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Application for the Elementary and Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs

Letter of Recommendation link

PDF copy of Traditional Application for Elementary and Secondary

PDF copy of Program in Education Continuing Studies Application for Elementary and Secondary

PDF copy of Duke Continuing Studies Application

*Note: Continuing Studies applicants must complete the Program in Education digital application AND the Duke Continuing Studies PDF application. 

 

How to Apply to Elementary or Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs

1. Speak with your advisor concerning your academic and career interests. Make an appointment with the Program in Education office if you would like to meet with an education advisor.

2. Explore the Program in Education website (educationprogram.duke.edu) and come by the Program in Education Office (213 West Duke Building) if you have any questions. Review the information carefully to determine if you wish to apply.

3. Set up an individual conference to discuss your interest. During this conference you can discuss the program requirements, goals of the program, and application process. 
For Elementary (K-6) contact Dr. Jan Riggsbee, jrigg@duke.edu, (919) 660-3075
For Secondary (9-12) contact Dr. Martin Smith, mps51@duke.edu, (919) 660-3081

4. Complete and submit this digital application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and as space allows. You are encouraged to apply in the spring of sophomore year when you declare your major. 

5. Ask a faculty member (ideally in your major) to complete your Letter of Recommendation.  https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4TosYdAyiG7UUFD

6. After your application materials have been reviewed, you will have an individual interview with the Program Admissions Committee. Interviews will be scheduled within one month of receipt of your application. After your interview, you will be notified whether you have been accepted as a candidate for teacher licensure.

7. Graduates of the Elementary Teacher Preparation Program (ETPP) or the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program (STPP) are eligible for teacher licensure in North Carolina and in most other states through reciprocity.

FAQs – Praxis I

Who must take Praxis I?

In order to qualify for the program, you must have scored a 1100 or higher on the SAT, a 24 or higher on the ACT, or take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests and score at least Reading (176), Writing (173), Math (173).

  • 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.
  • 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).