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**PRAXIS Exam Policy: Secondary Mathematics**

This article provides a historical description of which exam policy was in effect depending on the time you matriculated (started your program), re-enrolled, or changed to a new program at WGU. __Note__: See the WGU Praxis Program/Graduation Requirements article for current policies on required exams, re-admission, minimum cut scores, test fees, registration, and submitting score reports to WGU.

**Current Exam Requirements:****Secondary Mathematics Exam Requirements**

There are two options available to meet the PRAXIS exam requirement for secondary mathematics programs:

1. Praxis 5161 Mathematics: Content Knowledge

2. Praxis 0061 (paper) or 5061 (computer), Mathematics: Content Knowledge

See this link for details on the Praxis 5161 exam.

See this link for details on the Praxis 0061/5061 exam.

**Middle School Mathematics Exam Requirements**

There are two options available to meet the PRAXIS exam requirement for middle grades mathematics programs:

1. Praxis 5169, Middle School Mathematics

2. Praxis 0069, Middle School Mathematics

See this link for details on the Praxis 5169 exam.

See this link for details on the Praxis 0069 exam.

Some states will *not* allow a "gentler” exam for middle-school teachers, so you might also have to take the Praxis 0061 or Praxis 5161 exam and/or the same state-designated exam that Secondary school teachers have to take, depending on the state in which you seek licensure.

**If you matriculated in 2007 or later:**

**Initial Licensure Programs for Secondary Mathematics: **Prior to entering Demonstration Teaching, you must attempt the PRAXIS 0061/5161 or the Praxis 5161 *and* the state-designated content test if such exists for your state. Prior to graduation you must pass the Praxis 0061/5061 or the Praxis 5161 *and* the state-designated content test if such exists in your state.

**Endorsement Programs for Secondary Mathematics: **Prior to graduation, you must pass the PRAXIS 0061/5061 or PRAXIS 5161.

**Initial Licensure Programs for Middle Grades Mathematics:**

__Note__: You should only be in a 5-9 program if your state allows initial middle school mathematics teacher licensure

Prior to entering Demonstration Teaching, you must pass either the PRAXIS 0069 or PRAXIS 5169 and the state-designated content test if such exists for your state. Prior to graduation you must pass the Praxis 0069 or the Praxis 5169 and the state-designated content test if such exists in your state.

**Endorsement Programs for Middle Grades Mathematics: **Prior to graduation, you must pass the PRAXIS 0069 or PRAXIS 5169 examination.

**Master of Arts in Mathematics Education, K-6: **There are no PRAXIS exam requirements for this degree.

**If you matriculated in 2005 or 2006:**

Graduation requirements are the PRAXIS *or* the state-designated exam appropriate to the grade-level of your program. In other words, you have a choice if your state has an alternate to the PRAXIS. However, if you are in an initial licensure program, to receive that license, you must *also* pass the state-designated content test if such exists for your state. Please note that this leads to an interesting case for licensure students, where you might be able to graduate from WGU but not receive a teaching license for your state. Be very careful!

**If you matriculated in 2004 or earlier:**

Graduation requirements are the PRAXIS, appropriate to the grade-level of your degree. That is, the Praxis 0061/5061 or Praxis 5161 for grades 5-12; or the Praxis 0069 or Praxis 5169 for grades 5-9. However, if you are in an initial licensure program, to receive that license, you must *also* pass the state-designated content test if such exists for your state. Please note that this leads to an interesting case for licensure students, where you might be able to graduate from WGU but not receive a teaching license for your state. Be very careful!

If you have questions about the math content exams required by your state for certification, please email the Licensure Office at licensure@wgu.edu.

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