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Testing Requirements

Testing Requirements

To ensure that Fellows enter their teaching careers as highly qualified new educators, ready to earn their teaching license, Fellows must register for, study for, and pass the Praxis II OR the PLACE exam before the start of the Training Institute in June 2011 (the only candidates who do not need to pass an exam are math candidates who hold at least 24 undergraduate or graduate math credit hours). Note: candidates do not need to take and pass the exam prior to completing an online application.  Fellows should have the testing agency send their scores to Denver Teaching Fellows, code #4080. If testing outside the state of Colorado, please also have test scores sent to the Colorado Department of Education.

The Praxis II and PLACE are subject area-specific exams. All candidates who are invited to interview with the Denver Teaching Fellows will need to take and pass EITHER the Praxis II or the PLACE exam (with the exception of math candidates who hold at least 24 undergraduate or graduate math credit hours). Either exam meets the testing requirement, although the PLACE is strongly recommended for math candidates.  Candidates invited to interview with the Teaching Fellows program are required to bring proof of exam registration to their interview.   Please note that passing the Praxis II or PLACE exam is required to teach in Colorado, regardless of whether you enter the classroom through the Denver Teaching Fellows program or another route.  Refer to the table below to ensure you register for the correct exam. 

The Praxis II is offered in a paper-based test administration, and registration is handled by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). It is a nationally-recognized exam.

Click here for more information about the Praxis II and click here to register for the Praxis II exam (exam dates listed below.

The PLACE is offered in a paper-based test administration and is only recognized in Colorado.

Click here for more information about the PLACE and click here to register for the PLACE (exam dates listed below).

Math

Praxis II: Mathematics (#0061) or PLACE Assessment #04: Math

** If the candidate has 24 credit hours in math passing the test is not required.**

Special Education

Elementary Education PLACE or Praxis II Exam (#0014)

Candidates may take the computer based version (#5014), as well

Bilingual Spanish
(K-6)

Elementary Education PLACE or Praxis II Exam (#0014) 

Candidates may take the computer based version (#5014), as well

AND

Spanish Language Proficiency (SLP) Exam*


*The Spanish Language Proficiency (SLP) Exam consists of three components – oral, written, and reading, and is administered by a SLP Exam Specialist from the Department of English Language Acquisition. DTF staff will work with Fellows after they are enrolled in the program to schedule this exam with Denver Public Schools. To learn more about the exam, visit the DPS website.


Praxis and PLACE Preparation

It is imperative that all candidates STUDY thoroughly for the Praxis II and/or PLACE exams. These exams often prove difficult even for individuals with deep content knowledge or relevant professional experience. As you prepare, consider the following recommendations and resources:

  • Visit www.ets.org for information about the Praxis II. Select the Tests at a Glance feature to access an overview of the material covered on the exam and download sample test problems. Consider purchasing ETS’ Praxis Study Guides. However, please note that many candidates report needing study materials beyond these ETS resources
  • Visit www.place.nesinc.com for information about the PLACE. Review and practice with the PLACE Study Guides. However, please note that many candidates report needing study materials beyond these NES resources. Refer to college and high school textbooks focused on the appropriate subject matter for your Praxis II or PLACE
  • Consider purchasing study guides from major test prep providers at a local library or bookstore
  • Actively search the internet for additional test prep materials and resources
  • Form study groups with other candidates or teachers

Note that some candidates may need to take the Praxis II or PLACE a second time due to failure on the first attempt. Therefore, the Fellows program strongly recommends that candidates invited to interview with the program register for the Praxis II or PLACE as soon as possible. This will allow candidates to maximize their chances to have time to re-take the exam if needed.

All candidates will be required to submit proof of test registration and/or scores if invited to interview with the program, and all Fellows must prove that they have passed the Praxis II or PLACE prior to the start of the Training Institute. Candidates who do not meet these testing requirements will not be permitted to continue on in the Teaching Fellows program. Please note that it takes approximately one month to receive scores.

The following tables list upcoming dates for paper-based test administrations for the Praxis II and PLACE as well as their registration deadlines:

1/15/2011 12/16/2010 12/23/2010
3/12/2011 2/10/2011 2/17/2011
4/30/2011 3/31/2011 4/1/2011
1/8/2011 12/7/2010 12/31/2010
2/26/2011 2/4/2011 2/18/2011
4/9/2011 3/18/2011 4/1/2011

Candidates are responsible for all Praxis and/or PLACE registration costs (note that there is an additional fee for late registration).

All Fellows will enter their careers in education teaching the students in the schools and in the subject areas where high-quality teachers are needed the most. By teaching math, special education or bilingual Spanish (K-6), you will have the opportunity to impact student achievement in significant and meaningful ways for your students.

If you have further questions about exams required to teach in Denver Public Schools through this program, please contact us at info@denverteachingfellows.org.

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