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How to Apply to Elementary or Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs

  1. Speak with your faculty advisor/s concerning your academic and career interests. Advisors in the Academic Advising Center will help you explore options.
  2. Set up a conference with the appropriate teacher preparation program contact. During this conference you can discuss the program requirements, goals of the program, and application process.
    1. Elementary Education Program – contact Jan Riggsbee (919-660-3077) or come by the office in 213 West Duke Building.
    2. Secondary Education Program – contact Susan Wynn (919-660-3075) or come by the office in 213 West Duke Building.
  3. Complete an application form by downloading the online version or stop by 213 West Duke Building to pick up a hard copy.
  4. Take the Praxis I (Pre-professional Skills Tests) and submit test results to the Program in Education. Your application is not complete until Praxis scores have been submitted. Candidates are required to take Reading, Writing, and Mathematics or provide evidence of scoring a minimum of 1100 on the SAT. This exam is required by the state of North Carolina for all students enrolled in teacher preparation programs.

Application Window

Applications are accepted during the student's sophomore year and, as space allows, in the fall of the junior year. Because enrollment is limited you are encouraged to apply early.

Application Review Process

  1. After your application materials have been reviewed, you will have an individual interview with the appropriate Admissions Committee. Interviews will be held in the spring semester of the sophomore year and, as space allows, in fall semester of the junior year.
  2. After your interviews, you will be notified as to whether you have been accepted as a candidate for teacher certification. Accepted candidates are assigned a Teacher Preparation Program advisor with whom they meet each semester to discuss progress.
  3. An orientation session for all accepted candidates will be held in the junior year to discuss registration for the Praxis Exam and other relevant matters.
  4. At the end of the junior year, candidates who meet all admission criteria are formally accepted into the Program.

FAQs – Praxis I: Pre-professional Skills Test (PPST)

Who must take Praxis I?

All students must complete and pass the Praxis I OR provide evidence of scoring a minimum of 1100 on the SAT or comparable ACT scores BEFORE they can be formally accepted into the Teacher Preparation Programs.

Candidates with a total SAT score of 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only) are exempt from Praxis I testing requirements for teacher education program administration.

  • Individuals with a total SAT score of less than 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only), but a score of at least 550 on the Verbal test, are exempt from the PPST in Reading and Writing for teacher education program admission.
  • Individuals with a total SAT score of less than 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only), but a score of at least 550 on the Math test, are exempt from the PPST in Mathematics for teacher education program admission.

Likewise, individuals with a composite ACT score of 24 are exempt from Praxis I testing requirements for teacher education program admission.

  • Individuals with a composite ACT score of less than 24, but with a score of at least 24 on the English test, are exempt from the Praxis I tests in Reading and Writing for teacher education program admission.
  • Individuals with a composite ACT score of less than 24, but a score of at least 24 on the Math test, are exempt from the Praxis I test in Mathematics for teacher education program admission.

How do I register for the Praxis I test?

  • Get a copy of the Praxis Registration Bulletin in Room 213, West Duke Building or online at the Praxis website.
  • Registration must be received approximately one month before test date. Check the Praxis Registration Bulletin for exact mail-in and online registration due dates.

When are the Praxis I tests given and where can I take them?

Visit the Praxis website for an up-to-date calendar of paper-based test administration dates and locations. Computer-based tests are also available for Praxis I.

What Praxis I scores are required for admission?

Minimum Scores Required for Admission to Elementary or Secondary Certification Programs
Praxis I Skills Test Subject ETS Code Time Minimum Score
Reading 10710 1 hour 176
Writing 20720 1 hour 173
Math 10730 1 hour 173

Who can I contact with further questions about Praxis I test?

The Praxis Registration Bulletin should have the answers to most all of your questions. If you have further questions, contact the Licensure Officer of Teacher Education in 213 West Duke Building (919-660-3083).