You may send test scores to MSDE in one of the following ways: notation on a college transcript, photocopy of the original score report, or official verification from a state department of education.
If you are enrolled in a Maryland approved educator preparation program, you should work directly with your program to assure you understand your testing requirements.
Beginning September 1, 2019, candidates applying for initial certification in the areas of early childhood, elementary, special education (all grade bands), and ESOL will be required to present the Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary Education assessment.
Beginning on July 1, 2019, the edTPA and PPAT will be accepted in lieu of the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment. Currently, there is no specific score required for either the edTPA or PPAT; however, if an applicant submits the Principles of Learning and Teaching, the score indicated below is required. Please visit our Performance Assessment page for more information.
After June 30, 2022, all teacher candidates must take either the edTPA or PPAT to fulfill the pedagogy assessment requirement. If taking the edTPA, choose the rubric aligned with the subject area for which you are applying.
*The edTPA and PPAT will be accepted in lieu of the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment. Please visit our Performance Assessment page for more information.
**Professional certificate holders with certification in early childhood, elementary, or special education at the early childhood and elementary levels may test out of the reading requirement (12 semester hours) by meeting the qualifying score on the above Praxis subject assessment.
(Two content assessments required if graduating from an approved dual program)
*** This pedagogy test is not required for graduates of approved teacher preparation programs in world languages or middle school. It is a requirement only for candidates completing certification through transcript analysis (world languages only- transcript analysis is not available for middle school certification) or alternative preparation programs.
Please note that applicants seeking certification in a world language may meet the testing requirement by presenting qualifying scores on the Praxis content assessment in the specific language
or presenting qualifying scores on both the
ACTFL OPI and WPT for that language. The pedagogy test (5841) is not required for graduates of approved teacher preparation programs in world languages. It is a requirement only for candidates completing certification through transcript analysis or through alternative preparation programs.
Applicants must meet current testing requirements at the time of application.
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