Testing Information


All Luther students must complete the Iowa testing requirements to be considered a program “completer” and therefore eligible for licensure in any state.


Luther TEP “Completer”

“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:


Entrance Test Requirements: Application to TEP

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
Reading 5712 156
Writing 5722 162
Math 5732 150

Students are responsible for downloading their score reports approximately one month after the testing date.  Score reports are not mailed out by ETS.


Application to TEP

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.


Test for Completion and Licensure

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:

  • All Elementary students must take (PLT): K-6.
  • All Secondary students must take (PLT): 7-12.
  • K-12 (music, art, HPE) may take any ONE of the three PLT tests, but we recommend (PLT): 7-12.

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.

  1. Scroll down to find your endorsement area (e.g. 120 - 5-12 English/Language Arts, 138 - 5-12 Health).
  2. Note: the left column is the state number and name of each endorsement; the middle column is the name and number of the required test associated with the endorsement; and the right column is the minimum score needed to be achieved.
  3. Write down the name and number of the test you must take.  You will need this when you go to the ETS site to register.  Be sure to take the test listed on our website.  There are different versions of some content knowledge tests; to be a completer of our program, you must take the test with the number on the chart below.

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.

  • HPE students must take the “health” and the “PE” test.  These are two separate tests.
  • Elementary, Secondary, and K-12 "completers" majoring in a content area in which they expect to teach are required to take the content knowledge test for each of the content areas they intend to teach.  See Jennifer Olufsen or Jeannette Pillsbury if you have a question about this requirement.
  • Elementary "completers" take one content knowledge test for Elementary licensure.  This test assesses English, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.
  • Elementary "completers" getting an academic endorsement are not required to take a content knowledge test for the content area of the endorsement.   See below for Middle Level Learner.
  • To be a "completer", no test is required for the Reading or for Instructional Strategist II endorsements.
  • Elementary, Secondary, and K-12 completers who are seeking an endorsement in “Middle Level Learner” or “English as a Second Language” are required to take an additional Praxis II content knowledge test.  (Contact Jennifer Olufsen or Jeannette Pillsbury if you have questions about this.)

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 ascompleter” 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.