Testing Requirements

The School of Education requires specific program testing to ensure our compliance with national accrediting bodies and to aid us in making admission decisions. Scores will be considered in admission and scholarship decisions. Please carefully review the dropdowns below to determine which test you need to take as part of your application process to the University of St. Thomas. Please contact us if you have questions.

You will need to take the Praxis or GRE if you are applying to the following programs:

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
    • Chemistry
    • Communication Arts and Literature
    • Earth Science
    • Life Science
    • Math
    • Physics
    • Social Studies
  • K-12 Physical Education with 5-12 Health
  • K-12 World Language: Spanish
  • K-12 Music
    • Vocal
    • Instrumental
  • Community Education Licensure
  • Principal Licensure
  • Superintendent Licensure
  • Director of Special Education Licensure
  • Reading Licensure
  • Special Education
    • Academic Behavioral Strategist
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Developmental Disabilities
    • Emotional Behavioral Disorders
    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • Learning Disabilities

Scores required to be considered for Regular Admission:

  • GRE
    • Verbal - 151
    • Quantitative - 153
    • Writing - 4
  • Praxis
    • Reading -168
    • Mathematics - 162
    • Writing - 165

If your scores fall below the above scores to be considered for Regular Admission, your application may be considered for a second faculty review. This process will likely delay you receiving your decision in the typical one-week time frame.

  • Note: As part of the initial licensure process, candidate scores on the GRE admission test might be used to show basic skills competency. Currently, Praxis scores cannot be used in place of the basic skills exam for licensure. View Minnesota Teacher Licensure Testing Information.


You will need to take the GRE or MAT if you are applying to the following programs:

  • Doctorate in Leadership and Learning
  • M.A. Leadership in Student Affairs
  • M.A. in Leadership and Administration
  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
  • Math Education Certificate
  • Engineering Education Certificate
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate

Learn more about each test: