North Carolina Highly Qualified Status

Although no test is required for the Birth–Kindergarten (B–K) license, B–K teachers may be designated "highly qualified" to teach kindergarten by earning a score of 155 or higher on the Praxis™ test below.

For more information about becoming highly qualified, visit the North Carolina Department of Education website.

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).

If you test in North Carolina, your score report will be sent automatically to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If you test outside of North Carolina, select the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (state code 7846) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.


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

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Option for Those Licensed in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Birth through Kindergarten Early Childhood: Content Knowledge 5022 0022 155

This page is a supplement to The Praxis SeriesInformation Bulletin.


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