Initial Licensure Exams

Candidates who are interested in a teaching or advanced state license must complete a program approved by the Virginia Department of Education. To be eligible for verification forms for other states, the licensure office must verify that candidates have completed one of our approved licensure programs. Programs that lead to licensure will involve coursework, licensure tests, and student teaching or internship.

Tests may vary per program. Please see program pages for requirements.


Praxis Core 

To locate available testing centers and register, please visit the Praxis testing site. To determine eligibility for possible substitution of SAT/ACT scores, please see Gate 2 testing requirements.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732)

  • Passing Score: 162

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5712) 

  • Passing Score: 168

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5722) [Effective 2/1/2019]

  • Passing Score: 165

 Study Resources for Praxis Core


Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) 

To locate available testing centers and register, please visit www.va.nesinc.com/.

  • Required Composite Score: 470

Study Resources for VCLA


Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) 

To locate available testing centers and register, please visit www.ets.org/praxis.

  • Required Composite Score: 157

Test Codes

  • RVE (paper-based): 0306
  • RVE (computer-based): 5306

Study Resources for RVE

  • Complete reading methods course prior to the test
    • Undergraduate: EDUC 317/318/319
    • Graduate: EDUC 554
  • ETS Study Materials
  • Review the booklet Put Reading First
    • DVDs of Put Reading First are also on reserve in the Curriculum Library. Students may view these videos in the Curriculum Library.

Praxis Subject Assessment (previous Praxis II) 

To locate available testing centers and to register, please visit the Praxis testing site. The following tests and composite scores are required for the endorsement (teaching specialist) areas as indicated.

Not all Praxis Subject Assessments are available in a computer-based format, so be sure to plan ahead.

Required Passing Scores

Study Resources for Praxis Subject Assessment


Additional Test Support and Tutoring 

Campus Resources

  • Accommodations Related to a Documented Disability: If you have a documented disability and think you may need special accommodations to complete the required test(s), please see the individual testing pages and/or contact the Liberty University Office of Disability and Accommodation Support (ODAS) for more information.
  • Math Emporium and Math Courses (for further support and practice)
    • MATH 100/MATH 100L*
    • MATH 110/MATH 110L*
    • *Optional companion labs may be taken concurrently with MATH 100 and MATH 110. Each lab will provide weekly live online sessions with a math instructor. During this time, candidates will be able to walk through examples, receive additional instruction through live synchronous sessions, and have the opportunity to ask questions with immediate answers (similar to being in a classroom).

Writing Services


Documenting Test Scores

It is recommended that candidates list Liberty University as a score recipient on licensure tests.  Even though test scores may be sent to Liberty University electronically from the testing company, the candidates are also responsible for printing and storing records of the official score sheets. Official score sheets must be submitted by the candidate as a scanned copy at various Gates. A hard copy of the official score sheets must be submitted by the candidate to the Liberty University Teacher Licensure Office for Gate 4 paperwork.
For additional test score documentation assistance:

  • Praxis (Core, RVE, Subject Assessment)
    • When LU is not available as a score recipient, candidates are the primary score recipient and are responsible for attaching the official score report directly to their Gate(s) applications.
  • VCLA

View more information about licensure assessments from the Virginia Department of Education.

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