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Whether you are getting started in the teaching profession or continuing your studies, we want you to be successful! AACC's TEACH Institute provides support and resources to aid and enhance the student learning experience. 

Basic Skills Testing

A.A.T. degree-seeking students must earn either a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or a 2.75-2.99 cumulative grade point. They must also have qualifying scores on the basic skills assessment for teacher licensure as established by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Test scores are accepted from the following exams: Praxis Core, Praxis I, SAT, ACT, GRE.

Passing Scores

See the MSDE website for complete information about basic skills requirements.

Preparing for Basic Skills Testing

Ed2Go offers a variety of self-paced, online test preparation courses to set you up for success. Some examples are:

Free Praxis Core Practice Test
The Testing and Educational Reference Center offers a free online practice exam for the PRAXIS Core Reading, Math and Writing tests. Review instructions for accessing the practice exam.

Khan Academy Guide
Take advantage of instructional videos to help you prepare for the Praxis Core Math exam.

ETS Praxis Prep Materials
ETS provides tips for success and links to study materials on their website. They also offer access to online practice tests for each exam.

Praxis Core Math Review

This Praxis Core Math Review is available through the Khan Academy. For details about the Praxis Core Mathematics exam, visit the Study Companion.

Praxis Focus Khan Alignment
Number and Operation

Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra





Data Analysis and Probability

Probability and Statistics

Registering for Praxis

When can I take the Praxis Core?

To access test center information and the testing calendar, visit the Praxis website.

How do I register for the Praxis Core?

Create an account on the ETS website. You can also visit this guide for support with the registration process. Be sure to list AACC as a score recipient when you register.

How much does it cost?

There is a fee for the Praxis, but there are fee waivers available for students who qualify for financial aid. For more information, visit the Praxis website.

How can I get testing accommodations or extended time as a nonnative English speaker?

Testing accommodations are available, but require a paper application process. Visit the Praxis website for information.


All Associate of Arts in Teaching degree programs approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission must provide at least 45 hours of supervised field experience. Such an experience is also an essential component of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Development. At Anne Arundel Community College, we believe that distributing the fieldwork experience over three separate courses has many benefits.

Teacher education students in all teacher education degree programs and some certificate programs are required to submit to a complete criminal background check in order to participate in the required fieldwork experience. Participation in the required fieldwork experience is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the criminal background check. If a student is denied fieldwork placement due to a background check result, which is required to meet program competencies, the student shall be dismissed from the program and his/her registration withdrawn from courses related to the program of study.

Find additional information about the fieldwork process by reviewing our Fieldwork Handbook.

APA Formatting and Writing Guides

The Education department views the development of written expression as an essential communication component of teacher preparation. The following resources have been gathered to assist students in the writing process following American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.

APA Style Resources

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) has extensive resources for students.

General Writing Resources

AACC Writing Center - If you need additional support with writing assignments, you can take advantage of the services provided by the on-campus or virtual writing center. Check the website for details, schedules and location information.

Truxal Library Citation Guides - Created by faculty at the college's library, use these general citation guides for your research and writing.


The Truxal Library has copies of Praxis Core for Dummies available to help you prepare!