Praxis Tests in Utah

Praxis Tests in 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.

There are 3 levels of licensure available in Utah. Level 1 is the Subject Area Praxis test. This can be taken by anyone with a Bachelor's degree who wants to test in a specific subject for which they plan to teach. After passing the Subject Area Praxis Test, the candidate has three years to complete the Entry Years Enhancement (EYE) program and then take the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) to obtain the Level 2 licensing. The Entry Years Enhancement (EYE) mentoring program will explain which Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams to take and when. Finally, Level 3 is a higher licensure available for candidates with a doctorate degree should they wish to pursue this.

Candidates should also check with their school of choice to confirm any requirements for completing the Praxis Core Tests before entering a teacher program.

Utah Praxis Exams and Requirements

Below are the different tests available for the Utah Praxis examinations. There are two route options for licensure, traditional and alternative. The alternative route has additional requirements. Be sure to check them carefully if selecting the alternative route.

Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education licensure qualifies teachers to work with students in kindergarten and grades 1, 2 and 3. Applicants have a choice for 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 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 focuses only on the four main subject areas. You may choose to take all four of the subtests at the same time when you register. Online scientific calculators are available during testing for the Mathematics and Science subtests.

Early Childhood Education (K-3) TestTest CodeMinimum Required Score
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects5001Must pass each subtest
Reading and Language Arts Subtest5002157
Mathematics Subtest5003157
Social Studies Subtest5004155
Science Subtest5005159
OR
Early Childhood Education5025156

Elementary Education

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 four 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. You may choose to take all four subtests at one time at test registration. Online calculators are available for the Mathematics and Science subtests.

Elementary Education (K-6) TestTest CodeMinimum Required Score
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects5001Must pass each subtest
Reading and Language Arts Subtest5002157
Mathematics Subtest5003157
Social Studies Subtest5004155
Science Subtest5005159

Elementary Education (1-8) TestTest CodeMinimum Required Score
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects5001Must pass each subtest
Reading and Language Arts Subtest5002157
Mathematics Subtest5003157
Social Studies Subtest5004157
Science Subtest5005159

Secondary Education

Praxis tests used to certify middle and high school teachers include licensure for the following specialized areas:

Secondary Grades (6-12) TestTest CodeMinimum Required Score
Agriculture5701147
Art (K-12): Content Knowledge5134158
Business Education: Content Knowledge5101154
Chinese (Mandarin): World Language5665145
Economics5911150
OR
Economics-Social Studies: Content Knowledge5081159
English Language Arts: Content and Analysis5039162
Family and Consumer Sciences5122160
French: World Language5174160
Geography5921159
OR
Geography-Social Studies: Content Knowledge5081159
German: World Language5183160
Health Education5551152
History-World and US History: Content Knowledge5941156
OR
History-Social Studies: Content Knowledge5081159
Latin5601152
Library Media Specialist (K-12)5311141
Mathematics: Content Knowledge5161160
OR
Middle School Mathematics5161165
Middle School Science5440150
Music: Content Knowledge (K-12)5113156
Physical Education: Content Knowledge5091152
Government/Political Science5931149
OR
Political Science-Social Studies: Content Knowledge5081159
Psychology5391154
OR
Psychology-Social Studies: Content Knowledge5081159
Teaching Reading: K-125206156
Science-Biology: Content Knowledge5235149
Science-Chemistry: Content Knowledge5245151
Science-Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge5571153
Science: Environmental-Biology: Content Knowledge5235149
Science: Middle Level Science-General Science: Content Knowledge5435166
Science: Physical Science-Chemistry: Content Knowledge5245151
OR
Science: Physical Science-Physics: Content Knowledge5265136
Science-Physics: Content Knowledge5265136
Social Studies: Content Knowledge5081159
Sociology5952154
OR
Sociology-Social Studies: Content Knowledge5081159
Spanish: World Language5195168
Speech Communication: Content Knowledge5221144
Technology Education5051159
Theatre5641162

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 demonstrate that the applicant understands the subject matter knowledge to teach the subject effectively to students in 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.

Special Education and Deaf Education TestsTest CodeMinimum Required Score
Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students5272157
Blind and Visually Impaired5354160

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.

Administrative/Supervisory K-12 TestsTest CodeMinimum Required Score
Educational Leadership:Administration and Supervision5412146
School Leaders Licensure Assessment6990151

Support Licensure Tests:School Counseling and PsychologistTest CodeMinimum Required Score
Professional School Counselor5421164
School Psychologist5402147

Utah Praxis Testing Centers

When you take the Praxis test in Utah, scores are automatically sent to the Utah State Board of Education. Testing outside of Utah requires test code 8375 to send scores to the the Utah State Board of Education.

This table includes testing sites available in Utah:

Testing CenterAddress
Nomen Global Language Centers384 West Center Street
Provo, UT 84601
Selnate International School1340 North Freedom Blvd
Provo, UT 84604
Orem-Lindon350 South 400 West
Lindon, UT 84042
Salt Lake City-South 1460 East201 South 1460 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Utah State University, Tooele Regional Campus1021 West Vine St
Tooele, UT 84074
Utah State University Eastern451 E. 400 N.
Price, UT 84501
Weber State UniversityTracy Hall Testing Center RM 101
Ogden, UT 84401
ETS-Utah State UniversityUniversity Inn 115
Logan, UT 84322
Southern Utah University351 West University Blvd
Cedar City, UT 84720
Lumos Language School220 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Utah Praxis Tests Preparation Resources

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. Study.com offers a free 15-minutes practice test, along with less and resources available to help you prepare for the Praxis test.

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