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North Carolina Test Requirements

Find your licensure area below to determine which test you need to take and to 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 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.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Higher education students seeking admission to North Carolina state-approved educator preparation programs must pass Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests or meet alternative testing requirements approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
K–12: All Areas Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 *
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 *
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics(On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 5732 *
If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core 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

Middle School Education

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Language Arts (Middle Grades) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
Mathematics (Middle Grades) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
Science (Middle Grades) Middle School Science 5440 *
Social Studies (Middle Grades) Middle School Social Studies 5089 *

Secondary Education

Beginning on July 1, 2018, a candidate will be exempt from the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 (5624) assessment requirement if the candidate can produce evidence of a passing score on a nationally scored PPAT® Assessment or edTPA® assessment.

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Anthropology (Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
Biology (Secondary) Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
Chemistry (Secondary) Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
Earth Science (Secondary) Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 *
Economics (Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
English (Secondary) English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
Geography (Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
History (Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
Mathematics (Secondary) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
Physics (Secondary) Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Political Science (Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
Science (Comprehensive, Secondary) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
Social Studies (Comprehensive, Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
Sociology (Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *

All Grades

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Academically/
Intellectually Gifted (K–12)
Gifted Education 5358 *
Art (K–12) Art: Content and Analysis 5135 *
Health and Physical Education (K–12) Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5857 *
Health Specialist (K–12) Health Education 5551 *
Music (K–12) Music: Content and Instruction 5114 *
Physical Education (K–12) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Reading (Bachelor's Level, K–12) Teaching Reading 5204 *
Reading (Graduate Level, K–12) Reading Specialist 5301 *
Speech Communication
(K–12)
Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *

World Languages

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
English as a Second Language (K–12) English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
French
(Secondary, K–12)
French: World Language 5174 *
German (Secondary, K–12) German: World Language 5183 *
Latin (9–12) Latin 5601 *
Spanish (Secondary, K–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 *

Special Education

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Exceptional Children Program Administrator Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5411 *
Special Education: Adapted Curriculum The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications 5545 *
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 *
Special Education: Behaviorally/ Emotionally Disabled The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances 5372 *
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 *
Special Education: Cross Categorical The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 *
Special Education: General Curriculum The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications 5543 *
See the Public Schools of North Carolina website for additional testing requirements
Special Education: Learning Disabled The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 5383 *
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 *
Special Education: Mentally Disabled The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities 5322 *
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 *
Special Education: Severely Profoundly Mentally Disabled The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities 5322 *
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 *
Special Education: Visually Impaired The following test is required for licensure.
Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 *

Career & Technical Education

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Business Education (Career–Technical Education) Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
Career–Technical Education Director Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5411 *
Family and Consumer Sciences (Career–Technical Education) Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
Marketing Education (Career–Technical Education) Marketing Education 5561 *
Technology Education (Career–Technical Education) Technology Education 5051 *

Special Service Personnel

To Be Licensed inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Audiologist Audiology 5342 *
Counselor Professional School Counselor 5421 *
Curriculum–Instructional Specialist Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5411 *
Media Coordinator Library Media Specialist 5311 *
Media Supervisor Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5411 *
School Psychologist School Psychologist 5402 *
Speech-Language Pathologist Effective July 1, 2011, Speech-Language Pathologist testing requirements for North Carolina are determined by the NCBOESLPA.

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