Teacher Education Department
"Content" refers to what – not how – you will teach. To qualify for a Colorado teaching license, or even to be placed for student teaching, you must first pass the required Content Tests.
PRAXIS test are now the industry standard.
You should take the test for your licensure area:
All PRAXIS exams are offered at designed test sites in the region. Fort Lewis College is NOT a designated test center. The closest test center is San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico, approximately one hour south of Durango.
Register for Content Tests on the PRAXIS website. These sites also offer:
Each test costs up to $160 and takes up to 4 hours.
Take your content test almost a year before you apply for admission to student teaching. Test dates can be found on the PRAXIS website or on the bulletin board outside EBH 242.
Not all students pass their test on the first try. Give yourself enough time to study and re-take the test. Your goal should be to pass on the first attempt but be prepared for a three-try sequence.
To Student Teach in the Spring: The Student Teaching Application Meeting happens in September. You need to pass the test before that meeting. Thus, we recommend:
To Student Teach in the Fall: The Student Teaching Application Meeting happens in January. You need to pass the test before that meeting. Thus, we recommend:
Once you have passed your Content Test, plan to attend the appropriately scheduled Student Teaching Application meeting. These meetings are held at the beginning of the term preceding the student teaching term.
Additional endorsements do make you much more marketable. If you wish to add endorsement areas to your initial license, you can take additional content tests. For example: