Testing Information

Licensure Exam Requirement Changes for 2020-2021

Licensure Exams (Praxis II & NES) and Student Teaching Requirements

Given the uncertainties around COVID-19, access to online/F2F testing centers and additional stress that our students are facing,  the Reich College of Education will be waiving the Praxis II & NES licensure test requirements for student teaching for the 2020/2021 academic year only.  

Appalachian State University is waiving the requirement that student teachers have to take their Praxis II/NES licensure exam(s) in order to pass student teaching for the 2020-2021 academic year only.  This will provide flexibility for those of you who don't have access to an open testing center or who can't take your exam(s) online.  Please be aware that you will have to attempt your Praxis II/NES licensure exam(s) before the end of your first year of teaching and pass your licensure exam(s) by the end of your third year of teaching.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure that this is done.  


We encourage everyone who can take their exams to go ahead and do so.  That will be one less thing you will have to do as a first-year teacher.  Also, data has shown that the sooner individuals take their licensure exam(s), the higher the pass rate is on the first attempt. 

For additional questions, please contact Oana Devera (deveraoc@appstate.edu) or Michelle Hoag (licensure@appstate.edu)
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Please take a few moments to visit the Reich College of Education Forms, Resources & Testing information page to access the Reich College of Education Handbook and other resources. 

The James Center for Student Success and Advising is open and operating virtually from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

 

Praxis Core Testing

Praxis Core Test Takers can find guidance about their scheduled test date(s) using the following resources:

Contact one of the above resources PRIOR to your test date to get the most current and up-to-date information.


For information about the Praxis Core test, a requirement for admission to Teacher Education, please visit our Praxis Core page. 

edTPA

edTPA is a summative, performance-based assessment that is completed during student teaching.  It assesses a teacher candidate's ability to plan, teach, and assess a unit of instruction.  A passing score on edTPA will be required to receive a North Carolina teaching license starting in Fall 2019.

edTPA’s official website: www.edtpa.com

Have questions at edTPA? Contact the edTPA Help Desk at edtpa@appstate.edu.

Licensure Exams

All teacher education candidates must complete required licensure exams before they can be recommended for licensure (Professional Educator's Initial License). It is strongly recommended that candidates take their required licensure tests before their student teaching internship,  and tests must be taken before they complete student teaching. 

Most candidates will complete Praxis exams.

Elementary Education candidates must complete two tests prior to being recommended for licensure:

  • Pearson Test 203 - Mathematics Subtest OR Praxis Test 7803: CKT Math Subtest (effective until September 2020) OR Praxis Test 7813: CKT Math Subtest (effective beginning September 2019)
  • Pearson Test 090 - Foundations of Reading 

Special Education - General Curriculum candidates must complete three exams prior to being recommended for licensure:

  • Pearson Test 203 - Mathematics Subtest OR Praxis Test 7803: CKT Math Subtest (effective until September 2020) OR Praxis Test 7813: CKT Math Subtest (effective beginning September 2019)
  • Pearson Test 090 - Foundations of Reading 
  • Praxis 5543

Access this PDF for a listing of licensure tests required for each subject area: NC Teacher Licensure Testing Requirements 2019-20

Praxis II Resources

NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum Resources

Have questions about licensure? Visit the RCOE Licensure & Certification page.