District of Columbia 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.

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).

For additional information, refer to the completed testing flyer on the OSSE website.

All license seekers must submit original examinee score report(s) attached to their D.C. licensure application packet (printing/submitting the PDF score report sent by ETS is acceptable). The process to separately send individual test results electronically or through regular mail to this jurisdiction has not been finalized at this time. Failure to submit your score results as part of your licensure application packet will result in a licensure denial response.

Notes:

  • In general, test codes that begin with "5" or "6" are delivered in computer format; codes that begin with "0" or "1" 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 any of the options listed in the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Alternatives section below.

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).

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
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).

Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Alternatives

For information on Core Alternatives, please visit the website for DC's licensure office to access information on discontinued exams whose scores are still accepted.

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (PK–3) Early Childhood: Content Knowledge 5022 0022 165
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157
Early Childhood Special Education Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 5691* n/a 159

* Available beginning July 2014.

Elementary Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education 1–6 Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications 5015 n/a 161
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
and
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (Calculator allowed.) 5031 n/a *
Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5032 n/a 165
Mathematics Subtest (Calculator allowed.) 5033 n/a 164
Social Studies Subtest 5034 n/a 155
Science Subtest (Calculator allowed.) 5035 n/a 159
* To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. You must take the full test on your initial attempt. If after your first attempt you did not pass one of the individual subtests, you may take just that subtest again for a reduced fee.
Elementary Mathematics or Science Resource
1–6
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160

Middle School Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Middle School English/Language Arts (Grades 4–8) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 n/a 164
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
Middle School Mathematics (Grades 4–8) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator provided.) 5169 n/a 165
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
Middle School Science (Grades 4–8) Middle School Science n/a 0439 150
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
Middle School Social Studies (Grades 4–8) Middle School Social Studies 5089 0089 155
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160

All Grades

For K–12 Licensure Areas (except foreign language), applicants must successfully pass ONE of the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams that most closely matches grades levels to be/being taught.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Art K–12; Performing Arts–Visual Arts (K–12) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 0134 158
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Bilingual Education K–12; Computer Education Teacher K–12 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Health and Physical Education K–12 Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5856 0856 156
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Instrumental or Vocal Music K–12; Performing Arts–Music (K–12) Music: Content Knowledge 5113 n/a 161
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Performing Arts–Dance K–12 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Performing Arts–Drama & Theatre K–12 Theatre n/a 0641 157
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157

World Languages

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Chinese Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 n/a 164
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841* 0841 158
English as a Second Language English to Speakers of Other Languages 5361 n/a 141
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
French French: World Language 5174 n/a 162
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841* 0841 158
German German: World Language 5183 n/a 163
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841* 0841 158
Latin Latin n/a 0601 152
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841* 0841 158
Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 n/a 168
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841* 0841 158
All Other Foreign Language Subject Areas World Languages Pedagogy 5841* 0841 158

* Available beginning July 2014.

Special Education

For K–12 Licensure Areas (except foreign language), applicants must successfully pass ONE of the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams that most closely matches grades/levels to be/being taught.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Bilingual Special Education K–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 151
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
Early Childhood Special Education Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 5691* n/a 159
Non-Categorical Special Education: K–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 151
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157

Administrator/School Leader

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Administrative Services Credential School Leaders Licensure Assessment (Must use SLS website to register.) 6011 n/a 163

n/a — Not available in this delivery method.

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