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District of Columbia

District of Columbia Test Requirements

Find your certification area below to determine which test(s) you need to take. For test prep materials, click the test title. Once you know which tests you should take, schedule your test.

Unless it’s specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, you can’t use a calculator on any Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).
 

For additional information, refer to the completed testing flyer on the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) website.

Submitting scores

All license seekers must submit original test-taker 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.

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 a Core alternative assessment. For information on Core alternatives, please visit the website for DC's licensure office and refer to the most recent version of the Educator Testing Flyer accessible from the website.
 

To Be Certified in


All Areas

 

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading

and

5713

156

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing

and

5723

162

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics

(On-screen four-function calculator provided)

5733

150

If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core Academic Skills for Educators exams (5713, 5723, 5733) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test (5752) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5713, 5723, 5733).

Tests required for specific licensure areas

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Early Childhood Education (PreK–3)

Early Childhood Education

and

5025

156

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

5621

157

Early Childhood Special Education (PreK–3)

Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood

and

5691

159

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

5621

157

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Elementary Education 1–6

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

and

5622

160

 

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5001

1

 

Reading Subtest

5002

157

 

Mathematics Subtest

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5003

157

 

Social Studies Subtest

5004

155

 

Science Subtest

 (On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5005

159

 

1 To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (5002, 5003, 5004, 5005) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.

Elementary Mathematics or Science Resource
1–6

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

5622

160

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Middle School Education (4–8)

Middle School: Content Knowledge

(Calculator allowed)

and

5146

155

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

5623

160

Middle School English (4–8)

Middle School English Language Arts

and

5047

164

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

5623

160

Middle School Mathematics (4–8)

Middle School Mathematics

(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

and

5164

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

5623

160

Middle School Science (4–8)

Middle School Science

and

5442

152

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

5623

160

Middle School Social Studies (4–8)

Middle School Social Studies

and

5089

155

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

5623

160

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Biology (7–12)

Biology: Content Knowledge

and

5235

150

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Business Education (7–12)

Business Education: Content Knowledge

(Calculator allowed)

and

5101

154

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Chemistry (7–12)

Chemistry: Content Knowledge

and

5245

152

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Computer Science (7–12)

Computer Science

and

5652

149

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

English (7–12)

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

and

5038

167

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

General Science (7–12)

General Science: Content Knowledge

and

5435

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Home Economics (7–12)

Family and Consumer Sciences

and

5122

153

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Marketing Education (7–12)

Marketing Education

or

5561

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Mathematics (7–12)

Mathematics

(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

and

5165

159

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Physics (7–12)

Physics: Content Knowledge

and

5265

143

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Social Studies (7–12)

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

and

5081

155

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

For P–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 Test Code Qualifying Score

Art P–12; Performing Arts–Visual Arts (P–12)

Art: Content Knowledge

and _________________________

5134

158

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Bilingual Education (P–12)

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Health and Physical Education (P–12)

Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge

and  _________________________

5857

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Music Instrumental or Vocal (P–12); Performing Arts–Music (K–12)

Music: Content Knowledge

and  _________________________

5113

161

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Performing Arts–Dance (P–12)

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Performing Arts–Drama & Theatre (P–12)

Theatre

and  _________________________

5641

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Chinese (K–12)

Chinese (Mandarin): World Language

and

5665

164

 

World Languages Pedagogy

5841

158

English as a Second Language (P–12)

English to Speakers of Other Languages

and  _________________________

5362

155

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

French (K–12)

French: World Language

and

5174

162

 

World Languages Pedagogy

5841

158

German (P–12)

German: World Language

and

5183

163

 

World Languages Pedagogy

5841

158

Latin (P–12)

Latin

and

5601

152

 

World Languages Pedagogy

5841

158

Spanish (P–12)

Spanish: World Language

and

5195

168

 

World Languages Pedagogy

5841

158

All Other Foreign Language Subject Areas

World Languages Pedagogy

5841

158

For P–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 Test Code Qualifying Score

Bilingual Special Education (P–12)

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

and  _________________________

5354

151

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Early Childhood Special Education (PreK–3)

Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood

and

5691

159

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

5621

157

Gifted and Talented Education (P–12)

Gifted Education

and

5358

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Special Education: Categorical Emotional Disturbance (P–12)

Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders and Emotional Disturbances

and  

5372

154

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Special Education: Categorical Hearing Impairments (P–12)

 

Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

and _________________________

5272

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Special Education: Categorical Intellectual Disabilities (P–12)

Special Education: Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities

and _________________________

5322

156

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Special Education: Categorical Learning Disabilities (P–12)

Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

and _________________________

5383

151

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Special Education: Categorical Visual Impairments (P–12)

Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

and _________________________

5282

163

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Special Education: Non-Categorical (P–12)

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

and _________________________

5354

151

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

or

5621

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6

or

5622

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9

or

5623

160

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

To Be Certified in


Administrative Services Credential

 

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

School Leaders Licensure Assessment

(Must use SLS website to register.)

6990

151

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Reading Specialist (P–12)

Reading Specialist

5302

165

School Counselor (P–12)

Professional School Counselor

5421

156

School Librarian (P–12)

Library Media Specialist

5311

151

School Psychologist (P–12)

School Psychologist

5402

147


This page is a supplement to The Praxis® Tests Information Bulletin (PDF).


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