Praxis Tests Used for Certification and Endorsement in Nebraska
All Nebraska teachers are required to earn certification, and the Praxis tests are a large part of that process. First, to become a certified educator in Nebraska, it is necessary to complete an approved teacher preparation program, and one of the prerequisites for program admission is passing scores on the Praxis Core tests. If you've completed your educator preparation program in another state, you'll still need to pass the Praxis Core to qualify for Nebraska teacher licensure.
Then, to earn an initial endorsement, potential teachers are also required to complete one or more Praxis Subject Assessment content knowledge tests. This depends on what subject and grade they plan to teach. The details of these tests are provided in the following section.
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) in Nebraska
The Praxis Core ensures that individuals have the reading, writing, and mathematics skills needed to succeed as a teacher. Beginning on August 1, 2020, Nebraska will require an updated version of the Core tests, so information charts for both tests are included below.
Up until July 31, 2020:
|Praxis Subtest Name and Test Code||Required Passing Score|
|Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5712)||156|
|Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5722)||162|
|Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732)||150|
Beginning August 1, 2020:
|Praxis Subtest Name and Test Code||Required Passing Score|
|Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5713)||156|
|Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5723)||162|
|Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5733)||TBA150|
You can take the three subtests one at a time, or you can complete them all at once by signing up for the Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5751 or 5752). You must receive passing scores on all three tests.
The Core Reading test assesses your ability to process written content, form connections and conclusions, and effectively evaluate the material presented, while the Core Writing test evaluates your skills in writing material that's informative, writing effective persuasive content, and editing text effectively. Through the Core Mathematics test, you'll prove your mathematics skills in areas such as algebra, geometry, and statistics.
Praxis Tests for Teacher Endorsements in Nebraska
In Nebraska, you must earn an endorsement for your specialization, whether that is a grade level or a content subject. Here you can see all the tests organized in this alphabetical chart. Following this chart is supplementary information about some of the endorsements:
|Endorsement||Praxis Exam Name and Test Code||Required Passing Score|
|Agricultural Education||Agriculture (5701)||147|
|Art||Art: Content Knowledge (5134)||158|
|Basic Business||Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101)||154|
|Biology||Biology: Content Knowledge (5235)||148|
|Business, Marketing, Information Technology (BMIT)||Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101)||154|
|Chemistry||Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245)||140|
|Early Childhood Inclusive (formerly ECEU)||Education of Young Children (5024)||160|
|Earth and Space Science||Earth and Space Science: Content Knowledge (5571)||147|
|Elementary Education||Elementary Education: Curriculum and Instruction Assessment (5017)||153|
|English Language Arts||English Language Arts: Content and Analysis (5039)||168|
|Family and Consumer Sciences||Family and Consumer Sciences (5122)||153|
|General Art (K-6)||Art: Content Knowledge (5134)||158|
|Health and Physical Education||Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5857)||160|
|Health Education||Health Education (5551)||155|
|History||World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge (5941 )||147|
|Industrial Technology Education||Technology Education (5051)||N/A|
|Instrumental Music||Music: Content and Instruction (5114)||152|
|Mathematics||Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)||146|
|Middle Grades English Language Arts (Grades 5-9)||Middle School English Language Arts (5047)||164|
|Middle Grades Mathematics (Grades 5-9)||Middle School Mathematics (5169)||157|
|Middle Grades Science (Grades 5-9)||Middle School Science (5440)||150|
|Middle Grades Social Science (Grades 5-9)||Middle School Social Studies (5089)||155|
|Music||Music: Content and Instruction (5114)||152|
|Physical Education||Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5091)||146|
|Physics||Physics: Content Knowledge (5265)||131|
|Political Science||Government/Political Science (5931)||149|
|Principal||Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (5412)||146|
|Reading Specialist||Reading Specialist (5301)||164|
|School Counselor||Professional School Counselor (5421)||156|
|School Librarian||Library Media Specialist (5311)||151|
|School Psychologist||School Psychologist (5402)||147|
|Science (formerly Natural Science)||General Science: Content Knowledge (5435)||148|
|Secondary English||English Language Arts: Content and Analysis (5039)||168|
|Social Science||Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081)||154|
|Special Education (formerly Special Education: Mild/Moderate)||Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354)||151|
|Special Education: Deaf or Hard of Hearing/Subject||Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (5272)||160|
|Special Education: Early Childhood Special Education||Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (5023)||166|
|Special Education: Visual Impairment||Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (5282)||163|
|Special Education Supervisor||Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (5412)||146|
|Speech-Language Pathologist||Speech-Language Pathology (5331)||162|
|Superintendent||School Superintendent Assessment (6021) (Accepted through July 31, 2020) OR School Superintendent Assessment (6991) (Required beginning August 1, 2020)||152 / 162|
|Vocal Music||Music: Content and Instruction (5114)||152|
|World Language||French: World Language (5174) OR German: World Language (5183) OR Latin (5601) OR Spanish: World Language (5195)||162 / 163 / 155 / 156|
Education of Young Children Praxis Test
This test is designed to assess the skills and knowledge of applicants who intend to teach students in preschool, kindergarten, or grades 1, 2, or 3. Applicants are tested on such topics as their knowledge of development during early childhood, how to work with students with different needs, and instructional techniques.
Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Praxis
This Praxis test evaluates the knowledge applicants have of a variety of topics taught in elementary schools, including mathematics, science, social studies, reading, language arts, art, music, and physical education. It also assesses applicants' abilities to develop a curriculum and effectively teach these subjects.
Subject Area Praxis Tests
Secondary middle school and high school teachers, as well as K-12 teachers who teach subjects such as music, physical education, or world language, must take the appropriate Praxis test specific to their chosen field. If your specialty is a subjects such as art, biology, psychology, or physical education, there is a corresponding Praxis test and endorsement.
Special Education Praxis Tests
There are Praxis tests that qualify applicants to teach special education to specific age groups, including early childhood education, or to work with various student populations. Special education tests require applicants to demonstrate an understanding of how people develop and learn, as well as how to address specific learning needs in the classroom.
World Language Praxis Tests
In order to teach French, Spanish, German, or Latin, it is necessary to pass the appropriate world language Praxis. These tests evaluate applicants' abilities to read, write, and speak in their chosen language. They also need to demonstrate that they can understand the language when they listen to someone speak it.
Praxis Tests for Other Education Professionals
Schools need more than just teachers. They also need administrators, like principals and school superintendents, as well as other development professionals, such as reading specialists, school counselors, library media specialists, and school psychologists. These professionals must also take the subject-area Praxis tests that are required for endorsement in those areas.
Praxis Testing Centers in Nebraska
Whether you plan to take the Praxis in Nebraska or another state, make sure you select the Nebraska Department of Education as a score recipient as your scores may not automatically be sent. The code you'll need is 7643.
Here is a chart of all the Praxis testing centers approved by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). This data was last updated in September 2019. Always double check the website (ets.org) for the most recent information.
|ETS - University of Nebraska||University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE 68182|
|Lincoln South 34th Street||5715 S 34th St, STE 300, Lincoln, NE 68516|
|Northeast Community College||801 E Benjamin Ave, Norfolk, NE 68702|
|Omaha Davenport Street||11225 Davenport Street, Omaha, NE 68154|
|Prometrics Test Center||2620 23rd St, Columbus, NE 68601|
|York College||912 Kiplinger Ave, York, NE 68467|
Preparing to Take the Praxis in Nebraska
If you're just getting started with teacher certification and seeking to meet Nebraska's basic skills requirement, you can use the resources linked here to study for your Praxis tests.
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Reading: Study Guide & Practice
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Writing: Study Guide & Practice
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Mathematics (5732): Study Guide & Practice
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Mathematics (5733): Study Guide & Practice
- Praxis School Psychologist (5402): Practice & Study Guide
- Praxis Professional School Counselor (5421): Practice & Study Guide
Additional subject area exams for aspiring K-12, elementary education, middle, and high school teachers can also be found in this collection of Praxis Study Guides.