Praxis Tests in Utah

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

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.

Secondary Education

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
Government/Political Science Latin
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.

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