Praxis Tests in Iowa

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Praxis Requirements for Licensure in Iowa

Before receiving an initial Iowa teacher's license, a candidate must complete a bachelor's degree program and an educator preparation program. As part of the educator preparation program requirements, one must pass two Praxis exams: a pedagogy exam and a content exam. Both types of exam must focus on the grade range in which the aspiring teacher would like to work, and the content exam further indicates the subject(s) they can teach. The exception to this rule is for future stand-alone special education teachers, who must pass two content exams.

Test-takers have to achieve passing scores determined by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. Let's now review all applicable Praxis tests and the required scores.

Praxis Pedagogy Tests for Iowa Teachers

There are two options for the Praxis pedagogy tests: the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT) or the appropriate Praxis Principles of Teaching and Learning (PLT). In Iowa, there are five grade level ranges you can become certified in. The chart below details the corresponding pedagogy test options and the passing score:

Endorsement Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Pre-K or Pre-K-3 Only (with no other grade level endorsement) PPAT Assessment OR Principles of Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood (5621) 32 / 157
K-12 General Education PPAT Assessment OR Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades K-6 (5622) OR Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 5-9 (5623) OR Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 7-12 (5624) 32 / 160 / 160 / 157
K-6 or K-8 General Education PPAT Assessment OR Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades K-6 (5622) 32 / 160
5-12 General Education PPAT Assessment OR Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 5-9 (5623) OR Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 7-12 (5624) 32 / 160 / 157
9-12 General Education PPAT Assessment OR Principles of Teaching and Learning: Grades 7-12 (5624) 32 / 157

*All Principles of Teaching and Learning tests are scored on a 100 - 200 point scale.

Praxis Content Tests for Iowa

Iowa categorizes its content tests into eight categories, based on grade level or specialized subject. Altogether, there are 62 endorsement areas. Passing scores for each of these tests is individually set by the state of Iowa. The exact names and passing scores for each exam are provided below in the appropriate category.

Early Childhood Education

These exams are for candidates who will ''only'' become certified in PK-K and/or PK-3.

Endorsement Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Early Childhood Teacher - PreK-K (Endorsement 103) Early Childhood Education (5025) 152
PreK to Grade 3 Teacher - PreK-3 (Endorsement 106) Early Childhood Education (5025) 152
PreK to Grade 3, Including Special Education (Endorsement 100) Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (5023) 172

For a teacher who holds the Elementary Classroom Teacher K-6 (Endorsement 102) and would like to add an early childhood education endorsement (103, 106, or 100), these Praxis tests are not required.

Elementary Education

Endorsement Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Elementary Classroom Teacher K-6 (Endorsement 102) Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5018) 151

Early Adolescence (K-8)

Certification Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Art K-8 (Endorsement 113) Art: Content and Analysis (5135) 153
English/ Language Arts K-8 (Endorsement 119) Middle School English Language Arts (5047) 152
Health K-8 (Endorsement 137) Health Education (5551) 145
History K-8 (Endorsement 162) Middle School Social Studies (5089) 145
Mathematics K-8 (Endorsement 142) Middle School Mathematics (5169) 151
Music K-8 (Endorsement 144) Music: Content Knowledge (5113) 154
Physical Education K-8 (Endorsement 146) Physical Education: Content and Design (5095) 158
Reading K-8 (Endorsement 148) Teaching Reading (5204) (Accepted through August 31, 2020) OR Teaching Reading: K-12 (5206) 156 / 156
Science - Basic K-8 (Endorsement 150) Middle School Science (5440) 139
Social Studies K-8 (Endorsement 164) Middle School Social Studies (5089) 145
Speech Comm/Theatre K-8 (Endorsement 167) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge (5221) OR Theatre (5641) 149 / 159
Teacher Librarian K-8 (Endorsement 108) Library Media Specialist (5311) 151

Secondary Education (5-12)

Endorsement Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
American Government 5-12 (Endorsement 157) Government/Political Science (5931) 149
American History 5-12 (Endorsement 158) World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge (5941) 145
Art 5-12 (Endorsement 114) Art: Content and Analysis (5135) 153
Basic Science 5-12 (Endorsement 1541) General Science: Content Knowledge (5435) 143
Biology 5-12 (Endorsement 151) Biology: Content Knowledge (5235) 147
Chemistry 5-12 (Endorsement 152) Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) 135
Earth Science 5-12 (Endorsement 153) Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (5571) 147
Economics 5-12 (Endorsement 160) Economics (5911) 137
English/ Language Arts 5-12 (Endorsement 120) English Language Arts: Content and Analysis (5039) 164
Geography 5-12 (Endorsement 161) Geography (5921) 138
Health 5-12 (Endorsement 138) Health Education (5551) 145
Journalism 5-12 (Endorsement 141) Praxis test discontinued. Contact the state of Iowa. N/A
Language Arts (All) 5-12 (Endorsement 1201) English Language Arts: Content and Analysis (5039) 164
Mathematics 5-12 (Endorsement 143) Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161) 135
Music 5-12 (Endorsement 145) Music: Content Knowledge (5113) 154
Physical Education 5-12 (Endorsement 147) Physical Education: Content and Design (5095) 158
Physics 5-12 (Endorsement 156) Physics: Content Knowledge (5265) 130
Psychology 5-12 (Endorsement 163) Psychology (5391) 154
Reading 5-12 (Endorsement 149) Teaching Reading (5204) (Accepted through August 31, 2020) OR Teaching Reading: K-12 (5206) 156 / 156
Science (All) 9-12 (Endorsement 185) General Science: Content Knowledge (5435) 143
Social Studies (All) 5-12 (Endorsement 186) Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081) 150
Sociology 5-12 (Endorsement 165) Sociology (5952) 154
Speech Comm/Theatre 5-12 (Endorsement 168) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge (5221) OR Theatre (5641) 149 / 159
Teacher Librarian 5-12 (Endorsement 109) Library Media Specialist (5311) 151
World History 5-12 (Endorsement 166) World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge (5941) 145

All Grades (Grades K-12)

Endorsement Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
ESL Teacher K-12 (Endorsement 104) English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362) 149
Reading Specialist K-12 (Endorsement 176) Reading Specialist (5301) 164
Talented and Gifted K-12 (Endorsement 107) Gifted Education (5358) 151
Teacher Librarian K-12 (Endorsement 174) Library Media Specialist (5311) 151

Career and Technical Education

Endorsement Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Agriculture 5-12 (Endorsement 112) Agriculture (5701) 147
Business (All) 5-12 (Endorsement 1171) Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101) 157
Family and Consumer Science - General 5-12 (Endorsement 139) Family and Consumer Sciences (5122) 152
Industrial Technology 5-12 (Endorsement 140) Technology Education (5051) 159
Marketing/Dist Education 5-12 (Endorsement 301) Marketing Education (5561) 159
Office Education 5-12 (Endorsement 302) Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101) 157

World Languages

Endorsement Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Chinese K-8 (Endorsement 121) OR Chinese 5-12 (Endorsement 122) Chinese (Mandarin): World Language (5665) 164
French K-8 (Endorsement 123) OR French 5-12 (Endorsement 124) French: World Language (5174) 152
German K-8 (Endorsement 125) OR German 5-12 (Endorsement 126) German: World Language (5183) 151
Latin K-8 (Endorsement 129) OR Latin 5-12 (Endorsement 130) Latin (5601) 158
Spanish K-8 (Endorsement 133) OR Spanish 5-12 (Endorsement 134) Spanish: World Language (5195) 151

Special Education

Special education teaching candidates do not take a pedagogy test and, instead, take two special education subject assessments.

Endorsement Area Praxis Exam Name and Test Code Required Passing Score
Deaf or Hard of Hearing Birth-21 (Endorsement 266) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511) AND Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (5272) 150 / 159
Early Childhood Education (Endorsement 262) Early Childhood Education (5025) AND Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood (5691) 152 / 159
Instructional Strategist II: BD/LD K-12 (Endorsement 263) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511) AND Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders and Emotional Disturbances (5372) OR Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (5383) 150 / 154 / 151
Instructional Strategist II: ID K-12 (Endorsement 264) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511) AND Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications (5545) 150 / 158
Instructional Strategist II: Physically Handicapped K-12 (Endorsement 265) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511) AND Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354) 150 /151
Visually Impaired Birth-21 (Endorsement 267) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511) AND Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (5282) 150 /157

Praxis Testing Centers in Iowa

Praxis tests are administered on a computer, and they must be taken at an official testing location. These testing centers are found around the world, but here you'll find a chart detailing the centers operating in Iowa (last updated in September 2019):

Testing Center Address
Davenport-Bettendorf 1035 Lincoln Rd, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Des Moines 1260 Office Plaza Dr, West Des Moines, IA 50266
ETS - University of Northern Iowa 007 Innovative Teaching and Technology Center, Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Iowa Central Community College - Webster City 1725 Beach Street, Webster City, IA 50595
Iowa Central Community College - Fort Dodge Student Resource Center Building, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Loras College 1450 Alta Vista, Dubuque, IA 52001
Luther College 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101
Northwestern College 101 7th St SW, Orange City, IA 51041
Prometric Test Center - Hiawatha 1089 Longfellow Dr, Hiawatha, IA 52233
Prometric Test Center - Iowa City 30 S. Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240
Sioux City - First Street 204 First St (Pioneer Plaza), Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054
Sioux City - Stone Avenue 4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, IA 51106

On test day, remember to bring a valid photo ID; arrive at least 30 minutes before your exam; and leave behind phones or other electronic devices, which are prohibited within the test center.

Praxis Prep Courses for Iowa Teachers

The Praxis website offers free tutorials to help test takers familiarize themselves with the test delivery in advance. Our Study.com online prep courses are also designed with the test content and questions in mind, but our delivery is through short video lessons and practice exams. Our study guides are neatly delineated into chapters and lessons, each with a quiz, so you can break your studying into chunks and make the most of your study time with our concise, engaging lessons. Our Praxis study guides are a valuable resource for those who need to refresh their knowledge for the Iowa Praxis content tests.

You can find the full list of Praxis Study Guides here, and you can also scan the following list of some of our study courses that can help you prepare for your exams:

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