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Maine 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.

For information on becoming highly qualified, visit the Maine Department of Education site.

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).

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)

Applicants for initial teacher certification must pass all three Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests.

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
All Areas K–12 (except Career and Technical Education) Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 156†
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 162†
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics
(On-screen four-function calculator provided.)
5732 150†
†Composite Score: 468

Applicants for initial teacher certification must achieve a composite score of 468 on the three sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators, with no single score on any section being more than three points lower than the required score.
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).

Principles of Learning and Teaching

Students completing a state approved teacher preparation program will not need to take the Principles of Learning Teaching exams listed below.

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
All Areas (7–12) - For those not completing a state-approved teacher education program. Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
All Areas (K–12) - For those not completing a state-approved teacher education program. Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Early Childhood (Ages 0–5) Education of Young Children 5024 *

Elementary Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Early Elementary (K–3) Education of Young Children 5024 *
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 *
General Elementary (K–8) Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
(On-screen scientific calculator provided.)
5001 *
Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 *
Mathematics Subtest
(On-screen scientific calculator provided.)
5003 *
Social Studies Subtest 5004 *
Science Subtest
(On-screen scientific calculator provided.)
5005 *
* 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.
and
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *

Middle School Education (5–8)

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Middle School English Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
Middle School Mathematics Middle School Mathematics
(On-screen graphing calculator provided.)
5169 *
Middle School Science Middle School Science 5440 *
Middle School Social Studies Middle School Social Studies 5089 *

Secondary Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Secondary English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 *
Secondary Life Science Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 *
Secondary Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Secondary Physical Science Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
or
General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
or
Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Secondary Social Studies Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *

All Grades

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Art (K–12) Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *
Business Education (K–12) Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
ESL English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
Family and Consumer Sciences (K–12) Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
Gifted-Talented Gifted Education 5358 *
Health (K–12) Health Education 5551 *
Industrial Arts (K–12) Technology Education 5051 *
Music (K–12) Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education (K–12) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Theatre (K–12) Theatre 5641 *

World Languages K–12

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Chinese Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 *
French French: World Language 5174 *
German German: World Language 5183 *
Latin Latin 5601 *
Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 *

Special Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Blind/Visually Impaired (K–12) Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 *
Deaf/Hearing Impaired (K–12) Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 5272 *
Speech and Hearing Clinician (K–12) Special Education: Teaching Speech to Students with Language Impairments 5881 *
Students with Severe Disabilities (K–12) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications 5545 *
Teacher — Disabled Students (0–5) Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 5691 *
Teacher — Disabled Students (K–8 or 7–12) Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *

Administration

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Administrator of Special Education School Leaders Licensure Assessment
(must use SLS Page to register)
6011 *
Adult and Community Education Director School Leaders Licensure Assessment
(must use SLS Page to register)
6011 *
Assistant Administrator of Special Education School Leaders Licensure Assessment
(must use SLS Page to register)
6011 *
Assistant Building Administrator School Leaders Licensure Assessment
(must use SLS Page to register)
6011 *
Assistant Superintendent School Superintendent Assessment
(must use SLS Page to register)
6021 *
Building Administrator School Leaders Licensure Assessment
(must use SLS Page to register)
6011 *
Curriculum Coordinator School Leaders Licensure Assessment
(must use SLS Page to register)
6011 *
Superintendent School Superintendent Assessment
(must use SLS Page to register)
6021 *

Career & Technical Education (9–12)

Applicants for initial career and technical teacher certification must pass all three Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests.

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Career and Technical Education Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge
(Calculator allowed.)
5511 *
Initial Career and Technical Education Teacher Certification Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 153†
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 156†
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics
(On-screen four-function calculator provided.)
5732 147†
†Composite Score: 456

Applicants for initial career and technical education teacher certification must achieve a composite score of 456 on the three sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators, with no single score on any section being more than three points lower than the required score.
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).

Educational Specialist Certificates K–12

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Library Media Specialist Library Media Specialist 5311 *
Literacy Specialist Reading Specialist 5301 *
School Counselor Professional School Counselor 5421 *

For further information about education and initial certification visit the Maine Certification Office.

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

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