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Iowa Test Requirements

The requirements listed here are determined by the Iowa Department of Education. For requirements specific to your college or university, contact your school's program advisor. For out of state applicants, these are a component of Iowa's licensure requirements. Contact the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners office for specific license requirements.

The Iowa Department of Education requires that you take one or more Praxis® Subject Assessments listed below for educator certification. Iowa requires a test in pedagogy and a test in content.

Select your test below and determine the minimum qualifying score. To learn more about a specific test and to access sample content, 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).

Pedagogy Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

For each certification area, choose one of the required test options based on your program advisor's recommendation.

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
All Pre-K, Pre-K–3, Early Childhood Areas PPAT Assessment (Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)   32
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood 5621 *
All K–12 or Birth–21 Areas
Note: If you are seeking a stand-alone special education license, you must take a different pedagogy test.
PPAT Assessment (Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)   32
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood 5621 *
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 5–9 5623 *
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 7–12 5624 *
All K–6 or K–8 Areas PPAT Assessment (Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)   32
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades K–6 5622 *
All 5–12 Areas PPAT Assessment (Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)   32
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 5–9 5623 *
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 7–12 5624 *
All 9–12 Areas PPAT Assessment (Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)   32
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 7–12 5624 *

Content Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood Education

Candidates must also pass the appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching test.

praxis testing for Iowa Early Childhood Education
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Early Childhood Teacher – PreK–K (Endorsement 103) Early Childhood Education 5025 *
Note: If candidates are adding this endorsement area (103) to Elementary Classroom Teacher K–6 (Endorsement 102), they do not need to take this exam. Test 5025 is required only for candidates who will only be certified in grades PK–K and/or PK–3.
PreK to Grade 3 Teacher – PreK–3 (Endorsement 106) Early Childhood Education 5025 *
Note: If candidates are adding this endorsement area (106) to Elementary Classroom Teacher K–6 (Endorsement 102), they do not need to take this exam. Test 5025 is required only for candidates who will only be certified in grades PK–K and/or PK–3.
PreK to Grade 3, Including Special Education (Endorsement 100) Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education 5023 *
Note: If candidates are adding this endorsement area (100) to Elementary Classroom Teacher K–6 (Endorsement 102), they do not need to take this exam. Test 5023 is required only for candidates who will only be certified in grades PK–K and/or PK–3.

Elementary Education

Candidates must also pass the appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching test.

praxis testing for Iowa Elementary Education
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Elementary Classroom Teacher K–6 (Endorsement 102) Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 *

Early Adolescence (Grades K–8)

Candidates must also pass the appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching test.

praxis testing for Iowa Early Adolescence (Grades K–8)
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Art K–8 (Endorsement 113) Art: Content and Analysis 5135 *
English/ Language Arts K–8 (Endorsement 119) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
Health K–8 (Endorsement 137) Health Education 5551 *
History K–8 (Endorsement 162) Middle School Social Studies 5089 *
Mathematics K–8 (Endorsement 142) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
Music K–8 (Endorsement 144) Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education K–8 (Endorsement 146) Physical Education: Content and Design 5095 *
Reading K–8 (Endorsement 148) Teaching Reading 5204 *
Science – Basic K–8 (Endorsement 150) Middle School Science 5440 *
Social Studies K–8 (Endorsement 164) Middle School Social Studies 5089 *
Speech Comm/Theatre K–8 (Endorsement 167) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *
or
Theatre 5641 *
Teacher Librarian K–8 (Endorsement 108) Library Media Specialist 5311 *

Secondary Education (Grades 5–12)

Candidates must also pass the appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching test.

praxis testing for Iowa Secondary Education (Grades 5–12)
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
American Government 5–12 (Endorsement 157) Government/Political Science 5931 *
American History 5–12 (Endorsement 158) World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 *
Art 5–12 (Endorsement 114) Art: Content and Analysis 5135 *
Biology 5–12 (Endorsement 151) Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 *
Chemistry 5–12 (Endorsement 152) Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
Earth Science 5–12 (Endorsement 153) Earth and Space Science: Content Knowledge 5571 *
Economics 5–12 (Endorsement 160) Economics 5911 *
English/ Language Arts 5–12 (Endorsement 120) English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039 *
General Science 5–12 (Endorsement 154) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
Geography 5–12 (Endorsement 161) Geography 5921 *
Health 5–12 (Endorsement 138) Health Education 5551 *
Journalism 5–12 (Endorsement 141) Journalism test has been discontinued and options are being explored to replace it. Please contact your state for information.
Language Arts (All) 5–12 (Endorsement 1201) English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039 *
Mathematics 5–12 (Endorsement 143) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Music 5–12 (Endorsement 145) Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education 5–12 (Endorsement 147) Physical Education: Content and Design 5095 *
Physical Science 5–12 (Endorsement 155) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
Physics 5–12 (Endorsement 156) Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Psychology 5–12 (Endorsement 163) Psychology 5391 *
Reading 5–12 (Endorsement 149) Teaching Reading 5204 *
Science (All) 9–12 (Endorsement 185) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
Social Studies (All) 5–12 (Endorsement 186) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
Sociology 5–12 (Endorsement 165) Sociology 5952 *
Speech Comm/Theatre 5–12 (Endorsement 168) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *
or
Theatre 5641 *
Teacher Librarian 5–12 (Endorsement 109) Library Media Specialist 5311 *
World History 5–12 (Endorsement 166) World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 *

All Grades (Grades K–12)

Candidates must also pass the appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching test.

praxis testing for Iowa All Grades (Grades K–12)
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
ESL Teacher K–12 (Endorsement 104) English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
Reading Specialist K–12 (Endorsement 176) Reading Specialist 5301 *
Talented and Gifted K–12 (Endorsement 107) Gifted Education 5358 *
Teacher Librarian K–12 (Endorsement 174) Library Media Specialist 5311 *

Special Education — Stand-Alone

Please note: The tests listed below are only for those candidates that have a stand-alone Special Education Endorsement and are not certified in any other area. Candidates choosing tests in this section are required to take two tests for a specific licensure area. The second test listed fulfills the pedagogy requirement. Candidates choosing tests in this section are not required to take a Principles of Learning and Teaching test.

praxis testing for Iowa Special Education — Stand-Alone
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Deaf or Hard of Hearing Birth–21 (Endorsement 266) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5511 *
and
Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 5272 *
Early Childhood Special Education (Endorsement 262) Early Childhood Education 5025 *
and
Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 5691 *
Instructional Strategist II: BD/LD K–12 (Endorsement 263) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5511 *
and
Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances 5372 *
or
Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 5383 *
Instructional Strategist II: MD K–12 (Endorsement 264) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5511 *
and
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications 5545 *
Instructional Strategist II: Physically Handicapped K–12 (Endorsement 265) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5511 *
and
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
Visually Impaired Birth–21 (Endorsement 267) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5511 *
and
Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 *

Career and Technical Education

Candidates must also pass the appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching test.

praxis testing for Iowa Career and Technical Education)
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Agriculture 5–12 (Endorsement 112) Agriculture 5701 *
Agriscience/
Agribusiness 5–12
(Endorsement 300)
Agriculture 5701 *
Business (All) 5–12 (Endorsement 1171) Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
Family and Consumer Science – General 5–12 (Endorsement 139) Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
Industrial Technology 5–12 (Endorsement 140) Technology Education 5051 *
Marketing/Dist Education 5–12 (Endorsement 301) Marketing Education 5561 *
Office Education 5–12 (Endorsement 302) Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
Trade and Industrial 5–12 (Endorsement 307) Technology Education 5051 *

World Languages

Candidates must also pass the appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching test.

praxis testing for Iowa World Languages
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Chinese K–8 (Endorsement 121)
or
Chinese 5–12 (Endorsement 122)
Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 *
French K–8 (Endorsement 123)
or
French 5–12 (Endorsement 124)
French: World Language 5174 *
German K–8 (Endorsement 125)
or
German 5–12 (Endorsement 126)
German: World Language 5183 *
Latin K–8 (Endorsement 129)
or
Latin 5–12 (Endorsement 130)
Latin 5601 *
Spanish K–8 (Endorsement 133)
or
Spanish 5–12 (Endorsement 134)
Spanish: World Language 5195 *

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