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How to Apply to Elementary or Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs

Application Form and Instructions

Undergraduate students at Duke may seek Elementary or Secondary teacher licensure in grades K-6 or grades 9-12, respectively. Graduates of the Elementary Teacher Preparation Program (ETPP) or the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program (STPP) are eligible for licensure in North Carolina and in most other states through reciprocity. The following steps outline the process of applying for admission to ETPP or STPP:

  1. Speak with your faculty advisor/s concerning your academic and career interests. Members of the Education faculty are also available for conferences.
  2. Come by the Program in Education Office to obtain information and/or explore the Program in Education web site (educationprogram.duke.edu). Review the information carefully to determine if you wish to apply.
  3. Set up an individual conference to discuss your interests: for ETPP, you may contact Dr. Jan Riggsbee at 919- 660-3075; or for STPP, you may contact Dr. Martin Smith at 919-660-3081. During this conference you can discuss the program requirements, goals of the program, and application process.
  4. Applicants to either the ETPP or STPP must complete a written application. Applications can be found at the Program in Education web site and in the Education office. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and as space allows. Because enrollment is limited, you are encouraged to apply in the spring of the sophomore year. The application process requires that you provide (1) a letter of recommendation from a faculty member with whom you have taken a course, (2) a copy of your Long-Range Plan, and (3) an official copy of your Duke transcript.
  5. 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.
  6. After your interview, you will be notified whether you have been accepted as a candidate for teacher licensure. Accepted candidates are assigned a Teacher Preparation Program advisor with whom they meet each semester to discuss their progress.
  7. If applicable, candidates will take and meet NC minimum score requirements for Praxis I (Pre-professional Skills Tests): Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (requirement is waived if student has earned a minimum of 1100 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT). This exam is required by the state of North Carolina for all students enrolled in teacher preparation programs.

NOTE: Interested applications are encouraged to apply by the end of their sophomore year. Because enrollment is limited, you are encouraged to apply early.

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).