Iowa Test Requirements

The Iowa Department of Education requires that you take one or more Praxis® Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II® tests) 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

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
All Pre–K, PreK–3, Early Childhood Areas Principles of Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood 5621 160
All K–12 or Birth–21 Areas (Choose one) Principles of Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood 5621 160
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades K–6 5622 167*
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 5–9 5623 166
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 7–12 5624 165*
All K–6 or K–8 Areas Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades K–6 5622 167*
All 5–12 Areas (Choose one) Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 5–9 5623 166
or
Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 7–12 5624 165*
All 9–12 Areas Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 7–12 5624 165*

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 in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Teacher – PreK–K (Endorsement 103) Early Childhood: Content Knowledge
Accepted through August 31, 2015.
5022 169
Early Childhood Education
Required beginning September 1, 2015.
5025 156
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 5022 or 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: Content Knowledge
Accepted through August 31, 2015.
5022 169
Early Childhood Education
Required beginning September 1, 2015.
5025 156
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 5022 or 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 174*
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 in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Classroom Teacher K–6 (Endorsement 102) Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.)
Accepted through August 31, 2015.
5014 152
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
(On-screen scientific calculator provided.)
Required beginning September 1, 2015.
5018 157

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 in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Art K–8 (Endorsement 113) Art: Content and Analysis 5135 157*
English/Language Arts K–8 (Endorsement 119) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 152*
Health K–8 (Endorsement 137) Health Education 5551 158*
History K–8 (Endorsement 162) Middle School Social Studies 5089 153
Mathematics K–8 (Endorsement 142) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 151
Music K–8 (Endorsement 144) Music: Content and Knowledge 5113 158*
Physical Education K–8 (Endorsement 146) Physical Education: Content and Design 5095 160
Reading K–8 (Endorsement 148) Teaching Reading 5204 162*
Science – Basic K–8 (Endorsement 150) Middle School Science 5440 150*
Social Studies K–8 (Endorsement 164) Middle School Social Studies 5089 153
Speech Comm/Theatre K–8 (Endorsement 167) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 152*
or
Theatre 5641 159
Teacher Librarian K–8 (Endorsement 108) Library Media Specialist 5311 156

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 in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
American Government 5–12 (Endorsement 157) Government/Political Science 5931 149*
American History 5–12 (Endorsement 158) World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 147*
Art 5–12 (Endorsement 114) Art: Content and Analysis 5135 157*
Biology 5–12 (Endorsement 151) Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 149
Chemistry 5–12 (Endorsement 152) Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 142
Earth Science 5–12 (Endorsement 153) Earth and Space Science: Content Knowledge 5571 148*
Economics 5–12 (Endorsement 160) Economics 5911 131*
English/Language Arts 5–12 (Endorsement 120) English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039 166*
General Science 5–12 (Endorsement 154) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 148
Geography 5–12 (Endorsement 161) Geography 5921 160*
Health 5–12 (Endorsement 138) Health Education 5551 158*
Journalism 5–12 (Endorsement 141) Journalism 5223 157*
Language Arts (All) 5–12 (Endorsement 1201) English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039 166*
Mathematics 5–12 (Endorsement 143) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 134*
Music 5–12 (Endorsement 145) Music: Content Knowledge 5113 158*
Physical Education 5–12 (Endorsement 147) Physical Education: Content and Design 5095 160
Physical Science 5–12 (Endorsement 155) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 148
Physics 5–12 (Endorsement 156) Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 129*
Psychology 5–12 (Endorsement 163) Psychology 5391 160*
Reading 5–12 (Endorsement 149) Teaching Reading 5204 162*
Science (All) 9–12 (Endorsement 185) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 148
Social Studies (All) 5–12 (Endorsement 186) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 154
Sociology 5–12 (Endorsement 165) Sociology 5952 154*
Speech Comm/Theatre 5–12 (Endorsement 168) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 152*
or
Theatre 5641 159
Teacher Librarian 5–12 (Endorsement 109) Library Media Specialist 5311 156
World History 5–12 (Endorsement 166) World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 147*

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 in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
ESL Teacher K–12 (Endorsement 104) English to Speakers of Other Languages 5361 148
Reading Specialist K–12 (Endorsement 176) Reading Specialist 5301 172*
Talented and Gifted K–12 (Endorsement 107) Gifted Education 5358 154*
Teacher Librarian K–12 (Endorsement 174) Library Media Specialist 5311 156

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 in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Deaf or Hard of Hearing Birth–21 (Endorsement 266) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5511 162
and
Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 5272 160*
Early Childhood Special Education (Endorsement 262) Early Childhood: Content Knowledge
Accepted through August 31, 2015.
5022 169
Early Childhood Education
Required beginning September 1, 2015.
5025 156
and
Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 5691 167*
Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate K–8 (Endorsement 260)
or
Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate 5–12 (Endorsement 261)
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5511 162
and
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications 5543 163
Instructional Strategist II: BD/LD K–12 (Endorsement 263) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5511 162
and
Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances 5372 169*
or
Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 5383 158*
Instructional Strategist II: MD K–12 (Endorsement 264) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5511 162
and
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications 5545 170
Instructional Strategist II: Physically Handicapped K–12 (Endorsement 265) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5511 162
and
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 165
Visually Impaired Birth–21 (Endorsement 267) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5511 162
and
Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 160

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 in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Agriculture 5–12 (Endorsement 112) Agriculture 5701 147*
Agriscience/
Agribusiness 5–12
(Endorsement 300)
Agriculture 5701 147*
Business (All) 5–12 (Endorsement 1171) Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 164*
Consumer/
Homemaking Ed 5–12 (Endorsement 303)
Family and Consumer Sciences
Accepted through August 31, 2015.
5121 162
Family and Consumer Sciences
Required beginning September 1, 2015.
5122 152
Family and Consumer Science –General 5–12 (Endorsement 139) Family and Consumer Sciences
Accepted through August 31, 2015.
5121 162
Family and Consumer Sciences
Required beginning September 1, 2015.
5122 152
Industrial Technology 5–12 (Endorsement 140) Technology Education 5051 171*
Marketing/Dist Education 5–12 (Endorsement 301) Marketing Education 5561 160*
Office Education 5–12 (Endorsement 302) Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 164*
Trade and Industrial 5–12 (Endorsement 307) Technology Education 5051 171*

World Languages

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

praxis testing for Iowa World Languages
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Chinese K–8 (Endorsement 121)
or
Chinese 5–12 (Endorsement 122)
Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 173*
French K–8 (Endorsement 123)
or
French 5–12 (Endorsement 124)
French: World Language 5174 155*
German K–8 (Endorsement 125)
or
German 5–12 (Endorsement 126)
German: World Language 5183 154
Latin K–8 (Endorsement 129)
or
Latin 5–12 (Endorsement 130)
Latin 5601 157*
Spanish K–8 (Endorsement 133)
or
Spanish 5–12 (Endorsement 134)
Spanish: World Language 5195 153

* Score changing effective August 1, 2015.

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