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Licensure Exams

Please note - exam requirements have changed at the state level:

  • The Colorado State Board of Education voted unanimously, at their June 2016 State Board of Education meeting, to adopt the Praxis exam series for Colorado's endorsement areas.
  • The newly adopted Praxis exams will be available to be taken in Colorado after September 1, 2016.    
  • For all students who met the old exam requirement by completing the PLACE exam, your test results will be valid until May 6th, 2022.


All teacher licensure candidates at MSU Denver must pass the required licensure exam(s) before they can apply for student teaching/residency.
  Passing scores on the required licensure exams are also required for teacher candidates to apply for their teaching license through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  Please be aware that some licensure areas require multiple exams. For more information on the exams required by CDE, please visit the Colorado Praxis website


Praxis offers the following accommodations and general preparation materials.  Preparation materials specific to the individual exams can be found in the expandable sections below. 


Review the exam requirements for your licensure area below before registering for an exam. 

Exam Details and Study Resources (for Undergraduate/Post-Bac Students):


Licensure AreaRequired Praxis Exam(s)Passing Score
Early Childhood Education  Education of Young Children (Exam #5024) 160

In addition to the required ECE exam above, the MSU Denver ECE faculty highly recommends the following Elementary exam as well.  Please see an ECE advisor if you have any questions.  

Licensure AreaRecommended Praxis Exam(s)Passing Score
Early Childhood Education Elementary Education (Exam #5001)*

Reading (Exam #5002): 157

Math (Exam #5003): 157

Social Studies (Exam #5004): 155

Science (Exam #5005): 159

*Exam #5001 combines subtests #5002, #5003, #5004, and #5005


Recommended Study Materials:

Licensure AreaRequired Praxis Exam(s)Passing Score
Elementary Education Elementary Education (Exam #5001)*

Reading (Exam #5002): 157

Math (Exam #5003): 157

Social Studies (Exam #5004): 155

Science (Exam #5005): 159

*Exam #5001 combines subtests #5002, #5003, #5004, and #5005


Recommended Study Materials:

Licensure AreaRequired Praxis Exam(s)Passing Score
Special Education Elementary Education (Exam #5001)*

Reading (Exam #5002): 157

Math (Exam #5003): 157

Social Studies (Exam #5004): 155

Science (Exam #5005): 159

  Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (Exam #5354) 151

*Exam #5001 combines subtests #5002, #5003, #5004, and #5005


Recommended Study Materials:

Secondary Programs:

Licensure AreaRequired Praxis Exam(s)Passing Score
English English Language Arts Grades 7-12 (Exam #5038)

167

Math Mathematics Grades 7-12 (Exam #5161) 152
Science Science Grades 7-12 (Exam #5435) 152
Social Studies Social Studies Grades 7-12 (Exam #5081) 150

K-12 Programs:

Licensure AreaRequired Praxis Exam(s)Passing Score
Art Visual Arts Grades K-12 (Exam #5135)

158

French World Languages Grades K-12: French (Exam #5174) 162
German World Languages Grades K-12: German (Exam #5183) 163
Music Music Grades K-12 (Exam #5113) 161
Physical Education Physical Education Grades K-12 (Exam #5091) 148
Spanish World Languages Grades K-12: Spanish (Exam #5195) 163

 

Recommended Secondary Education Exam Study Materials:

 

Recommended K-12 Education Exam Study Materials:

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