Louisiana 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.

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).

Visit Louisiana's Teacher Certification Center to verify test requirements.

If you test in Louisiana, your score report will be sent automatically to the Louisiana Department of Education. If you test outside of Louisiana, select the Louisiana Department of Education (state code 7330) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

Notes:

  • In general, test codes that begin with "5" or "6" are delivered in computer format; codes that begin with "0" or "1" are delivered on paper.
  • "CDT" refers to computer-delivered tests. "PDT" refers to paper-delivered tests.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Teacher candidates in all content areas must pass all three Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Tests (one in either format).

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).

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
All Teaching Certificates Praxis I: Reading 5710 0710 176
and
Praxis I: Writing 5720 0720 175
and
Praxis I: Mathematics 5730 0730 175

State Board Approved Options:Effective September 1, 2006: An ACT® composite score of 22 or a SAT® combined verbal and math score of 1030 may be used in lieu of Praxis I PPST® exams by prospective teachers in Louisiana.

Alternate-route candidates with an earned master's degree from a regionally accredited institution may be exempt from the Praxis I admission requirement.

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood PK–3 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5014 0014 150
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157

Elementary Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education 1–5 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5014 0014 150
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160

Middle School Education Grades 4–8

Middle School Education Grades 4–8 teacher candidates must pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 test (0623/5623) and any one or combination of the Middle School subject-specific tests.


To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Middle School Grades 4–8: All Teaching Certificates Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
and any one or combination of the following:
Middle School English/Language Arts Middle School English Language Arts 5049 0049 160
Middle School Mathematics Middle School Mathematics(Calculator allowed.) n/a 0069 148
Middle School Science Middle School Science n/a 0439 150
Middle School Social Studies Middle School Social Studies 5089 0089 149

Secondary Education Grades 6–12

Secondary Education Grades 6–12 teacher candidates must pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 test (0624/5624) and any one or combination of the Secondary Education subject-specific tests.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
All 6–12 Teaching Certificates Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
and any one or combination of the following:
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 0235 150
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 0245 151
English English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge 5041 0041 160
General Science General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 0435 156
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (Graphing calculator required.) 5061 0061 135
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 0265 141
Social Studies Social Studies: Content and Interpretation 5086 0086 160
Speech Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 n/a 146

All Grades

Teacher candidates for All K–12 Teaching Certificates must pass one Principles of Learning and Teaching test (0622/5622 or 0623/5623 or 0624/5624) and any one or combination of the All Grades subject-specific tests.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
All K–12 Teaching Certificates Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
and any one or combination of the following:
Art Art: Content Knowledge 5134 0134 159
Health and Physical Education Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 0091 146
Music Music: Content Knowledge 5113 n/a 151

World Languages

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
All World Languages Teaching Certificates World Languages Pedagogy 5841* 0841 158
and any one or combination of the following:
Chinese (Mandarin) K-12 or 6–12 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 n/a 164
French K–12 or 6–12 French: World Language 5174 n/a 157
German K–12 or 6–12 German: World Language 5183 n/a 157
Spanish K–12 or 6–12 Spanish: World Language 5195 n/a 157

*Available beginning July 2014.

Administrator/School Leader

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Educational Leadership Level 1 (Principals, Supervisors) School Leaders Licensure Assessment(Must use SLS website to register.) 6011 n/a 166
Educational Leadership Level 3 (Superintendent) School Superintendent Assessment (Must use SLS website to register.) 6021 n/a 160

Special Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Special Education: Early Interventionist (Birth–5 years) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 145
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157
and
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5014 0014 150
Special Education: Hearing Impaired K–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 145
and
Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students n/a 0271 160
and
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5014 0014 150
Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities 1–12 or General/Special Education Mild/Moderate: 1–5, 4–8 or 6–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications 5543 0543 153
and
(Core-subject-specific exam appropriate to content being taught (e.g., Elementary Education: Content Knowledge [0014, 5014], or core-subject-specific exams for middle or secondary grades)
Special Education: Significant Disabilities 1–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications 5545 0545 153
and
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5014 0014 150
Special Education: Visual Impairments/Blind K–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 145
and
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5014 0014 150

Vocational Education

Vocational Education teacher candidates must pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 test (0624/5624) and any one or combination of the Vocational Education subject-specific tests.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
All Vocational Education Teaching Certificates Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
and any one or combination of the following:
Agriculture Agriculture n/a 0700 510
Business Education Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 0101 154
Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences 5121 0121 141
Technology Education Technology Education 5051* n/a 159

* Available beginning July 2014.

Instructional Support Personnel

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Ancillary School Librarian Library Media Specialist 5311 0311 136

n/a — Not available in this delivery method.

For further information about educator licensing in Louisiana, visit the Louisiana Department of Education or the Teach Louisiana website.

This page is a supplement to The Praxis SeriesInformation Bulletin.

 

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