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  • New Praxis Core requirement 

    The State of New Jersey is requiring teacher candidates to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in math (test #5732), reading (test #5712), and writing (test # 5722).  Passing scores on the tests are 150, 156, and 162, respectively.  You can register for the tests at https://www.ets.org/praxis.  Additional information, such as test dates and locations, can be found online at http://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/

    The CORE must be taken and passed prior to entry into an educator preparation program.

    Note: This requirement is waived for candidates with at least:

    • 1660 combined SAT score (critical reading, writing, math)
    • 23 ACT score
    • 4.0 analytical writing and combined 310 quantitative and verbal GRE scores

    This requirement is also waived for candidates who successfully complete all phase I coursework before September 2015 with a grade of B- or above.

    Help us learn more about NJCU students and the Praxis CORE. 


     ETS Praxis review books 

    The ETS Praxis Review e-books are now in the Guarini Library collection. They can be found under Databases by Title http://www.njcu.edu/Guarini/databases/Alpha.htm, or under databases by Subject- Education http://www.njcu.edu/guarini/databases/DataSub-Education.htm (Scroll down to Teacher Resources) below the Learning Express database.


    Praxis FAQs

    1. When should I take the Praxis II exam? 

    Please note that students must pass their Praxis exam(s) before they can register for the
    Internship:

    • If you are doing your Internship (student teaching) in the fall semester, take the Praxis
      in January.
    • If you are doing your Internship (student teaching) in the spring semester, take the
      Praxis in June or July.

    2. How do I register for the Praxis exam? 

    You can register for the Praxis Tests on the ETS website.

    3. Which test should I take? 

    Always check with your advisor to ensure that you register for the correct exams. Click here for more information:

    4. What if I don't get a passing score?

    In certain cases, a high GPA may offset a Praxis score, or a high Praxis score may offset a low GPA. Click here to see the GPA/Praxis Test score flexibility rules on the NJ Department of Education website.  


    Administrator/School Leader 

    To be certified in: 

    You need to take: 

     Qualifying Score: 

    Principal

    School Leaders Licensure Assessment (6011) 

    163
    School Administrator School Superintendent Assessment (6021) 160

      


    Content Areas 

    To be certified in: 

    You need to take: 

    Qualifying Score: 

    Art

    Art: Content Knowledge (5134)

    158
    English

    English Language, Literature, and Composition:
    Content Knowledge (5038)

    167
    Health & Physical Education: Content Knowledge

    Health and Physical Education:
    Content Knowledge (5857)

    160
    Mathematics

    Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)

    160

    Music

    Music: Content Knowledge (5113) 153

    Physical Education

    Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5091) 148

    Reading

    Teaching Reading (5204) 159

     


    Early Childhood Education 

    NOTE: The Praxis II content test and passing score for Teachers of Early Childhood has changed as of September 1, 2015. The new test is number 5025, and the passing score is 156 (on a 100 to 200 point scale). Any teacher candidate who passes test number 5022 before September 1, 2015 will be grandfathered. Only the new test, number 5025, will be counted after September 1, 2015.

    To be certified in: 

    You need to take: 

    Qualifying Score: 

    Preschool-
    Grade 3

    Early Childhood Content Knowledge (5025)

    156


    Candidates in the P-3/ Elementary Education dual certification track must also take the Praxis II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) exam. Candidates in the dual certification program must pass BOTH 5022 and 5001 before they can register for the Internship.
     

     

    Elementary Education 

    To be certified in: 

    You need to take: 

    Qualifying Score: 

    Elementary K-5

    Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001)

    • Reading and Language Arts Subtest (5002)
    • Mathematics Subtest (5003)
    • Social Studies Subtest (5004)
    • Science Subtest (5005)
     

    157
    157
    155
    159

     *To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. You must take the full test on your initial attempt. If, after your first attempt you did not pass one of the individual subtests, you may take just that subtest again for a reduced fee.

     


    Middle School 

    To be certified in: 

    You need to take: 

    Qualifying Score: 

    Elementary School with Subject Matter Preparation: Language Arts Literacy (5–8) 

    Middle School English
    Language Arts (5047)

    164
    Elementary School with Subject Matter Preparation: Mathematics (5–8)

    Middle School Mathematics (5169)

    165
    Elementary School with Subject Matter Preparation: Science (5–8)

    Middle School Science (5440)

    150
    Elementary School with Subject Matter Preparation: Social Studies (5–8)

    Middle School Social Studies (5089)

    158
    Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization: World Languages/German (5–8) Spanish: World Language (5195) 168

     


    Secondary Education 

    To be certified in: 

    You need to take: 

    Qualifying Score: 

    Science, Biology

    Biology: Content Knowledge (5235)

    General Science: Content Knowledge (5435)

    152

    152

    Science, Earth Science

    Earth and Space Sciences:
    Content Knowledge (5571)

    General Science: Content Knowledge  (5435)

    153

    152

    Science, Physical Science

    Chemistry: Content Knowledge  (5245) 

    Physics: Content Knowledge  (5265)

    General Science: Content Knowledge (5435)

    152

    141

    152

    Social Studies

    Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081) 157

      


    Special Education 

    The State of New Jersey does not require a Praxis exam in Special Education. However, all graduate students are required to take the Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354) as a comprehensive examination to graduate in the M.A. or M.A.T. programs.

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