MD BA Special Education/Elementary Education Certification and Exam Requirements

Maryland BA Special Education/ Elementary Education Certification and Exam Requirements

In Maryland, this program leads to certifications in Elementary Education Grades 1-6 ,Special Education 1-8 and 6-12.

Elementary Education/ Special Education Exams and Requirements:


Exam Requirement Note
Elementary Education Content Exam For test dates 6/30/2018 or before:

Praxis 5019: Elementary Education, Instructional Practice and Applications


For test dates 7/1/2018 or after:

Praxis 7801: Elementary Education, Content Knowledge for Teaching

Passing Praxis 5019 scores obtained on or before 6/30/2018 may be used to meet the content exam requirement for Maryland licensure until 6/30/2020. 


Any application submitted on or after 7/1/2020 must include a passing Praxis 7801 score report.


No Praxis 5019 achieved on or after 7/1/2018 may be accepted.


This exam is required for graduation and to be recommended for licensure.

Special Education Content Exam Praxis 5354: Special Education, Core knowledge and Applications This exam is required for graduation and to be recommended for certification.
Elementary Pedagogy Exam

Praxis 5622: Principles of Learning and Teaching, Grades K–6


Praxis 5203: Teaching Reading, Elementary Education*

*if passed prior to 9/1/2019. After 9/1/2019, applicants must pass the Praxis 5205: Teaching Reading, Elementary.

These exams are required to be recommended for certification.
WGU Program Requirement Praxis 5543: Special Education, Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications

Required to be passed before graduation for students who matriculated on or after 9/1/2011 .


NoteEffective 7/1/2019, if you completed edTPA during the demonstration teaching portion of your WGU teacher preparation program, then you do not need to pass Praxis 5622, Principles of Learning and Teaching: Elementary Education. If you did not complete edTPA, then you will need to pass Praxis 5622 to be eligible for licensure recommendation in Maryland.


Visit these links for more important information:

General Information About Licensing in Maryland
Registering for Praxis Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU
Applying for your Maryland Teaching License





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