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FSU HomeOTENC Testing Requirements

Overview of North Carolina Testing Requirements

Who Must Take the Tests?

All Teacher candidates or those wishing to become certified must take The Praxis Series® tests. www.ETS.ORG

Prior to entering an educator preparation program at your college or university, you may be required to take and pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests to demonstrate your qualifications. 

Qualifying Passing Scores are: Reading: 156, Writing: 162 and Mathematics: 150

Inviduals with a composite score of 468 on Praxis I Core Adademic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing and Mathematics shall be deemed to have satisfied this requirement. 

However, individuals with a total SAT® score of 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only) are exempt from Core testing requirements for an educator preparation 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 educator preparation 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 educator preparation program admission.

Likewise, individuals with a composite ACT® score of 24 are exempt from Core testing requirements for educator preparation 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 educator preparation 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 educator preparation program admission.

Middle Grades, Secondary, and Special Subjects

Effective July 1, 2014, middle, secondary, and K-12 (with the exception of Special Education: General Curriculum) candidates recommended for an initial teaching license are NOT required by the SBE/DPI to pass the required Praxis II licensure exam(s) prior to being recommended by the IHE.  Candidates who do NOT pass the exam(s) prior to IHE recommendation are required:  1) to take the exam(s) at least once during their first year of teaching.  2) to pass the exam(s) in order to convert the Standard Professional I License to the Standard Professional II License.  

Special Education: General Curriculum

Initial teaching licensure candidates MUST pass the Praxis II 0543/5543 Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications exam PRIOR to being recommended by the IHE. This exam is used to meet the federal requirement of highly qualified.  Special Education: General Curriculum licensure applicants must then meet the remaining licensure exam requirements (Pearson's Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum Exams*) in compliance with NC General Statues.  Special Education: General Curriculum candidates who do NOT pass the Pearson Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams prior to IHE recommendation are required:  1) to take the exam(s) at least once during their first year of teaching.  2) to pass the exam(s) in order to convert the Standard Professional I license to the Standard Professional II license.

Elementary Education             http://www.nc.nesinc.com/

Effective October 1, 2014 - Elementary Education initial teaching licensure candidates must PASS the Pearson Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum exams* PRIOR to being recommended by the IHE. These exams are used to meet the federal requirement of highly qualified. 

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