Teaching Fellows Program
Teaching Fellows Program

Information for Current Students

Helpful Information about Praxis I

PRAXIS 1 is often referred to as PPST (paper-based) or C-PPST (computer-based).
There are two ways to take the PRAXIS I: Computer-Based and Paper-Based.
There are three required sections in the PRAXIS I: Reading, Writing, and Math
Required passing scores are: Reading = 176 , Mathematics = 173, Writing = 173, or combined
Score of 522
Allow 4-6 weeks (minimum) for official test scores to arrive at the Watson School of Education.
Students must request that UNCW be listed as a score recipient.
Current students should plan to take the PRAXIS I before the end of first semester sophomore year.
Transfer students should plan to take the PRAXIS I prior to enrolling at UNCW or early in the first
semester at UNCW.

Praxis registration information: Contact UNCW’s Testing Center to register, 962-7444 or www.ets.org/praxis

SAT or ACT Score Exemption Policy

Students with an SAT score of 1100 or higher (Math + Verbal) are exempt from the Praxis I exam. The
Writing SAT score is not counted in the total of 1100 needed for exemption. Students with SAT scores of
less than 1100, but with SAT scores of 550 or higher on Verbal are exempt from Praxis I Reading and
Writing, SAT of 550 or higher on Math are exempt from Praxis I Math.
Students with an ACT composite score of 24 or higher are exempt from the Praxis I exam. Students with
a composite score of less than 24, but with a score of at least 24 on the English test are exempt form the
Praxis I Reading and Writing, ACT of at least 24 on the Math test are exempt from the Praxis I Math.
Students are required to provide the Watson School of Education Associate Dean’s Office with official
SAT or ACT scores.


Students seeking to be admitted in the end of Fall semester:

Praxis I by October 15

WSE Application by December 1

Requirements for Watson School of Education

Students must be admitted into the WSE in order to take courses numbered above EDN/SED 303. To be admitted to the WSE and Teacher Education Program, students must meet the following requirements:

Background Check Requirement for Education Students

All students completing degree or non-degree programs leading to NC teacher licensure must complete a formal criminal background check as they enter education coursework and again as they begin the student-teaching internship semester. In addition, any UNCW student completing education coursework requiring field experience in a public school setting must complete the background check.

The Watson School has arranged for Certiphi, Inc. to complete a local, state and federal background check.  Failure to complete the background check will prohibit you from taking any education coursework in which field experience is required.  As the majority of education courses require fieldwork, completion of the check is critical and we will only accept the background checks run by Certiphi, Inc.

All completed background checks will be automatically transmitted to my office. There will be no need for you to print or submit a hard copy. The background checks will be reviewed thoroughly and if any offenses appear which might jeopardize your eligibility for a NC teaching license, we will contact you for a meeting to discuss the concerns.

Failure to complete the background check prior to the start of the academic semester will result in you being dropped from all education courses requiring fieldwork.


Effective for students seeking licensure for grades 9-12 entering UNCW in fall, 2009 or later:
Admission to the WSE will require successful completion of SEC 200, SEC 210, and SEC 220 with a grade of “C” or better. This is in lieu of EDN/EDNL 200.  All other requirements will remain as stated above.

For more information about requirements for the Watson School of Education please visit http://www.uncw.edu/ed/requirements.html