A series of Praxis tests are required in the Teacher Education Program for successful completion of program and ultimately, to earn a teaching license. Students pursuing a teaching degree will need to pass the Pre-Professional Skills Exam (PPST) or Praxis I that measures academic skills in reading, writing and math, the Praxis II subject-specific content test in their teaching major, and the Praxis II, Principles of Learning (PLT) at pivotal points in their educational program.

Requirements, Information and Registration

Praxis Policy

  • Students will receive an email from the School of Education Dean’s office upon failing any PPST test the first time. This email will explain the resources available to help students succeed with their subsequent attempts.
  • A student who fails to meet the passing required score on any section (Reading, Writing or Math) of the PPST after three (3) attempts will not be eligible to apply to the Teacher Education Program.
  • A student may petition the School of Education Dean for an exemption to be allowed to take and submit a 4th set of PPST scores. Should the Dean grant an exception, the student will not be allowed more than four total attempts.

For more information contact:
Donna Tucker, Program Assistant
School of Education Student Services Rm 113
Email donna.tucker@usd.edu
Phone 605-677-5611
Fax 605-677-6071