WHICH TESTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

Candidates need to pass TWO TESTS: a pedagogy test and a content test.

Pedagogy Test: Every candidate will be required to pass a pedagogy test.  This test assesses candidates’ knowledge about teaching and student learning.  Candidates should take the test that most closely aligns with their major teaching endorsement grade level.  If a candidate is seeking licensure at the K-8 and the 5-12 level, as many art, music, and PE candidates do, the candidate may choose either the elementary or the secondary grade level test.

The chart below shows the pedagogy tests selected by the state.  They are tests in the PRAXIS II series published by Educational Testing Service (ETS).   The passing cut scores for candidates in Iowa are listed next to each test.

Test Name and Number

Iowa Passing Score

 

 

Which Test to Take

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): Grades K-6  #0622/5622

165

· Elementary Education majors take this test.

· Those seeking K-12 endorsements may take this test or the secondary level test.

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): Grades 7-12 #0624/5624

162

· Secondary Education candidates take this test.

· Those seeking K-12 endorsement may take this test or the elementary level test.


Content Knowledge Test: Every candidate will also be required to pass a content knowledge test.  This test assesses candidates’ knowledge about the content they will be endorsed to teach.  

The chart below shows the content knowledge tests selected by the state for the endorsements offered at Simpson College.  They are tests in the PRAXIS II series published by Educational Testing Service (ETS).   The passing cut scores for candidates in Iowa are listed next to each test.

Iowa Endorsement Numbers and Areas

Praxis Content Knowledge Tests

Iowa Passing Score

102 - Teacher Elem Classroom-K-6

Elementary Ed: Content Knowledge 5014/0014

151

113 - Art-K-8

Art: Content and Analysis 0135

154

114 - Art-5-12

Art: Content and Analysis 0135

154

119 - English/Language Arts-K-8

Middle School: English Language Arts 0049/5049

161

120 - English/Language Arts-5-12

English Language Literature and Composition: Content and Analysis 0044/5044

165

123 - French-K-8

French: World Language 5174

153

124 - French-5-12

French: World Language 5174

153

125 - German-K-8

German: World Language 5183

155

126 - German-5-12

German: World Language 5183

155

133 - Spanish-K-8

Spanish: World Language 5195

153

134 - Spanish-5-12

Spanish: World Language 5195

153

137 - Health-K-8

Health Education 0550/5550

640

138 - Health-5-12

Health Education 0550/5550

640

141 - Journalism-5-12

 Journalism 0223

*

142 - Mathematics-K-8

Middle School: Mathematics 0069

151

143 - Mathematics-5-12

Mathematics: Content Knowledge 0061/5061

125

144 - Music-K-8

Music: Content and Instruction 0114

162

Iowa Endorsement Numbers and Areas

Praxis Content Knowledge Tests

Iowa Passing Score

145 - Music-5-12

Music: Content and Instruction (0114)

162

146 - Physical Education-K-8

Physical Education: Content and Design 0095/5095

159

147 - Physical Education-5-12

Physical Education: Content and Design 0095/5095

159

148 - Reading-K-8

Teaching Reading 0204/5204

163

150 - Science-Basic-K-8

Middle School: Science 0439

146

151 - Biology-5-12

Biology: Content Knowledge 0235/5235

149

152 - Chemistry-5-12

Chemistry: Content Knowledge 0245/5245

141

154 - General Science-5-12

General Science: Content Knowledge 0435/5435

149

156 - Physics-5-12

Physics: Content Knowledge 0265/5265

127

157 - American Government-5-12

Government/Political Science 0931

149

158 - American History-5-12

World and US History: Content Knowledge 0941/5941

147

159 - Anthropology-5-12

Social Sciences: Content Knowledge 0951

147

160 - Economics-5-12

Economics 0911

150

162 - History-K-8

Middle School: Social Studies 0089/5089

152

163 - Psychology-5-12

Psychology 0390

590

164 - Social Studies-K-8

Middle School: Social Studies 0089/5089

152

165 - Sociology-5-12

Sociology 0950

650

166 - World History-5-12

World and US History: Content Knowledge 0941/5941

147

167 - Speech Comm/Theatre-K-8

Speech Communication 0221 or Theater 0641

152 / 162

168 - Speech Comm/Theatre-5-12

Speech Communication 0221 or Theater 0641

152 / 162

1171 - Business - All - 5-12

Business Education 0101/5101

165

*Cut scores have not been determined for these revised tests at this time.

For more specific information about each test, please see:

http://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials