Allison White

Can I Take the Praxis Without an Education Degree?

You can definitely take the Praxis without an education degree! Usually the test is taken before graduating from a teacher preparation program. Praxis test results are part of teacher certification requirements in many states. But there are lots of paths to becoming a teacher! If you don’t have an education degree and aren’t currently pursuing one, don’t worry, you can still take the Praxis.

Do I need to take the Praxis?

First, check and see if you need to take the Praxis or not. If you don’t want to become a licensed teacher, then you probably don’t need to take the Praxis. If you do want to become a licensed teacher, a bachelor’s degree in education isn’t necessarily required, but in many states, a passing score on the Praxis is required. Check and see if your state requires the Praxis to become a teacher.

What skills does the Praxis measure?

The test measures skills that test designers, “believe that a newly licensed or certified teacher should know to perform his or her job competently.” So, if you are planning to take your test near the end of your teacher preparation program, you will likely have learned all you need to know during your program. You probably just need to brush up a bit and you’ll be good to go!

Can I take the Praxis without an education degree?
Is it possible to do well on the Praxis without an education degree?

If you are coming to teaching by a different path, you’ll want to study a bit more before taking the Praxis to make sure you have a handle on the teaching skills the Praxis assesses. You also want to make sure that you are preparing well when it comes time to invest in test fees. Since you don’t have the benefit of a teacher preparation program or other education-focused studies, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to study and feel ready for the test.

It’s totally possible to study hard, take the Praxis without an education degree, AND score well! I took the Praxis during an alternative certification program and received a Recognition of Excellence Award for my score. I don’t say that to brag (okay, maybe just a little! 😉 ), but to point out that with some time and preparation, doing well on the Praxis is possible regardless of your background.


  • Allison White

    Allison is an Early Childhood Educator who has been a teacher since 2010. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010 with a degree in Psychology, focused in Child Development. She began her teaching career as a 2nd grade teacher in Washington, D.C. After moving to Denver, Colorado she discovered a passion for Early Childhood Special Education. She earned a Master’s in the subject from University of Colorado Denver in 2015. She spent Spring 2016 teaching pre-service early childhood educators at the undergraduate level. Now she and her husband are on a big adventure travelling around the western United States in an RV!

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