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. Although there is no individual cut score for admission on any of these tests, 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
  • Director of Special Education
  • Community Education Licensure
  • Superintendent Licensure
  • Principal Licensure
  • Reading Licensure
  • Special Education
    • Academic Behavioral Strategist
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Developmental Disabilities
    • Emotional Behavioral Disorders
    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • Learning Disabilities

    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
  • M.A. in Educational Studies
  • Math Education Certificate
  • Engineering Education Certificate
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate

Learn more about each test: