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.

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.

Notes:

  • 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

Beginning teachers in all content areas must pass all three Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests or pass all three Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Tests (using individual qualifying scores or the composite score).

If you plan to take the Praxis I tests, you have until August 31, 2014 to complete the series. Scores will be accepted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provided the approved passing scores are met by that date.

Please note: You cannot take a combination of Core and Praxis I exams. You must pass all 3 Core exams or all three Praxis I tests.

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
K–12: All Areas Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 n/a 156
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 n/a 162
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5732 n/a 150
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).
or
Praxis I Reading 5710 0710 176
and
Praxis I Writing 5720 0720 173
and
Praxis I Mathematics 5730 0730 173
Composite Score 522
Note: Applicants may meet the Praxis I testing requirement by submitting either individual qualifying scores or a composite score that is at or above the state qualifying score.
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.

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Birth to Kindergarten

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Birth through Kindergarten No test required*
*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 Early Childhood: Content Knowledge (0022/5022).

Elementary Education

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Elementary (K–6) Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications 5015 n/a 161

Middle School Education

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Language Arts (Middle Grades) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 n/a 164
Mathematics (Middle Grades) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator provided.) 5169 n/a 165
Science (Middle Grades) Middle School Science n/a 0439 134
Social Studies (Middle Grades) Middle School Social Studies 5089 0089 149

Secondary Education

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Anthropology (Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 0081 158
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Biology (Secondary) Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 0235 150
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Chemistry (Secondary) Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 0245 152
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Earth Science (Secondary) Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 0571 136
Economics (Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 0081 158
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
English (Secondary) English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 n/a 167
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Geography (Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 0081 158
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
History (Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 0081 158
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Mathematics (Secondary) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 n/a 160
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Physics (Secondary) Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 0265 133
Political Science (Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 0081 158
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Science (Comprehensive, Secondary) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 0435 151
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Social Studies (Comprehensive, Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 0081 158
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Sociology (Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 0081 158
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157

All Grades

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Art (K–12) Art: Content and Analysis n/a 0135 161
Health and Physical Education (K-12) Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5856 0856 149
Health Specialist (K–12) Health Education 5551 n/a 156
Music (K–12) Music: Content and Instruction 5114 n/a 162
Physical Education (K–12) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 0091 152
Reading (Bachelor's Level, K–12) Teaching Reading 5204 0204 159
Reading (Graduate Level, K–12) Reading Specialist 5301 n/a 164
Speech Communication
(K–12)
Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 n/a 143

World Languages

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
English as a Second Language (K–12) English to Speakers of Other Languages 5361 n/a 141
French
(Secondary, K–12)
French: World Language 5174 n/a 162
German (Secondary, K–12) German: World Language 5183 n/a 163
Latin (9–12) Latin n/a 0601 146
Spanish (Secondary, K–12) Spanish: World Language 5195 n/a 168

Special Education

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Exceptional Children Program Administrator Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5411 0411 145
Special Education: Adapted Curriculum The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications 5545 0545 158
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 n/a 148
Special Education: Behaviorally/ Emotionally Disabled The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances 5372 n/a 154
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 n/a 148
Special Education: Cross Categorical The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 151
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 n/a 148
Special Education: General Curriculum The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications 5543 0543 158
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 n/a 148
Special Education: Learning Disabled The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 5383 n/a 151
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 n/a 148
Special Education: Mentally Disabled The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Teaching Students with Mental Retardation n/a 0321 144
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 n/a 148
Special Education: Severely Profoundly Mentally Disabled The following tests are required for licensure.
Special Education: Teaching Students with Mental Retardation n/a 0321 144
and
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 n/a 148
Special Education: Visually Impaired The following test is required for licensure.
Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 n/a 163

Career & Technical Education

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Business Education (Career–Technical Education) Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 0101 154
Career–Technical Education Director Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5411 0411 145
Family and Consumer Sciences (Career–Technical Education) Family and Consumer Sciences 5121 0121 148
Marketing Education (Career–Technical Education) Marketing Education n/a 0561 169
Technology Education (Career–Technical Education) Technology Education 5051* n/a 159

* Available beginning July 2014.

Special Service Personnel

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Audiologist Audiology 5342 0342 170
Counselor Professional School Counselor 5421 0421 156
Curriculum–Instructional Specialist Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5411 0411 145
Media Coordinator Library Media Specialist 5311 0311 148
Media Supervisor Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5411 0411 145
School Psychologist School Psychologist n/a 0401 159
Speech-Language Pathologist Speech-Language Pathology 5330 0330 600
Effective July 1, 2011, Speech-Language Pathologist testing requirements for North Carolina are determined by the NCBOESLPA.

n/a — Not available in this delivery method.

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