All teacher education programs at UCA include a set of program admission requirements. A middle level education major at UCA should begin working toward Level 1 admission as soon as he/she is enrolled in courses at the university. It is important for students to achieve Level 1 admission prior to Year 3 (see Middle Level Degree Options page) since several courses included in Year 3 require Level 1 admission for registration. Follow the link below to learn more about Level 1 admission.
CORE: Beginning teachers in all content areas must pass all three Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests. Follow the link below to find information about the content of the three tests (click on the name of each exam highlighted in blue), test fees, test centers, test dates, and how to register for an exam.
PRAXIS II: In order to be certified as a middle level teacher in Arkansas and to complete a degree in middle level education at UCA, students must pass specific Praxis II content exams and a Praxis II pedagogy exam.
- Content Exams
At the end of Year 3 or near the start of Year 4, a middle level education student at UCA must take the Praxis II content exams that match the two subject areas he/she chose when selecting a degree track. (See Middle Level Degree Options page.)
In order to begin Internship II, a student must submit passing Praxis II content exam scores for both subjects in his/her degree plan. For example, a UCA Middle Level Mathematics + Language Arts major must submit passing scores for both the Middle School Mathematics exam and Middle School English Language Arts exam prior to the start of Internship II.
Follow the link below for information about these exams. Click on Middle School Education. Click the test names to learn specifics about each exam.
- Pedagogy Exam (Principles of Learning & Teaching)
In order to graduate and to be eligible for certification, a student must submit passing scores for the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching exam (PLT). UCA middle level education students are encouraged to take the PLT just prior to or within the first two months of the Internship II semester. Submission of passing scores for the PLT are NOT required to begin Internship II but ARE required for graduation and certification.
Follow the link below for information about this exam. Click on Middle School Education. Click on Principles of Learning and Teaching (Grades 5-9).