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Candidate Assessment

Before gaining admission to the St. Ambrose Teacher Education Program, students must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core). The composition of the test contains reading, writing, and mathematics sub-sections comprised of multiple choice questions and essays.

Praxis Passing Scores

Reading: 175
Writing: 172
Math: 172

Please visit the ETS website to register, get more information, and find dates. This website also includes some sample questions of each test.

Contact Dr. Deanna M. Stoube, 563-333-6079


Teacher Education Appeal Process

Teacher Education Program Appeal Committee
The primary purpose of the Appeals Committee is to allow students in the Teacher Education Program (TEP) due process, as required by the Iowa Department of Education and Board of Educational Examiners.

Therefore, the committee will review students:

  • whose overall performance academically is below the standard of 3.0 in the teaching content major, 3.0 in the education major, and/or 2.7 in the cumulative grade point


  • who wish an exemption from stated student teaching requirements or other TEP criteria.

Appeals must be initiated by the student through consultation with the Assessment Coordinator and follow the procedure outlined below:

  1. Obtain the petition form from the Assessment Coordinator.
  2. Fill out the petition completely.
  3. Submit the petition to the student's academic advisor for the advisor's comments.
  4. Submit the petition to the Coordinator.
  5. Receive timely notification of the Appeals Committee meeting date and time, which may be attended by the student and advisor.
  6. Receive results of the Committee's decisions by mail.
  7. May appeal the decision by filing a written petition to the Director of the School of Education.