As a teacher education candidate, you are required to pass two Praxis tests to be eligible for licensure in Iowa; a test for pedagogy Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT), as well as a Content Knowledge test for your major. If you are in secondary or K-12 education, you should take the tests for your major and selected area of concentration. If you have multiple majors or concentrations, you may choose which subject area content knowledge test to take.
You have the option of taking the test sometime during your junior or senior year, but it is recommended to wait until you have completed Methods coursework. The Praxis tests may be taken multiple times until a passing score has been achieved. You may officially graduate from Graceland but will not be eligible for licensure until you have passed the Praxis.
Every education student is eligible for a voucher good for two practice tests to help them prepare for the Praxis tests. Contact Kathy McElroy or your advisor for more information.
Required Praxis scores are determined by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE). Each year the BOEE looks closely at testing statistics and makes changes accordingly. On August 1, 2017, several of the passing scores changed. Please review the new passing scores closely.
If you have questions, please contact:
Garnet Coulthard, Co-Director of the Field Office
Kathy McElroy, Information Systems Coordinator