It became apparent after examining testing data that the success rate of those who take the Praxis while still taking classes at Graceland is significantly better than those who choose to wait until they are done with student teaching. As a result, the GSOE has changed its policy about Praxis requirements. We do not make these decisions lightly; we want to ensure the success of our students. Our goal is to have students finish our program with license in hand at the time of graduation. It has been too apparent that some students graduate, garner a teaching job, and then are unable to obtain their license due to not passing their Praxis exams.
Therefore, starting at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year (Fall 2018), in order to be eligible to student teach, all GSOE candidates must pass the Praxis II content knowledge exam and provide proof of registration for the Praxis PLT before beginning their student teaching placement.
This new policy will be initiated at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year for all teacher education students, regardless of when they began the program.