Delaware Test Requirements

Find your certification area below to determine which Praxis II® test(s) 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.

The Delaware Professional Standards Board and State Board of Education have not approved qualifying test scores for all certificate areas; thus, the Praxis II test is required if applicable and available.

For further information about Delaware educator certification and licensing, visit the Delaware Educator Data System (DEEDS) website.

Most tests are offered in both Session 1 and Session 2. Refer to the fees page for tests that are restricted to a particular session.

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 Delaware, your score report will be sent automatically to the Delaware State Department of Education. If you test outside of Delaware, select the Delaware State Department of Education (state code 7065) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

Notes:

  • In general, test codes that begin with "5" are delivered in computer format; codes that begin with "0" are delivered on paper.
  • "CDT" refers to computer-delivered tests. "PDT" refers to paper-delivered tests.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

The State Board validated the Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST®) and the Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests as an appropriate basic skills tests for initial licensure in Delaware and established the qualifying scores shown in the table below.

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score

All Areas

Praxis I Reading
(Accepted until June 1, 2014.)
5710 0710 175
and
Praxis I Writing
(Accepted until June 1, 2014.)
5720 0720 173

and

Praxis I Mathematics
(Accepted until June 1, 2014.)
5730 0730 174
If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Praxis I exams (5710, 5720, 5730) at the same time, select Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test: Combined Test (5750) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5710, 5720, 5730).
or
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 n/a 156
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 n/a 162
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5732 n/a 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).

Exemption Tests

Effective July 1, 1996, the Delaware State Board of Education approved the Core Battery, SAT Reasoning Test™ (SAT®) and GRE® tests as exemptions to Praxis I tests in reading, writing and mathematics. SAT scores earned after April 1, 1995, and presented for exemption must meet the score indicated due to a recentering of the SAT test.

The exemptions below are intended to provide an option for individuals who have previously taken other appropriate standardized tests. Consequently, exemption test scores should pre-date both application and employment. It is not the intent to require that other tests be taken in lieu of Praxis I tests.

The applicant is responsible for forwarding official exemption test scores to the Delaware Department of Education. If that is not possible, then the exemption cannot be allowed, and the applicant will need to meet the previously stated Praxis I score requirements.

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Exemption Tests Reading Writing Mathematics
SAT Verbal480 (before 4/95)
560 (as of 4/95)
  Mathematics 520 (before 4/95)
540 (as of 4/95)
GRE® General Test Verbal490   Quantitative540
GRE® revised General Test Verbal152   Quantitative145
Core Battery Communication Skills Test   670  

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood (Birth to Grade 2)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education of Young Children 5021 0021 167

Elementary Education (Grades K–6)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Elementary
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects(Calculator allowed.) 5031 n/a *
Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5032 n/a 165
Mathematics Subtest(Calculator allowed.) 5033 n/a 164
Social Studies Subtest 5034 n/a 155
Science Subtest(Calculator allowed.) 5035 n/a 159
*To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. You must take the full test on your initial attempt. If after your first attempt you did not pass one of the individual subtests, you may take just that subtest again for a reduced fee.

Middle School Education (Grades 6–8)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Middle Level – English Language Arts Middle School English Language Arts 5047 n/a 164
Middle Level – Mathematics Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator provided.) 5169 n/a 165
Middle Level – Science Middle School Science n/a 0439 146
Middle Level – Social Studies Middle School Social Studies 5089 0089 164

Secondary Education (Grades 9–12; Valid in Grades 6–8 in a middle level school)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 0235 157
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 0245 158
Earth Science Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 0571 150
English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 n/a 167
Health Education Health Education 5551 n/a 162
Integrated Science General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 0435 160
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 n/a 160
Physical Science Physical Science: Content Knowledge n/a 0481 154
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 0265 144
Social Studies Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 0081 157

All Grades (Grades K–12)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Art Art: Content Knowledge 5134 0134 158
Exceptional Children Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 151
Music Music: Content Knowledge 5113 n/a 155
Physical Education Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 0091 152

World Languages (Grades K–12)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
French French: World Language 5174 n/a 162
German German: World Language 5183 n/a 163
Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 n/a 168

Career & Technical Education (Grades 6–12)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Agriscience Agriculture n/a 0700 530
Business Education Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 0101 154
Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences 5121 0121 165
Marketing Education Marketing Education n/a 0561 166
Technology Education Technology Education 5051* n/a 159

* Available beginning July 2014.

Instructional Support Personnel (Grades K–12)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Reading Specialist* Reading Specialist 5301 n/a 164

*Coursework and three years of successful teaching also required. Contact the Delaware Department of Education for further details.

This page is a supplement to The Praxis SeriesInformation Bulletin.

n/a — Not available in this delivery method.

 

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