Overview of Oklahoma Testing Requirements

How to Qualify for Admission to Teacher Education in Oklahoma

  • Students may qualify for admission to teacher education programs of higher education in the Oklahoma system by meeting one of the four performance criteria.
  • The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, in cooperation with the teacher education institutions in Oklahoma, have approved passing the Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST®) as one avenue for admission to teacher education programs throughout the state. These tests are the first component of The Praxis Series™. The Praxis I tests are available in paper-delivered or computer-delivered formats.

Who Must Take the Tests?

The Praxis I PPST may be taken by students seeking entry into teacher preparation programs who do not meet the grade-point average (GPA) requirement.

Students with baccalaureate degrees from accredited universities in the United States are assumed to have the basic skills competencies tested by Praxis I and may be exempt from the Praxis I requirement.

Qualifying Scores

If you test in Oklahoma, your score report will be sent automatically to the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education. If you test outside of Oklahoma, select the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education (state code 6537) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

Meeting cut scores, established by state educators, will be recognized by all teacher education institutions as qualification for admission to teacher education programs, in conjunction with other criteria.

If a test score does not meet the minimum on any Praxis I test, the student will be allowed to retest. Universities provide advising and academic assistance. It is recommended that students pass the general education courses prior to taking Praxis I tests.

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