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Table 3.1. Test requirements for initial certification of elementary and secondary teachers, by type of test and state: 2013 and 2014


State Type of test, 2013   Type of test, 2014
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   32 38 21 22
                   
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 Yes
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
Idaho No Yes No Yes   No Yes No Yes
Illinois Yes Yes Yes No   Yes Yes Yes No
Indiana Yes Yes No Yes   Yes Yes No Yes
                   
Iowa No No No No   No No No 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  
                   
Maryland Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes
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  
                   
Missouri Yes Yes No Yes   Yes Yes No Yes
Montana No No No No   No No No No
Nebraska Yes No No No   Yes No No No
Nevada Yes   Yes
New Hampshire Yes Yes No No   Yes Yes No No
                   
New Jersey  
New Mexico Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes
New York No Yes Yes No   No Yes Yes No
North Carolina  
North Dakota 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 Yes Yes
Rhode Island No No Yes Yes   No No 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 Yes 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 No
Wyoming 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.
SOURCE: National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), NASDTEC Knowledgebase, retrieved June 16, 2014, from http://www.nasdtec.net. Data Source.
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