Foreign Language Testing
The North Carolina Board of Education has approved the use of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching
of Foreign Languages) to facilitate the licensing of teachers for world languages. Individuals who hold a
Standard Professional I or II license may add a foreign language to their license by passing an oral proficiency assessment and written proficiency test (if required). Potential teachers may use these assessments to qualify for a lateral entry license IF they hold at least a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.5 GPA and are employed by a North Carolina school system.
Oral proficiency assessments are available in the following languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Baluchi, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Cebuano, Chavacano, Croatian, Czech, Dari, Dutch, Egyptian, Filipino, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hilgaynon, Hindi, Hmong, Ilonggo, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Malay, Mandarin, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tausug, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Visayan.
Written proficiency tests are available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, French*, German*, Haitian Creole, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish*.
(* denotes the written proficiency tests that are available on-line versus test booklet format)
NOTE: The English oral and written proficiency assessments CANNOT be used to be licensed in English.
A passing test score of “Intermediate High” on this Foreign Language assessment will be accepted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in lieu of PRAXIS II. For additional information on assessment fees and making application click here: https://www.languagetesting.com/acad_nc1.cfm
Praxis I Testing
Those individuals seeking Lateral Entry licensure with a relevant degree or 24 semester hours of coursework in the content area, but below a 2.5 GPA may qualify with passing PRAXIS I scores and a 3.0 GPA on a minimum of 15 semester hours of related courses completed within the past five years or a 3.0 GPA in the major field of study or a 3.0 GPA in all courses in senior year. PRAXIS I tests are offered locally at:
Prometrics 3 Centerview Drive Suite 248 Greensboro, NC Phone: (336)854-4230
Praxis II For Birth Through Kindergarten
Effective March, 2007, the State Board of Education approved the use of PRAXIS II content knowledge test 0022 (Early Childhood) for Birth through Kindergarten (B-K) teachers to be designated “highly qualified” to teach kindergarten. The required passing score is 155.
This test is NOT required to be issued a B-K license and CANNOT be used to add B-K to a license. It also CANNOT be used to become eligible for a B-K license. This test is only for those teachers who already have a B-K license who want to become “highly qualified” so they can teach kindergarten. Employees licensed in Birth through Kindergarten who are assigned to teach Pre-Kindergarten are NOT required to be designated as “highly qualified.”
To register for PRAXIS II click here: www.ets.org/praxis
Praxis II Workshops
There are several independent companies that offer PRAXIS I and II workshops to assist individuals with improving their test taking skills. These companies are fee based and most offer some type of “money back guarantee” if you complete their program and do not pass the test(s). Guilford County Schools does not endorse these agencies or the effectiveness of their programs.
- CWH Consulting Co., Inc Dr. Charles Hatch 1250 Jones Street Newberry, SC 29108 Phone: (803) 276-8887 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://cwhpraxisprep.com/ *Courses are offered at Queens College in Charlotte, NC
- Eastern Carolina Educational Assistance Center (A division of DeLorge International Learning Systems)Dr. Gerold H. Jarmon, Executive Director 126 E. Gordon Street, Suite 201 Kinston, NC 28501 Phone:(888)698-4867 Website: www.delorge.webpage66.com *Courses are offered either face to face or online for 6 weeks