Information on Teacher Education Program Testing Requirements
All undergraduate Teacher Education students must meet a testing requirement for admission to the program in South Carolina. Students may meet this requirement in any of the following ways:
||Minimum Score Required
ACT (writing section not required)
SAT (taken prior to March 2005)
Verbal + Math = 1100
SAT I (taken prior to March 2016)
Verbal + Math + Writing = 1650
||The South Carolina Department of Education has not yet set the new cutoff score.
PRAXIS I (taken prior to Sept. 2014)
Reading = 175 Writing = 173 Math = 172
||Reading = 156 Writing = 162 Math = 150
Students who do not already meet the admissions testing requirement through the ACT or SAT as listed above are encouraged to take (or retake) the ACT, SAT I, or PRAXIS Core as early as possible in their undergraduate career. Admission to the Teacher Education Program is dependent on meeting the minimum score required on ONE of the tests listed above. These testing requirements will also apply for recipients of the South Carolina Teachers Loan. There are no exceptions to these policies.
To register for the ACT, please visit www.actstudent.org. (writing section not required)
To register for the SAT, please visit www.collegeboard.com.
PRAXIS Core and PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments
Registration pamphlets with information on both PRAXIS Core and PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments are available on the rack outside of Student Academic Services, 144
materials that include practice test questions for PRAXIS Core and
PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments are available here.
Students may take their PRAXIS tests at any offered site. When registering for either PRAXIS Core or PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments, it is
critical that you list Winthrop University (5910) and the South Carolina
Department of Education (8108) as score recipients.
All Teacher Education students are required to pass PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments for their major in South Carolina prior to starting Internship II. MAT Accelerated students in all majors and MAT Traditional students in Modern Languages must pass the PRAXIS Subject Area Assessment prior to admission into the Graduate School. PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments Information (pdf - 109 KB)
For questions about PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments internship requirements, contact Dia Hablutzel.
Middle Level Education PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments Policy for Internship II (Effective December 15, 2015)
In order to qualify for Internship II, MLED candidates must have:
PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments in both content area concentrations, and
2. passed at least one of the concentration
area PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments.
both PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments have been passed, then the candidate will
continue with Internship II in the content area that was not the focus of Internship I. If only one PRAXIS Subject Area Assessment has been passed, then the candidate can either:
to do Internship II in the content area of the exam that has been passed (even
if it repeats the content area of focus in Internship I);
submit a written request (with documentation) to the program
faculty to continue with Internship II in the content area of the exam that has
not been passed by qualifying with an established GPA of 3.0 in all courses
related to that content area (not just those that count toward the content
concentration in the degree program) and a
PRAXIS Subject Area Assessment score on that content assessment that is no more than
5 points away from the passing score; or
submit a written request to the program faculty to attempt to
qualify for Internship II placement in the content area of the exam that has
not been passed by submitting to a one time (approximately 30 minutes) oral
examination in the content that will be conducted and evaluated by a team of
Winthrop faculty and middle level teachers of the content area from our partner
schools. (The candidate has only one opportunity to do the oral examination,
and the decision of the team of evaluators at the conclusion of the examination
session will be final.)
The Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam is a requirement for South Carolina initial licensure as of July 1, 2006. All students who complete a Teacher Education program must pass the PLT before the initial license can be issued. The PLT is not required for Internship II or to graduate from Winthrop University. Most students take the PLT during their senior year.
For questions about South Carolina licensure, contact Suzy Baldwin.
Fee waivers may be available for the PRAXIS Core, PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments, and PLT exams for college students who meet all
eligibility criteria. All requests are processed on a first-come,
first-served basis. More information and the fee waiver form are