Subject and Pedagogy Assessments

Applicants must meet current testing requirements at the time of application.

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.

Please reference the table below to determine what content and pedagogy assessments are required for the area of certification that you are seeking.  

Please note that beginning on July 1, 2025, the edTPA or PPAT will be required for teacher applicants.  Until this time, applicants may submit either the edTPA, PPAT, or the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment to fulfill the pedagogy assessment requirement.  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 Portfolio-Based Assessment page for more information.  

Elementary and Secondary Areas

Licensure Area
Test Required
Test Code MD Score
Agriculture 7-12 Agriculture (Content)
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5701
5624
147
157
Art PreK-12 Art: Content and Analysis 5135 161
Biology 7-12 Biology: Content Knowledge

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5236
5235****
5624
154
150
157
Blind/Visually Impaired National Certification in Unified English Braille

n/a
75
(each subtest)
Business Education
7-12
Business Education: Content Knowledge 
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5101
5624
154
157
Chemistry 7-12 Chemistry: Content Knowledge

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5246
5245****
5624
146
153
157
Chinese Mandarin PreK-12 Chinese (Mandarin)
World Languages: Pedagogy***
5665
5841
165
158
Computer Science 7-12 Computer Science (Content)
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5652
5624
149
157
Early Childhood Education PreK-3 Early Childhood Education (Content)
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood (Pedagogy)*
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education
5025
5621

5205
156
157

159
Earth/Space 7-12 Earth and Space Sciences

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5572
5571****
5624
154
152
157
Economics 7-12 Economics (Content)
Principles of Learning and Teaching (Pedagogy)*
5911
5624
150
157
Elementary Education
1-6
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (Content)
  • CKT: Reading Language Arts Subtest
  • CKT: Math Subtest
  • CKT: Science Subtest
  • CKT: Social Studies Subtest
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6 (Pedagogy)*

Teaching Reading: Elementary Education
7811
7812
7813
7814
7815
5622

5205

161
150
154
161
160

159
English 7-12 English Language, Arts Content: and Analysis
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5039
5624
168
157
Environmental Science 7-12 No Content Assessment
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
na
5624
na
157
ESOL PreK-12 English to Speakers of Other Languages (Content)

Teaching Reading: Elementary Education
5362

5205
163 

159
Family and Consumer Sciences 7-12 Family and Consumer Sciences (Content)

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5122

5624
153

157
French PreK-12 World Languages: French
World Languages: Pedagogy***
5174
5841
162
158
Geography 7-12 Geography
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5921
5624
168
157
German PreK-12 World Languages: German
World Languages: Pedagogy***
5183
5841
163
158
Health PreK-12 Health Education 5551 155
History 7-12 World and US History: Content Knowledge
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5941
5624
160
157
Latin PreK-12 Latin
World Languages: Pedagogy***
5601
5841
152
158
Marketing 7-12 No Content Assessment
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
na
5624
na
157
Mathematics 7-12 Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5165
5624
159
157
Music PreK-12
Music: Content & Instruction
5114 162
Physical Science 7-12 Physical Science
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5485
5624
157
157
Physics 7-12 Physics: Content Knowledge

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5266
5265****
5624
145
143
157
Physical Education PreK-12 Physical Education: Content and Design 5095 169
Political Science 7-12
Government/Political Science (Content)
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5931
5624
149
157
Social Studies 7-12 Social Studies: Content and Interpretation
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5086
5624
153
157
Spanish PreK-12 World Language: Spanish
World Languages: Pedagogy***
5195
5841
168
158
Special Education Infant-3/1-8/6-Adult Core Knowledge and Applications (Content)

Teaching Reading: Elementary Education(after Sept 1, 2019)
5354

5205
163 

159
Technology Education 7-12 Technology Education (Content)
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Pedagogy)*
5051
5624
159
157
Theater 7-12
Theater (Content)
Principles of Learning and Teaching (Pedagogy)*
5641
5624
151
157
Reading**
Teaching Reading: Elementary
5205 159


Middle School Area

Licensure Area Test Required
Test Code MD Score
Middle School English
4-9
Middle School: English/Language Arts

Principles of Learning and Teaching: 5-9 (Pedagogy)
5047

5623
164

160
Middle School Mathematics
4-9
Middle School: Mathematics

Principles of Learning and Teaching: 5-9 (Pedagogy)
 5164 

5623
157

160
Middle School Science
4-9

Middle School: Science

Principles of Learning and Teaching: 5-9 (Pedagogy)
5442

5623
152

160
Middle School Social Studies
4-9

Middle School: Social Studies

Principles of Learning and Teaching: 5-9 (Pedagogy)

5089

5623
154

160

To register for a Praxis assessment, visit the Educational Testing Service website.

*The edTPA and PPAT will be accepted in lieu of the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment. Please visit our Portfolio-Based 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 coursework renewal requirement (12 semester hours) by meeting the qualifying score on the above Praxis subject assessment.

World Languages

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.  Currently, the pedagogy test 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. Beginning on July 1, 2025, all teacher candidates must present the PPAT or edTPA as part of the testing requirements for certification. 

Specialists and Administrators

Licensure Area
​Test Required
​Test Code
​MD Score
School Psychologist
​School Psychologist
5403
5402****
​155
147
Administrator II
​SLLA
​6990
​151


You may send test scores to MSDE in one of the following ways: 

  • Select MSDE as a test score recipient,
  • Notation on a college transcript, 
  • Photocopy of the original score report, or 
  • Official verification from another state department of education.

****To facilitate a seamless transition, MSDE will continue to accept the former versions of the assessments through August 31, 2025, if taken prior to January 1, 2024. Additionally, although not required until January 1, 2024, MSDE will accept the new assessments immediately should a test taker wish to take the new version prior to January 1st.