If you have any questions about your Praxis exam or this process, reach out to a TEACH Kansas City application coach or teacher preparation program staff for support. We’re here for you.
Here's a bit of background on Praxis and your requirements for taking the right exams.
Praxis assessments evaluate your knowledge of teaching and the subject area you wish to teach. They’re required as part of your teacher preparation programs (TPPs) in Kansas, including:
Here at TEACH.org, we do our best to keep all information updated, but because certification requirements are regularly reviewed and revised, it is best to confirm requirements with your teacher preparation program and the Kansas Department of Education before you apply.
Our advice? Don't overthink it—just follow the steps below.
The right Praxis exam for you depends on your program and teaching interests.
In Kansas, teachers are awarded certification that allows them to teach a specific set of grades and subjects. Which tests you'll take depends upon the specific grades and the subject you want to teach. When you take the test depends upon the requirements of the teacher preparation program.
Everyone needs to take the initial Praxis “Principles of Learning and Teaching” exam for their grade level. This exam will measure your knowledge and understanding of educational practices foundational to beginning a career as a professional educator.
In Kansas, you must also take the appropriate Praxis content area assessment for each area of license you seek.
If you are still exploring which grades and subject you want to teach. You can find a comprehensive list of certification areas and endorsements on our About Certification page. The Kansas Praxis site details the specific Praxis exams you'll need based on your chosen endorsements.
All teacher preparation programs require that you pass the content exam at some point.
For undergraduate programs, you’ll usually take the Praxis exams in your final year. For graduate programs, each program will determine when you are required to pass the Praxis exams, typically after the program begins.
There are things you can do to prepare for your test that apply to all subjects. There are also more specific study guides available based on the subject area and grade levels you’re interested in. We cover them both.
Remember: You’re taking this test for a reason. You want to become a teacher in a specific subject, and this is your chance to prove it. Take the time necessary to truly understand the information. You’ll thank yourself for it (and your students will thank you, too).
We recommend a two-pronged approach to structuring your study time:
Not all subject area tests are offered on a continuous basis. Some, including the English Language Arts test, are offered only in specific administration windows.
Once you gain a baseline understanding of a subject area, taking practice tests might be your best way to prepare for a Praxis exam. There are a number of options available from test-makers directly, and some third-party services have come up with options, too.
There are a number of free and paid options for getting prepped for your Praxis exam.
Register for the right exam, know what to expect on test day, and report your scores on time.
Once you know which exam you’re taking, head over to the online registration system for Praxis.
You’ve settled on a content area, verified which test is required for your program application, studied hard, and now you’re ready to take the Praxis.
Make sure you:
See Praxis’ On Test Day page for the nitty-gritty.
Find out how you did—and make sure your program does, too!
Paper scores are so yesterday. Get yours online.
Generally, you will report your scores on your online application itself. (Your checklist has a step for this!)
In some cases, submitting your “score report” will be part of the required paperwork during a program’s onboarding process.