North Carolina Praxis Tests

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
In North Carolina, Praxis tests are used to determine the eligibility of candidates both for teacher preparation programs and for state licensure. Learn about testing requirements, passing scores, and how to prepare for Praxis exams.

Praxis Tests in North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's requirements for beginning teachers typically include both Praxis Core Academic Skills tests and Praxis Subject Assessments for specialized areas of teaching. Aspiring teachers take the Core Academic Skills tests prior to beginning their teacher preparation programs, and Subject Assessments before they apply for licensure.

Core Academic Skills Exam Requirements

To be admitted into a North Carolina teacher preparation program, students must either achieve minimum required scores on their ACTs or SATs, or earn North Carolina's passing scores on three Praxis Core Academic Skills tests:

Test Minimum Required Score
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 156
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Math 150
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 162

Subject Assessment Requirements for Licensure

To obtain a teaching license in North Carolina, new teachers typically must complete a teacher preparation program at a regionally accredited school and, for licensure in specialized areas, pass subject-specific Praxis Subject Assessments.

Licensure Areas for Which Praxis Tests Are Required

CategoryLicensure Area
Middle School Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Secondary Education Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Economics, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Science, Social Studies, Sociology
All Grades Art, Health and Physical Education, Health Specialist, Music, Physical Education, Reading (Bachelor's and Graduate levels), Speech Communication
World Languages English as a Second Language, French, German, Latin, Spanish
Special Education Exceptional Children Program Administrator, Adapted Curriculum, Behaviorally/Emotionally Disabled, Cross Categorical, General Curriculum, Learning Disabled, Mentally Disabled, Severely Profoundly Mentally Disabled, Visually Impaired
Career & Technical Education Business Education, Career-Technical Education Director, Family and Consumer Sciences, Marketing Education, Technology Education
Special Service Personnel Audiologist, Counselor, Curriculum-Instructional Specialist, Media Coordinator, Media Supervisor, School Psychologist, Speech-Language Pathologist

Praxis Subject Assessment Test Prep Courses

Study.com has online prep courses for many of the Subject Assessments required for North Carolina licensure areas. Courses prepare test takers by providing insight into the specific content and types of questions included in each exam. These self-paced courses are typically taught via video lessons and feature quick quizzes on subject matter. See examples of courses offered:

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