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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:

Test 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

New SAT 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

PRAXIS Core 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 (writing section not required)
To register for the SAT, please visit


Registration pamphlets with information on both PRAXIS Core and PRAXIS II are available on the rack outside of Student Academic Services, 144 Withers. When registering for either PRAXIS Core or PRAXIS II, it is critical that you list Winthrop University (5910) and the South Carolina Department of Education (8108) as score recipients. Preparation materials that include practice test questions for PRAXIS Core and PRAXIS II are available here.

There is a testing site in Rock Hill for PRAXIS Core exams (computerized version only) at Prometric Testing Center, 452 Lakeshore Parkway, Suite 110, (803) 324-5607. You may call to schedule an appointment for the PRAXIS Core tests. This testing center is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All Teacher Education students are required to pass the PRAXIS II test(s) for their content area(s) before entering Internship II. PRAXIS II Testing Information (pdf - 18 KB)

For questions about PRAXIS II Internship requirements, contact Dia Hablutzel.

PLT Requirement

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.

For questions about South Carolina licensure, contact Suzy Baldwin.

Fee Waivers

Fee waivers may be available for the PRAXIS Core, PRAXIS II, 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 available here.




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