When school officials advertise jobs for teachers, who do they want to attract? Highly qualified hires, that’s who—not just degree holders. They want teachers who have met state licensure requirements, teachers who are ready to teach!

When it comes to teacher jobs in Indiana, New Jersey, and North Carolina, those licensure requirements often include passing both the PRAXIS I and one or more PRAXIS II tests. The same is also true for many other states.

Jobs for Teachers in IN
Passing the PRAXIS I (and in some cases the PRAXIS II) is one of the requirements for teacher certification in the state of Indiana, so if you’ve passed your PRAXIS exams, you’re one step ahead of the competition!

To hold a teaching job in Indiana, you must take the PRAXIS I Pre-Professional Skills Test in all three areas: reading, writing, and mathematics. The passing composite score is 527. You may also take some other comparable state-approved exam. The PRAXIS I is also a requirement for entry into accredited teacher preparatory programs in Indiana. If you pass the PRAXIS I and obtain certification in your field, you stand a better chance of becoming teacher in IN than an unlicensed degree holder.

According to the Indiana State Department of Education, you must also pass the PRAXIS II if your field falls within the following certification areas: Early Childhood Education, Pre-Kindergarten Education, Elementary Education, Middle School Education (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies), Secondary Education (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies), World Languages (French, German, Spanish), and All Grades (Art, Health, Media Specialist, Music, Physical Education).

If you haven’t already passed the PRAXIS I, taken the PRAXIS II, and completed other requirements to obtain your teaching license in Indiana, get started! If you’re ready to teach at hiring time, you’ll be a preferred candidate for teaching jobs in Indiana!

Jobs for Teachers in NJ

Jobs for teachers in New Jersey are also easier to get for those who’ve passed the required PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II tests and obtained state certification. Why hire an unlicensed instructor when a certified one is available? Teachers in NJ must score a minimum of 174 on the PRAXIS I math test, 175 on the PRAXIS I reading exam, and 173 on PRAXIS I writing test.

Some teaching fields in New Jersey are exempt from PRAXIS II requirements; however, most are not. As of 2011, teachers in NJ seeking state certification in these fields must pass the PRAXIS II: Early Childhood Education (PK-3), Elementary Education (K-5), Middle School Education (Language Arts 5-8, Mathematics 5-8, Science 5-8, and Social Studies 5-8), Secondary Education (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physical Science, Physics, Social Studies, Speech Arts and Dramatics, and Theatre), All Grades (Art, English, Health & Physical Education, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, and Reading), World Languages (French 5-8, German 5-8, and Spanish 5-8), Administrator/School Leader (Principal, School Administrator), Career and Technical Education (Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Industrial Arts, Marketing Education, Technology Education, Career and Technical Education), and Instructional Support Personnel (Speech-Language Therapist).

It’s just plain common sense! If you’ve passed you’re the required PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II exams, and obtained certification before your job interview, you be much more likely to land a teaching job in New Jersey.

Jobs for Teachers in NC
As in New Jersey and Indiana, jobs for teachers in North Carolina are easier to get if you’ve passed the required PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II tests and subsequently obtained state certification. Again, why would a school system select an unlicensed teacher over a certified instructor?

NC teachers must pass the PRAXIS I with a composite score of 522 (or have a suitable score on their SAT or ACT). They must also pass the PRAXIS II in order to obtain endorsements on their teaching licenses in these areas : Elementary Education K-6, Middle School Education (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies), Secondary Education (Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Economics, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Science, Social Studies, Sociology), All Grades K-12 (Art, Health, Music, Physical Education, Reading, Speech Communication), World Languages (ESL K-12, French K-12, German K-12, Latin 9-12, Spanish K-12), Special Education, and Career and Technology Education. There’s no doubt about it! Those seeking jobs for teachers in North Carolina who’ve passed the required PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II exams, and obtained certification prior to their job interviews are more likely to get teaching jobs.

Teaching Jobs in the Traditional Classroom
It’s clear: those who pass the PRAXIS I and, in some cases the PRAXIS II, are more marketable candidates for classroom teaching jobs in Indiana, New Jersey, North Carolina and other states that include the PRAXIS as a requirement for certification. Even if the PRAXIS isn’t a requirement where you plan to teach, passing it is a nice accomplishment that you can add to your résumé.

Online Teaching Jobs
Whether you seek jobs for teachers in the traditional classroom or online teaching jobs, passing one or more PRAXIS exam says something good about you. It says you’re well-educated, well-qualified, and well able to teach. So should you take the PRAXIS I? Of course! It’s a no-brainer. A good score on the PRAXIS II will increase your marketability for online teaching jobs as well as traditional classroom teaching jobs.