All Luther students must complete the Iowa testing requirements to be considered a program “completer” and therefore eligible for licensure in any state.
“Completers” of our TEP qualify for an Iowa teaching license and will find it easier to get a teaching license in another state. States grant a “provisional license” to all new teachers. If the state licensure requirements include coursework not required by the Luther TEP, as a “completer” of our TEP and with a provisional license in that state, often you will have one to two years to complete those additional requirements.
To be a “completer,” you must complete the testing requirements noted below:
Luther College Teacher Education Program offers two options for the TEP entrance test: MTLE OR PRAXIS Core. If you are uncertain where you plan to be a licensed teacher, choose the PRAXIS Core.
Students planning to teach in the State of Minnesota after completion of the Luther Teacher Education Program [TEP] should register for the MTLE Basic Skills test. Luther College will accept the MTLE passing scores that are equal to the State of MN passing scores.
All Others—NON-Minnesota bound students register for the Praxis Core on the ETS website.
Note: The registration deadline is approximately one month before the testing date. You must take the test at a “testing center” on a computer. You may take the Computerized PRAXIS Core only once per calendar month, and no more than 6 times within a 12-month period.
You may register to take all three Praxis Core subtests at one time using test #5751. If you need to take each subtest individually, that is, not on the same date, register for each test separately using the subtest numbers noted below. Luther College now offers electronically-delivered (computer) Praxis tests.
|Praxis Core subject area||Subtest #||Passing score|
Students are responsible for downloading their score reports approximately one month after the testing date. Score reports are not mailed out by ETS.
A passing score report must be in your Luther Education Department student file in order to apply for the Teacher Education Program. You must submit a PDF or hard copy of the official score report to Renee Gunderson in the Education Office. The paperwork must show all three subtest scores. Please include the subtest report, too.
Important: All students must be approved to the Teacher Education Program to register for any Education courses at the 300 or above level.
All Luther TEP completers must take the Praxis II Content Area and Pedagogy tests. Scroll down to see which other tests are required to be a Luther TEP completer; there are some additional endorsements that require an additional test related to that endorsement, but not all additional endorsements require an additional test.
Pedagogy Tests Required for All Licensure Areas
In general, test codes that begin with "5" are delivered in computer format (CDT); codes that begin with "0" are delivered on paper (PDT). Paper-delivered tests are being phased out.
Determine which pedagogy test you need to take. All of you need to take just one of these tests:
Information for Iowa from ETS site:
|Pedagogy Test||CDT Code/PDT Code||Qualifying Score Before 8/1/15
||Qualifying Score Beginning 8/1/15|
|Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) : K-6||5622||160||168|
|Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) : 5-9||5623||166||166|
|Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) : 7-12||5624||165||166|
Between 8/1/15 and 12/31/15, tests taken before 8/1/15 will be considered according to the before 8/1/15 expectation.
You must take this test and report the results to the Luther Education Department no later than June 15 immediately following your student teaching. We recommend you take the test just before or early enough in your student teaching year to secure a passing score report by the time you interview for teaching positions.
Determine which content knowledge test you need to take. All of you need to take a content knowledge test.
Be alert to the following information:
If you will be licensed to teach in more than one area, you must take a content knowledge test for each area.
Content Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas
Iowa Endorsement Numbers/Areas
Praxis Content Knowledge Tests
[Note the test # following the test name.]
Minimum Score As of
Minimum Score As of
|102 - Teacher Elem Classroom K-6||Elementary Ed: Content Knowledge 5014-discontinued||152-through 6/30/16||NA|
|102 - Teacher Elem Classroom K-6||Elementary Ed: Content Knowledge 5018||Beginning 8/1/15||157|
|104 - K-12 English as a Second Language||English to Speakers of Other Languages 5361||148||148|
|114 - Art 5-12
(for all entry-level K-12 art teachers)
|Art: Content and Analysis 5135||157||154|
|120 - English/Language Arts 5-12||English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039||166||165|
|124 - French-5-12||French: World Language 5174||155||156|
|126 - German-5-12||German: World Language 5183||154||154|
|134 - Spanish-5-12||Spanish: World Language 5195||153||153|
|138 - Health-5-12
(for all K-12 health teachers)
|Health Education 5551||158||157|
|143 - Mathematics-5-12||Mathematics: Content Knowledge 5161||134||132|
|1821 – Middle School English Language Arts||Middle School: English Language Arts 5047 aligned w/several ELA professional standards||152||153|
|1822 – Middle School Mathematics||Middle School Mathematics 5169 (On-screen graphing calculator provided)||151||151|
|1823 – Middle School Science||Middle School Science 5440||150*||137|
|1824 – Middle School Social Studies||Middle School: Social Studies 5089||153||153|
|145 - Music-5-12
(K-12 music in general, instrumental, and vocal music education)
|Music: Content Knowledge 5113||158||159|
|147 - Physical Education-5-12
(for all K-12 PE teachers)
|Physical Education: Content and Design 5095||160||160|
|151 - Biology 5-12||Biology: Content Knowledge 5235||149||149|
|152 - Chemistry 5-12||Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245||142||142|
|156 - Physics 5-12||Physics: Content Knowledge 5265||129||130|
|157 - American Government 5-12||Government/Political Science 5931||149||150|
|158 - American History 5-12||World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941||147||148|
|160 - Economics 5-12||Economics 5911||131||134|
|163 - Psychology 5-12||Psychology 5391||160||153|
|165 - Sociology 5-12||Sociology 5952||154||157|
|166 - World History 5-12||World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941||147||148|
|1171 - Business - All 5-12||Business Education 5101||164||163|
*These "passing scores" are found on the ets.org site, Praxis II "understanding the score."
Between 8/1/15 and 12/31/15, tests taken before 8/1/15will be considered according to the “before 8/1/15” expectation.
To go to the PRAXIS (ets.org) site, use this link: http://www.ets.org/praxis
For information about each test, at the left find “Quick Links” and go to “Prepare for the Tests.”
· At “Preparation Materials” at the center of the page, use the pull down menu to find the test you want.
Verify the test by checking the list above (name and number).
· At the site for your test, find “Study Companion (PDF).”
· Scroll through this document. Usually on p.11, the information specific to this test is found.
There are other links at “Preparation Materials.” Try them.
To “Register”, go to “Register for a Test” at the top of the page. Then find, at the center of the page, “Register online for a PRAXIS test!”
· Follow that link. “Sign In” or “Create Account.”
Do not leave this site until you have checked out the other links that might provide information you need, e.g. “Order score reports.”
Remember: NO LATER THAN June 15 of the school year you student taught, you must send our Education Office a copy of your official score report. Be sure we receive your subtest results as well as the composite score [send us all pages of the testing report].
If you intend to apply for a teaching license in a state other than Iowa, complete the Praxis II testing note above so that you can be documented as “completer” of the Luther TEP.
THEN, find out the testing requirements for the state to which you want to apply for a license, too. [Be alert to the additional requirements that state has. See the website for that state’s teacher licensure requirements.]
If you have questions, see Jennifer Olufsen or Jeannette Pillsbury.