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Table 3.1. Test requirements for initial certification of elementary and secondary teachers, by type of test and state: 2014 and 2015

State Type of test, 2014   Type of test, 2015  
Basic
skills
exam
Subject-
matter
exam
Knowledge
of teaching
exam
Assessment
of teaching
performance
  Basic
skills
exam
Subject-
matter
exam
Knowledge
of teaching
exam
Assessment
of teaching
performance
 
United States1 32 38 21 22   40 43 26 26  
                     
Alabama2 Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Alaska Yes No No No   Yes No No No  
Arizona No Yes Yes No   No Yes Yes No  
Arkansas Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes No  
California3 Yes No Yes   Yes No Yes  
                     
Colorado No Yes No No   No Yes No No  
Connecticut4 Yes Yes   Yes Yes  
Delaware Yes Yes No No   Yes Yes No No  
District of Columbia Yes Yes Yes No   Yes Yes Yes No  
Florida Yes No No Yes   Yes No No Yes  
                     
Georgia Yes Yes No No   Yes Yes No No  
Hawaii Yes Yes No   Yes Yes No No  
Idaho No Yes No Yes   No Yes No Yes  
Illinois Yes Yes Yes No   Yes Yes Yes Yes 5
Indiana Yes Yes No Yes   Yes Yes No Yes  
                     
Iowa No No No No   No Yes Yes No  
Kansas No Yes Yes No   No Yes Yes No  
Kentucky Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Louisiana Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Maine   Yes Yes Yes No  
                     
Maryland Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes No  
Massachusetts Yes Yes No Yes   Yes Yes No Yes  
Michigan Yes Yes No Yes   Yes Yes No Yes  
Minnesota Yes Yes Yes No   Yes Yes Yes No  
Mississippi   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
                     
Missouri Yes Yes No Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Montana No No No No   No No No No  
Nebraska Yes No No No   Yes No No No  
Nevada Yes   Yes Yes No No  
New Hampshire Yes Yes No No   Yes Yes No No  
                     
New Jersey   Yes Yes No No  
New Mexico Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
New York No Yes Yes No   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
North Carolina   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
North Dakota Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
                     
Ohio No Yes Yes Yes   No Yes Yes Yes  
Oklahoma    
Oregon Yes Yes No Yes   Yes Yes No Yes  
Pennsylvania Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes No Yes  
Rhode Island No No Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
                     
South Carolina No Yes Yes No   No Yes Yes No  
South Dakota Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Tennessee Yes Yes Yes No   Yes Yes Yes No  
Texas Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Utah No Yes No Yes   No Yes No Yes  
                     
Vermont Yes Yes No No   Yes No No No  
Virginia Yes Yes Yes No   Yes Yes Yes No  
Washington Yes Yes No Yes   Yes Yes No Yes  
West Virginia Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Wisconsin Yes Yes No No   Yes Yes No Yes  
Wyoming No   No No No No  
— Not available.
1 National total reflects the number of "Yes" responses for each column.
2 All applicants for initial Alabama certification must document passing scores on three basic skills assessments in mathematics, reading and writing. For almost all teaching fields, a passing score on the designated content knowledge test is required for initial certification.
3 California accepts college course work or exam for the single subject credential only; the multiple subject credential requires a subject matter examination.
4 In Connecticut, subject matter exams are required for persons seeking certification in the following areas: Biology, business education, chemistry, Earth science, elementary education, English, French, general science, German, health education, Italian, family and consumer sciences, mathematics, music, physical education, physics, Russian, social studies, Spanish, special education, and technology education. Knowledge of teaching exams are required for elementary education.
5 Beginning September 1, 2015, Illinois will require an assessment of teaching performance.
SOURCE: National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), NASDTEC Knowledgebase, retrieved June 29, 2015, from http://www.nasdtec.net.

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