Before you may student teach, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in your major or pass a subject area test.  The applicable tests are listed below and on the DPI website.  Plan to take this test no later than March of the year before student teaching (register at least a month in advance).  It can take up to six weeks for your scores to reach Lawrence, and official scores from ETS Praxis or ACTFL must be on file before you may begin.

Test information is available from Carol Marx in the Education Department office (Briggs 117, 7:30-11:30 a.m.).  For Praxis II, check the ETS Praxis website for test centers, dates, and registration (the nearest test center is UW-Oshkosh).  For ACTFL, contact the chair of the Education Department to arrange the oral interview and writing proficiency test.  Be sure to request that your scores be reported to Lawrence University to avoid a delay and additional score reporting fee.

As of 2017, each Praxis II test costs $120.

Subject Area Test Passing Score
Elementary Praxis II - Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5018) & 157
  Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) 240
English Praxis II - English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) 167
Social Studies Praxis II - Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081) 153
Mathematics Praxis II - Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161) 160
Science Praxis II - General Science: Content Knowledge (5435) 154
Computer Science See Education Department chair
Art Praxis II - Art: Content Knowledge (5134) 158
Music Praxis II - Music: Content Knowledge (5113) 150
Theatre Praxis II - Theatre (5641) 157
World Languages

ACTFL oral proficiency interview and writing proficiency test (contact the Education Department chair to arrange for these tests)

Intermediate High
ESL Praxis II - English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362) 149


Some subjects are covered by broad tests, which means that you'll need to brush up on topics outside your major.  For example, the social studies test asks about U.S. history, world history, government, geography, economics, and psychology, and the science test asks about the scientific method, physical sciences, life sciences, earth sciences, and technology.  A list of Wisconsin's required Praxis II tests and qualifying scores can be found on the ETS website at Wisconsin: Praxis Test Requirements.

If you do not pass, you may retake the test as many times as necessary to receive a passing score. You must pass the subject area test or have a major GPA of 3.0 before you may begin student teaching; there are no exceptions to this policy.

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