, refer to the completed testing flyer on the OSSE website.

All license seekers must submit original examinee score report(s) attached to their D.C. licensure application packet (printing/submitting the PDF score report sent by ETS is acceptable). The process to separately send individual test results electronically or through regular mail to this jurisdiction has not been finalized at this time. Failure to submit your score results as part of your licensure application packet will result in a licensure denial response.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Beginning teachers in all content areas must pass all three Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests OR any of the options listed in the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Alternatives section below.

If you wish to take all three computer-delivered 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).

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
All Areas Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 156
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 162
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 5732 150
If you wish to take all three computer-delivered 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).

For information on Core Alternatives, please visit the website for DC's licensure office to access information on discontinued exams whose scores are still accepted.

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (PK–3) Early Childhood: Content Knowledge 5022 165
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
Early Childhood Special Education Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 5691 159

Elementary Education

If you have not completed the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031) test, you have through August 31, 2015, to pass all four subtests. Scores will be accepted by the OSSE-Division of Education Excellence provided the approved passing scores are met by that date. Passing scores for each subtest are:

  • Reading and Language Arts Subtest (5032): 165
  • Mathematics Subtest (5033): 164
  • Social Studies Subtest (5034): 155
  • Science Subtest (5035): 159

Please note: You may not use a combination of scores from different versions of the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects exam. You must pass all four subtests within the same version from either 5031 or 5001.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education 1–6 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
and
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5001 *
Reading Subtest 5002 157
Mathematics Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 157
Social Studies Subtest 5004 155
Science Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 159
* 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.
Elementary Mathematics or Science Resource
1–6
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160

Middle School Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Middle School English/Language Arts (Grades 4–8) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 164
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
Middle School Mathematics (Grades 4–8) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 165
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
Middle School Science (Grades 4–8) Middle School Science 5440 150
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
Middle School Social Studies (Grades 4–8) Middle School Social Studies 5089 155
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160

Secondary Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 150
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Business Education Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 154
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 152
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Computer Science K–12 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 167
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
General Science General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 157
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Home Economics Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 153
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Marketing Education Marketing Education 5561 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 160
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12) 5624 157
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 143
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Social Studies Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 155
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157

All Grades

For K–12 Licensure Areas (except foreign language), applicants must successfully pass ONE of the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams that most closely matches grades levels to be/being taught.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Art K–12; Performing Arts–Visual Arts (K–12) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 158
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Bilingual Education K–12; Computer Education Teacher K–12 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Health and Physical Education K–12 Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5857 160
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Instrumental or Vocal Music K–12; Performing Arts–Music (K–12) Music: Content Knowledge 5113 161
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Performing Arts–Dance K–12 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Performing Arts–Drama & Theatre K–12 Theatre 5641 157
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157

World Languages

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Chinese Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 164
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 158
English as a Second Language English to Speakers of Other Languages 5361 141
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
French French: World Language 5174 162
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 158
German German: World Language 5183 163
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 158
Latin Latin 5601 152
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 158
Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 168
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 158
All Other Foreign Language Subject Areas World Languages Pedagogy 5841 158

Special Education

For K–12 Licensure Areas (except foreign language), applicants must successfully pass ONE of the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams that most closely matches grades/levels to be/being taught.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Bilingual Special Education K–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 151
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Early Childhood Special Education Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 5691 159
Gifted and Talented Education Gifted Education 5358 157
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Non-Categorical Special Education K–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 151
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Special Education (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 5272 160
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Special Education (Emotional Behavior Disorder) Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances 5372 154
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Special Education (Learning Disability) Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 5383 151
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Special Education (Mental Retardation) Special Education: Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities 5322 156
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Special Education (Visually Impaired) Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 163
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157

Administrator/School Leader

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Administrative Services Credential School Leaders Licensure Assessment (Must use SLS website to register.) 6011 163

School Support Personnel

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Reading Reading Specialist 5301 164
School Counselor Professional School Counselor 5421 156
School Librarian/Media Specialist Library Media Specialist 5311 151
School Psychologist School Psychologist 5402 147

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