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Maryland 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.

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 Maryland, your score report will be sent automatically to the Maryland State Department of Education. If you test outside of Maryland, select the Maryland State Department of Education (state code 7403) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

NTE qualifying scores as of January 1, 2011, are no longer accepted unless accompanied by a valid, professional out-of-state certificate. For those subject matter certification areas not listed, the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests are required.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

All beginning teachers must present qualifying scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests or meet the PPST®, the SAT®, ACT® test or GRE® General Test requirements.

In place of the Core tests, Maryland will accept the following options from candidates:

  • The PPST taken prior to September 2014: combined math, reading and writing score of 527
  • The SAT taken after January 1, 2019: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math score of 1180.
  • The SAT taken after April 1995 through December 31. 2018: combined math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1100
  • The SAT taken prior to April 1995: math and verbal (critical reading) score of 1000
  • The ACT composite score of 24 (ACT composite score is the average of the tests)
  • The GRE General Test: composite of the combined verbal and quantitative score of 297. Candidates who took the GRE test prior to September 2011 will use the old composite score of 1000.
praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
All Areas Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5713 *
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5723 *
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics
(On-screen four-function calculator provided.)
5733 *
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).
Accepted through June 30, 2020.
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 Academic Skills for Educators 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

Early Childhood (PreK–3)

praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Early Childhood Education Early Childhood Education 5025 *
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 *
or
PPAT® Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.

Elementary Education (1–6)

praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Elementary Education Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 *
and
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching
(On-screen four-function calculator provided.)
7811

¹

Reading and Language Arts CKT Subtest 7812 *
Mathematics CKT Subtest
(On-screen four-function calculator provided.)
7813 *
Science CKT Subtest 7814 *
Social Studies Subtest 7815 *
1 To pass the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (7812, 7813, 7814, 7815) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (7811) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.

Middle School Education (4–9)

praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Middle School English Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9² 5623 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Middle School Mathematics Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9² 5623 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Middle School Science Middle School Science 5440 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9² 5623 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Middle School Social Studies Middle School Social Studies 5089 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9² 5623 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.

2 Middle School candidates who graduate from in- or out-of-state approved programs do not need to take the Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 5–9 (5623) test. Those who are certified through transcript analysis and alternative preparation programs must take the Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 5–9 (5623) test.

Secondary Education (7–12)

praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Agriculture Agriculture 5701 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Computer Science Computer Science 5652 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Earth/Space Science Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Economics Economics 5911 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
English English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Geography Geography 5921 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
History World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Physical Science Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Political Science Government/Political Science 5931 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Social Studies Social Studies: Content and Interpretation 5086 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Theatre Theatre 5641 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.

All Grades (PreK–12)

praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Art Art: Content and Analysis 5135 *
English to Speakers of Other Languages English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 *
Health Health Education 5551 *
Music Music: Content and Instruction 5114 *
Physical Education Physical Education: Content and Design 5095 *

World Languages (PreK–12)

For additional information, please check the Maryland State Department of Education website for foreign language testing options available to candidates.

Foreign language candidates who graduate from in- or out-of-state approved programs do not need to take the World Languages Pedagogy test. Those who are certified through transcript analysis and alternative preparation programs must take the World Languages Pedagogy test.

praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Chinese Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 *
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 *
French French: World Language  5174 *
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 *
German German: World Language  5183 *
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 *
Latin Latin 5601 *
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 *
Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 *
and
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 *

Administrator

praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Principal, Administrator II School Leaders Licensure Assessment
(Must use SLS website to register.)
6990 *

Special Education (All certification levels must take the same test.)

praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Special Education Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 *

Career & Technical Education (7–12)

praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Business Education Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.
Technology Education Technology Education 5051 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
or
PPAT Assessment
(Must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
  TBA
or
An alternative state-approved performance assessment.

Specialist

praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
School Psychologist School Psychologist 5402 *

Reading Option

Applicants or current certificate holders with certification in early childhood, elementary or special education at the early childhood and elementary levels may test out of the Maryland state reading requirement (12 semester hours) by meeting the qualifying score on the following test:

praxis testing for Maryland
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Reading Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 *

TBA: To Be Announced. All TBA scores will be available once the score is required.

For further information visit Maryland State Department of Education or call the Maryland Certification Information Line at 1-410-767-0412 or 1-866-772-8922.

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

Maryland State Department of Education

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