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North Carolina

North Carolina 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).
 

Score reporting

  • If you test in North Carolina at a test center or at home, and your Praxis profile address is in North Carolina, your score report will be sent automatically to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
  • If you test outside North Carolina or your Praxis profile address is not in North Carolina, your scores are NOT automatically sent to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. To have your scores sent to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, you must select the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (state code 7846) as a score recipient when you register.
  • For all methods of Praxis testing, to request additional score reports you must select the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (state code 7846) with each additional score report request.

Tests required for all licensure areas

Higher education students seeking admission to North Carolina state-approved educator preparation programs must pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests or meet alternative testing requirements approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.
 

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
K–12: All Areas

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading

and

5713

1561

 

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing

and

5723

1621

 

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics

(On-screen four-function calculator provided)

5733

1501

 

1 Applicants for initial teacher certification must achieve a composite score of 468 on the three sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators. For single scores, refer to the list above.

 

If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core 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).

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
All Areas

PPAT®Assessment
(Must use PPAT Assessment website to register.)

or

 

38

 

An alternative state-approved performance assessment.

Tests required for specific licensure areas

The North Carolina Board of Education passed an adjustment to policy LICN-003, which allows the use of the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics CKT test as an option to meet the mathematics requirement for the Elementary Education (K-6) license effective April 6, 2019.
 

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education (K-6)

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics CKT Subtest

(On-screen four-function calculator provided)

7813

150

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

Language Arts (Middle Grades)

Middle School English Language Arts

5047

164

Mathematics (Middle Grades)

Middle School Mathematics

(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

5164

157

Science (Middle Grades)

Middle School Science

5442

152

Social Studies (Middle Grades)

Middle School Social Studies

5089

149

A candidate is exempt from the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 (5624) assessment requirement if the candidate can produce evidence of a passing score on a nationally scored PPAT Assessment or an alternative state-approved performance assessment.

For lateral entry, a provisional license or to add a teaching area by testing to an existing license a passing score on the specified content knowledge test and one of the following pedagogy tests is required: PLT test 5624 or PPAT Assessment or an alternative state-approved performance assessment (edTPA).
 

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

Anthropology (Secondary)

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

and

5081

158

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Biology (Secondary)

Biology: Content Knowledge

and

5235

150

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Chemistry (Secondary)

Chemistry: Content Knowledge

and

5245

152

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Earth Science (Secondary)

Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge

5571

136

Economics (Secondary)

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

and

5081

158

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

English (Secondary)

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

and

5038

167

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Geography (Secondary)

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

and

5081

158

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

History (Secondary)

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

and

5081

158

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Mathematics (Secondary)

Mathematics

(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

and

5165

159

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Physics (Secondary)

Physics: Content Knowledge

5265

133

Political Science (Secondary)

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

and

5081

158

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Science (Comprehensive, Secondary)

General Science: Content Knowledge

and

5435

151

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Social Studies (Comprehensive, Secondary)

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

and

5081

158

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

Sociology (Secondary)

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

and

5081

158

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12

5624

157

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

Academically/
Intellectually Gifted (K–12)

Gifted Education

5358

157

Art (K–12)

Art: Content and Analysis

5135

161

Health and Physical Education (K–12)

Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge

5857

160

Health Specialist (K–12)

Health Education

5551

156

Music (K–12)

Music: Content and Instruction

5114

162

Physical Education (K–12)

Physical Education: Content Knowledge

5091

152

Reading (Bachelor's Level, K–12)

Teaching Reading: K–12

5206

156

Reading (Graduate Level, K–12)

Reading Specialist

5302

165

Speech Communication
(K–12)

Speech Communication: Content Knowledge

5221

143

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

English as a Second Language (K–12)

English to Speakers of Other Languages

5362

155

French
(Secondary, K–12)

French: World Language

5174

162

German (Secondary, K–12)

German: World Language

5183

163

Latin (9–12)

Latin

5601

146

Spanish (Secondary, K–12)

Spanish: World Language

5195

168

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

Exceptional Children Program Administrator

Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

5412

146

Special Education: Adapted Curriculum

The following tests are required for licensure.

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications

and

5545

158

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5511

148

Special Education: Behaviorally/ Emotionally Disabled

The following tests are required for licensure.

Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/and Emotional Disturbances

and

5372

154

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5511

148

Special Education: Cross Categorical

The following tests are required for licensure.

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

and

5354

151

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5511

148

Special Education: General Curriculum (K–12)

The following tests are required for licensure.

The North Carolina Board of Education passed an adjustment to policy LICN-003, which allows the use of the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics CKT Subtest as an option to meet the mathematics requirement for the Exceptional Children: General Curriculum license effective April 6, 2019.

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics CKT Subtest

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

and

7813

150

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications

5543

158

See the Public Schools of North Carolina website for additional testing requirements

Special Education: Learning Disabled

The following tests are required for licensure.

Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

and

5383

151

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5511

148

Special Education: Mentally Disabled

The following tests are required for licensure.

Special Education: Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities

and

5322

156

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5511

148

Special Education: Severely Profoundly Mentally Disabled

The following tests are required for licensure.

Special Education: Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities

and

5322

156

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5511

148

Special Education: Visually Impaired

The following test is required for licensure.

Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

5282

163

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

Business Education (Career–Technical Education)

Business Education: Content Knowledge

(Calculator allowed)

5101

154

Career–Technical Education Director

Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

5412

146

Family and Consumer Sciences (Career–Technical Education)

Family and Consumer Sciences

5122

153

Marketing Education (Career–Technical Education)

Marketing Education

5561

169

Technology Education (Career–Technical Education)

Technology Education

5051

159

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

Audiologist

Effective July 1, 2020, Audiologist testing requirements for North Carolina are determined by the NCBOESLPA.

Counselor

Professional School Counselor

5421

156

Curriculum–Instructional Specialist

Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

5412

146

Media Coordinator

Library Media Specialist

5311

148

Media Supervisor

Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

5412

146

School Psychologist

School Psychologist

5402

147

Speech-Language Pathologist

Effective July 1, 2011, Speech-Language Pathologist testing requirements for North Carolina are determined by the NCBOESLPA.


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

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


North Carolina Department of Public Instruction