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New Mexico 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.

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Tests Required for Initial Licensure Areas

Early Childhood Education

All candidates for an initial teaching license in Early Childhood Education are required to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators assessments and the appropriate content assessment.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (Birth–PreK)
Core Academic Skills for Educators Assessments
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).
Content Assessment
Pre-Kindergarten Education 5531 *
Early Childhood Education (PreK–Grade 3)
Core Academic Skills for Educators Assessments
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).
Content Assessment
Education of Young Children 5024 *

Elementary Education (K–8)

All candidates for an initial teaching license in Elementary Education are required to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators assessments, a Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment and the appropriate content assessments.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education (K–8)
Core Academic Skills for Educators Assessments
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).
Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
Content Assessment
Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 5017 *
and
Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 *

Middle School Education (5–9)

All candidates for an initial teaching license in Middle Level Education (5–9) are required to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators assessments, a Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment and a content assessment for the first endorsement on the license.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Middle School Education (5–9)
Core Academic Skills for Educators Assessments
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).
Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
One of the Content Assessments Listed Below for the First Endorsement on the License
Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *
English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
French: World Language 5174 *
German: World Language 5183 *
Health Education 5551 *
Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
Middle School Science 5440 *
or
Middle School Science 5442 *
Middle School Mathematics(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
Middle School Social Studies 5089 *
Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Teaching Reading: K–12 5206 *
Library Media Specialist 5311 *
Spanish World Language 5195 *
Technology Education 5051 *

Secondary Education

All candidates for an initial teaching license in Secondary Education are required to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators assessments, a Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment and a content assessment for the first endorsement on the license.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Secondary Education (7–12)
Core Academic Skills for Educators Assessments
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 *
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).
Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
One of the Content Assessments Listed Below for the First Endorsement on the License
Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *
English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 *
English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
French: World Language 5174 *
General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
German: World Language 5183 *
Health Education 5551 *
Mathematics: Content Knowledge(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Psychology 5391 *
Teaching Reading: K–12 5206 *
Library Media Specialist 5311 *
Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
Spanish World Language 5195 *
Technology Education 5051 *

Specialty Pre K–12

All candidates for an initial teaching license in Grades Specialty Pre K–12 are required to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators assessments, a Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment and a content assessment for the first endorsement on the license.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Specialty Pre K–12
Core Academic Skills for Educators Assessments
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 *
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).
Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
One of the Content Assessments Listed Below for the First Endorsement on the License
Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *
English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
French: World Language 5174 *
German: World Language 5183 *
Health Education 5551 *
Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Teaching Reading: K–12 5206 *
Library Media Specialist 5311 *
Spanish World Language 5195 *

Special Education (Pre K–12)

All candidates for an initial teaching license in Special Education are required to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators assessments, a Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment and the appropriate content assessment.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Special Education (Pre K–12)
Core Academic Skills for Educators Assessments
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).
Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
Content Assessment
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *

Educational Administration (Pre K–12)

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Educational Administrator (Pre K–12) Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5412 *

Instructional Support Provider

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Educational Diagnostician (Pre K–12) School Psychologist 5402 *
School Counselor Professional School Counselor 5421 *

Endorsements

Individuals seeking additional endorsements must take 24 semester hours in the appropriate content area OR must take and pass the appropriate content knowledge assessment. Individuals seeking to add a gifted education endorsement to an initial license must either take 24 semester hours in gifted teaching coursework OR must take 12 semester hours of gifted teaching coursework AND pass the Gifted Education test.

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Art Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *
English Language Arts English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 *
English to Speakers of Other Languages English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
French French: World Language 5174 *
General Science General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
German German: World Language 5183 *
Gifted Education Gifted Education 5358 *
Health Health Education 5551 *
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Middle Grades English Language Arts Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
Middle Grades General Science Middle School Science 5440 *
or
Middle School Science 5442 *
Middle Grades Mathematics Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
Middle Grades Social Science Middle School Social Studies 5089 *
Music Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Psychology Psychology 5391 *
Reading Teaching Reading: K–12 5206 *
School Library Media Specialist Library Media Specialist 5311 *
Social Science Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
Spanish Spanish World Language 5195 *
Technology Education Technology Education 5051 *

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

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