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Table 3.1. Test requirements for initial certification of elementary and secondary teachers, by type of test and state: 2015 and 2016

State Type of test, 2015   Type of test, 2016
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 40 43 26 26   39 46   26 25
                     
Alabama2 Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes   Yes Yes
Alaska Yes No No No   Yes Yes   No No
Arizona No Yes Yes No   No Yes   Yes No
Arkansas Yes Yes Yes No   Yes Yes   Yes No
California Yes No Yes   Yes 3 No Yes
                     
Colorado No Yes No No   No Yes   No No
Connecticut Yes Yes   Yes Yes 4 No No
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 Yes
Hawaii Yes Yes No No   Yes Yes   No No
Idaho No Yes No Yes   No Yes   No Yes
Illinois Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes   Yes Yes
Indiana Yes Yes No Yes    
                     
Iowa No Yes Yes 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   Yes Yes   Yes No
                     
Maryland Yes Yes Yes No   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   Yes Yes   Yes Yes
                     
Missouri Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes   Yes Yes
Montana No No No No   No Yes   No No
Nebraska Yes No No No   Yes Yes   No No
Nevada Yes Yes No No   Yes Yes   No No
New Hampshire Yes Yes No No   Yes Yes   No No
                     
New Jersey Yes Yes No No   Yes Yes   No No
New Mexico Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes   Yes Yes
New York Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes   Yes Yes
North Carolina Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes   Yes Yes
North Dakota Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes   Yes Yes
                     
Ohio No Yes Yes Yes   No Yes   Yes Yes
Oklahoma    
Oregon Yes Yes No Yes   No Yes   No Yes
Pennsylvania Yes Yes No Yes   Yes Yes   No Yes
Rhode Island Yes Yes 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 No
Tennessee Yes Yes Yes No   Yes Yes   Yes No
Texas Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes   Yes Yes
Utah No Yes No Yes   Yes Yes   No Yes
                     
Vermont Yes No 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 Yes   Yes Yes   No Yes
Wyoming No No No 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 (administered by ACT) in mathematics, reading and writing. For almost all teaching fields, a passing score on the designated content knowledge test (administered by Educational Testing Service) 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 9, 2016, from http://www.nasdtec.net. Data Source.