Maryland 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).

If you test in Maryland, your score report will be sent automatically to the Maryland State Department of Education. If you test outside of Maryland, select the Maryland State Department of Education (state code 7403) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

NTE qualifying scores as of January 1, 2011, are no longer accepted unless accompanied by a valid, professional out-of-state certificate. For those subject matter certification areas not listed, the Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests are required.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

All beginning teachers must present qualifying scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests or meet the SAT® Reasoning Test, ACT® test or GRE® General Test requirements.

In place of the Core tests, Maryland will accept the following options from candidates:

  • The College Board's SAT Reasoning Test taken after 2005: combined math and critical reading score of 1100
  • The SAT Reasoning Test taken between April 1995 and January 2005: combined math and verbal score of 1100
  • The SAT Reasoning Test taken prior to April 1995: math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1000
  • The ACT composite score of 24 (ACT composite score is the average of the tests)
  • The GRE® revised General Test: composite of the combined verbal and quantitative score of 297. Candidates who took the GRE® test prior to September 2011 will use the old composite score of 1000.

praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
All Areas 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 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).

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood (PreK–3)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education Early Childhood: Content Knowledge 5022 160
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157

Elementary Education (1–6)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications 5019 155
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160

Middle School Education (4–9)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Middle School English Middle School English Language Arts 5047 164
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9* 5623 160
Middle School Mathematics Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 165
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9* 5623 160
Middle School Science Middle School Science 5440 150
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9* 5623 160
Middle School Social Studies Middle School Social Studies 5089 154
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9* 5623 160
* Middle School candidates who graduate from in- or out-of-state approved programs do not need to take the Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 5–9 (5623) test. Those who are certified through transcript analysis and alternative preparation programs must take the Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 5–9 (5623) test.

Secondary Education (7–12)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Agriculture Agriculture 5701 147
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 150
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 153
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Earth/Space Science Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 152
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Economics Economics 5911 150
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
English English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039 168
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Geography Geography 5921 168
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
History World and United States History: Content Knowledge 5941 160
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 160
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Physical Science Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 143
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Political Science Government/Political Science 5931 149
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Social Studies Social Studies: Content and Interpretation 5086 153
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Theatre Theatre 5641 151
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157

All Grades (PreK–12)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Art Art: Content and Analysis 5135 161
English to Speakers of Other Languages English to Speakers of Other Languages 5361 149
Health Health Education 5551 155
Music Music: Content and Instruction 5114 162
Physical Education Physical Education: Content and Design 5095 169

 

World Languages (PreK–12)

For additional information, please check the Maryland State Department of Education website for foreign language testing options available to candidates.

Foreign language candidates who graduate from in- or out-of-state approved programs do not need to take the World Languages Pedagogy test. Those who are certified through transcript analysis and alternative preparation programs must take the World Languages Pedagogy test.

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Chinese Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 165
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 158
French French: World Language  5174 162
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 158
German German: World Language  5183 163
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 158
Latin Latin 5601 152
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 158
Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 168
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 158

Administrator

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Principal, Administrator II School Leaders Licensure Assessment (Must use SLS website to register.) 6011 165

Special Education (All certification levels must take the same test.)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Special Education Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 151

Career & Technical Education (7–12)

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Business Education Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 154
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 153
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
Technology Education Technology Education 5051 159
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157

Specialist

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
School Psychologist School Psychologist 5402 147

Reading Option

Applicants or current certificate holders with certification in early childhood, elementary or special education at the early childhood and elementary levels may test out of the Maryland state reading requirement (12 semester hours) by meeting the qualifying score on the following test:

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Reading Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 162

For further information visit Maryland State Department of Education or call the Maryland Certification Information Line at 1-410-767-0412 or 1-866-772-8922.

This page is a supplement to The Praxis Series® Information Bulletin.

 

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