The PRAXIS is a teaching certification test used in over 40 states and U.S. territories. It is available in two parts: PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II. Tests are taken at an approved testing center on paper. Limited PRAXIS I tests are available online. Grants are available to help prospective teachers pay for their PRAXIS certification exams.
Bowie State University PRAXIS Grant
Bowie State University offers a free training program to qualified individuals who wish to take PRAXIS certification testing. The training includes 15 weeks of classroom or online education in PRAXIS teaching. The program boasts an 80-percent pass rate on the PRAXIS exam. The program is offered to 30 students per year. Contact the Principle Investigator, listed on the school's website, for information on this grant program.
Pell grants are federal grants for college. The PRAXIS exam is taken while in college as part of receiving a teaching certification. For teaching students, applying for Pell grants will allow them to use the grants to pay the fees associated with the PRAXIS exam. Pell grants are available online through the FAFSA website to undergraduate and graduate college students. These grants have a cap of $5,350 at the time of publication.
The TEACH Grant is available to teaching students currently enrolled in college. The student must a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. TEACH Grants are awarded to students in critical-need areas, such as mathematics or bilingual teaching. The grant is only available to U.S. citizens. The application for TEACH grants is located at Federal Student Aid website. Grant amounts were not listed at the time of publication.
State Level Department of Education Grants
States offer educational grants to college students interested in a teaching career. Some states also offer grants for certification training programs and test taking, such as the PRAXIS. Not every state relies on PRAXIS tests for certification, and these do not offer grants in conjunction with PRAXIS. Look at your state Department of Education website for information on grant programs.