Overview of North Carolina Testing Requirements
How to Qualify for Licensure
For initial certification in North Carolina, all candidates (traditional and alternate routes) must:
- Complete a state-approved teacher education program.
- Pass the Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests, if required.
- Pass one or more Praxis II® Subject tests as required by the state for their certification area(s).
- If you test in North Carolina, your score report will be sent automatically to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If you test outside of North Carolina, select the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (state code 7846) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.
- Beginning with the 2013–14 testing year, ETS is administering a new version of the Health Education test. The test will be offered in a computer-delivered format and the new test code will be 5551. The new test covers the same content as the previous test. However, scores are reported on a different scale, so requirements will vary from previous versions. All scores for discontinued tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken. Consult the Test Requirements table for specific score requirements.
- ETS is offering several additional tests in a computer-delivered format which will be introduced throughout the testing year. Visit Test Centers and Dates to find testing centers near you. For tests available in both formats (paper and computer), the computer-delivered versions cover the same content as the paper-delivered versions and are scored on the same scale; however, the computer-delivered tests have different test codes.
- Audiology (5342) — December 2013
- English to Speakers of Other Languages (5361) — February 2014*
- Music: Content and Instruction (5114) — February 2014*
- Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (5383) — April 2014
- Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (5282) — April 2014
- Speech Communication: Content Knowledge (5221) — December 2013
- Technology Education (5051) — July 2014
* Beginning February 2014, this test will not be available in a paper-delivered format except as required for ADA accommodations.
Who Must Take the Tests?
Teacher candidates or those wishing to become certified must take The Praxis Series™ tests.
Prior to entering a teacher education program at your college or university, you may be required to take the Core tests to demonstrate your qualifications. However, individuals with a total SAT® score of 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only) are exempt from Core testing requirements for teacher education program administration.
- Individuals with a total SAT score of less than 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only), but a score of at least 550 on the Verbal test, are exempt from the Core tests in Reading and Writing for teacher education program admission.
- Individuals with a total SAT score of less than 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only), but a score of at least 550 on the Math test, are exempt from the Core test in Mathematics for teacher education program admission.
Likewise, individuals with a composite ACT® score of 24 are exempt from Core testing requirements for teacher education program admission.
- Individuals with a composite ACT score of less than 24, but with a score of at least 24 on the English test, are exempt from the Core tests in Reading and Writing for teacher education program admission.
- Individuals with a composite ACT score of less than 24, but a score of at least 24 on the Math test, are exempt from the Core test in Mathematics for teacher education program admission.
In North Carolina, you must take the appropriate Praxis II tests for each licensure area you seek.
- About the Praxis™ Tests
- The Praxis Series™ Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Register for a Test
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs
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