Praxis Tests Used by the State of Utah
Utah uses Praxis tests as part of the teacher and education administrator licensure process. Individuals considering a career in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, special education, deaf education or education administration and support will be required to pass a content knowledge test or other approved Praxis test.
Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education licensure qualifies teachers to work with students in kindergarten and grades 1, 2 and 3. These applicants have a choice when it comes to which exam to take. They may opt to take the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects exam, which is also used to certify elementary education teachers, or they may take the Early Childhood Education: Content Knowledge Praxis.
Both of these Praxis exams cover mathematics, social studies, science and language arts. The Early Childhood Education test takes 2 hours and has 120 questions. It also covers health, physical education and art. The Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Praxis takes more time and only focuses on the 4 main subject areas.
Elementary education teachers in Utah can be licensed to work with students in kindergarten through grade 6 or in grades 1 through 8. The Praxis test requirements for both licensure types are the same. Applicants must pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Praxis. This test takes 4.25 hours and is made up of 4 subtests that cover the core subject areas. Applicants must demonstrate that they have the knowledge of mathematics, science, social studies and reading and language arts needed to be effective elementary school educators.
Praxis tests used to certify middle and high school teachers include:
|Business Education: Content Knowledge||Spanish: World Language|
|English Language Arts: Content and Analysis||Economics|
|World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge||Biology: Content Knowledge|
|Mathematics: Content Knowledge||Art: Content Knowledge|
|Library Media Specialist||Health Education|
|Physical Education: Content Knowledge||Music: Content Knowledge|
|General Science: Content Knowledge||Physics: Content Knowledge|
|Social Studies: Content Knowledge||Technology Education|
|Speech Communication: Content Knowledge||Theatre|
Test lengths can vary widely. For example, the 60-question Mathematics: Content Knowledge test is allotted 150 minutes, while the Spanish: World Language exam takes 3 hours.
These tests focus on establishing that the applicant has enough subject matter knowledge to effectively teach the subject to students in the middle and high school grades.
Special Education & Deaf Education
Special education teachers may opt to work with:
- Blind and visually impaired students
- Deaf and hard of hearing students
- Mild/Moderate special needs students
- Severe/Profound special needs students
Individuals pursuing special education licensure will have at least two exams to choose from to fulfill the testing requirements. The Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications exam can be used to qualify for licensure in any of these 4 areas. This test is 2 hours long and contains 120 questions that cover topics like student development, the learning environment, teaching strategies, methods for evaluating student performance and the responsibilities of special education teachers.
The Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Praxis is a 2-hour, 120-question test that is designed to ensure that teachers who work with deaf and hard of hearing students have the skills and knowledge needed to be effective in this area. Applicants must answer pedagogy questions as well as questions about the history of deaf and hard of hearing education and methods for developing lesson plans.
Administration & Support
There are two Praxis tests school administrators can take to qualify for their licenses. One is the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision test, which takes 2 hours and has 110 questions about such topics as ethics in education, the learning process and safety. There's also the 4-hour, 107-question School Leaders Licensure Assessment, which covers topics that are comparable to the Educational Leadership test.
Aspiring school psychologists must take the School Psychologist Praxis, and school counselors must pass the Professional School Counselor test.
All of these tests qualify successful applicants to work with students in kindergarten through to grade 12.
Getting Ready for Praxis Tests
Study resources are available online that can help you prepare for the Praxis tests you need to take. Browse this collection of Praxis Study Guides or use the links below to sample some of the titles available.