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.

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.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Teacher candidates in all content areas must pass all three Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests.

State Board Approved Options:

Effective September 1, 2006: An ACT® composite score of 22 or an SAT® combined verbal and math score of 1030 may be used in lieu of Core 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 Core admission requirement.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
All Teaching Certificates 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 Academic Skills for Educators tests (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).

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood

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

Elementary Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education 1–5 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5014 150
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 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 (5623) and any one or combination of the Middle School subject-specific tests.


To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Middle School Grades 4–8: All Teaching Certificates Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
and any one or combination of the following:
Middle School English/Language Arts Middle School English Language Arts 5047 164
Middle School Mathematics Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 165
Middle School Science Middle School Science 5440 150
Middle School Social Studies Middle School Social Studies 5089 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 (5624) and any one or combination of the Secondary Education subject-specific tests.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
All 6–12 Teaching Certificates Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
and any one or combination of the following:
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 150
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 151
English English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039 168
General Science General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 156
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 160
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 141
Social Studies Social Studies: Content and Interpretation 5086 160
Speech Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 146

All Grades

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

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
All K–12 Teaching Certificates 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
and any one or combination of the following:
Art Art: Content Knowledge 5134 159
Health and Physical Education Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5857 160
Music Music: Content Knowledge 5113 151

World Languages

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

Administrator/School Leader

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

Special Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Special Education: Early Interventionist (Birth–5 years) Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 5691 159
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
and
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5014 150
Special Education: Hearing Impaired K–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 145
and
Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 5272 160
and
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5014 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 153
and
(Core-subject-specific exam appropriate to content being taught (e.g., Elementary Education: Content Knowledge [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 153
and
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5014 150
Special Education: Visual Impairments/Blind K–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 145
and
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5014 150
and
Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 163

Vocational Education

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

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
All Vocational Education Teaching Certificates Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
and any one or combination of the following:
Agriculture Agriculture 5701 147
Business Education Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 154
Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 153
Technology Education Technology Education 5051 159

Instructional Support Personnel

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Ancillary School Librarian Library Media Specialist 5311 136
Counselor K–12 Professional School Counselor 5421 156

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 Series® Information Bulletin.

 

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