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Secondary Science Education University Delaware Praxis

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Requirements for student teaching and licensure

There are two Praxis tests required in biology, chemistry, earth science and physics education. The first one is the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. Students must complete this test by March 15 of their junior year and have a passing score in all three areas: math, reading and writing. Students may be exempt from the reading and math tests based on SAT​ or GRE scores.

The Praxis Subject Assessment is the content exam. These exams can be taken online or in person. You are responsible for scheduling these exams and meeting the passing score which is set by Delaware’s Department of Education. You must pass the exam to qualify for student teaching.​ Failure to meet the pass score will prevent you from moving along in the program. ​

In addition to the Praxis tests, the Delaware Department of Education requires that each student pass a performance assessment portfolio which is evaluated by an external agency.  Students in the science education program must use edTPA to complete this requirement. ​

This page contains information about both tests and the portfolio submission. For specific information about student teaching please see the Student Teaching​ section of this site.

Specifics about the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Effective June 1, 2014, all candidates in a teacher education program must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in reading, writing, and mathematics upon​ completion of 60-credit hours and/or prior to admission to upper-level education courses. The passing scores are listed below.

​​Test
Reading
Mathematics
Writing
Computer Code
5712
5732
5722
 DE Passing Score
156
150
162
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Exemptions from the test

Students who earn SAT or GRE scores at or above the following levels established by the State of Delaware are exempt from taking the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in reading and mathematics:

  • SAT verbal score at or above 560 – exemption from the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in reading.
  • SAT mathematics score at or above 540 – exemption from the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in mathematics.​
  • GRE General Test Verbal at or above 490 – exemption from the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in reading.
  • GRE Revised General Test Verbal at or above 152 – exemption from the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in reading.
  • GRE General Test Quantitative at or above 540 – exemption from the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in mathematics.
  • GRE Revised General Test Quantitative at or above 145 – exemption from the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in mathematics.

All students must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test in writing; there is no exemption for this test. In addition, the University of Delaware does not accept the State of Delaware's passing composite score in lieu of candidates' achieving passing scores on each of the three areas: reading, mathematics or writing.​

Study guides for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (5712, 5722, 5732) are available for checkout. Please contact:​​

Christine H. McBride, MS, MSLIS
Education Resource Center
University of Delaware
16 W. Main Street, Room 012
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-8148
​http://www.erc.udel.edu

Applying for certification

When applying for certification in Delaware and in other states, which may allow similar exemptions, students will need to contact the College Board to request official copies of their SAT scores be sent to the Delaware Department of Education or departments of education in other states.

Specifics about the Praxis Subject Assessments Tests

Prior to student teaching, all candidates must pass the Praxis Subject Assessment in their area(s) of certification as required by the State of Delaware. Information about the Praxis test (including the codes for which tests to take) is available at www.ets.org/praxis/de.

There are online testing resources available through UDLib Search. Go to http://udlibsearch.lib.udel.edu and create an account. Select High School Databases on the left, then Testing and Ed​.

Specifics about teaching portfolios

As of July 2016, the state of Delaware Department of Education requires that each student wanting licensure to teach in the state of Delaware will have to submit a portfolio to an external assessment agency.  The science education faculty at the University of Delaware chose ed​TPA as its agency.

The SCEN 491 class is scheduled each fall for students who have qualified to advance to professional year and student teaching. In this class students will begin the process of preparing documents and collecting data needed for edTPA. 

In the spring during student teaching, students will collect data, film their teaching student experiences and write the assessments that are submitted to edTPA.

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  • 77 Main Street
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2793
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