PRAXIS Core and PRAXIS II
Praxis I and Praxis II testing is done through the Education Testing Service. The PRAXIS Series tests are for those seeking admission to teacher education programs, or seeking teacher certification/licensure.
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)
Praxis Core is a series of three basic skills tests (reading, writing, and math) required in some states without any exemptions. In Tennessee, students are exempt from PRAXIS I testing if they earned an SAT score of at least 1020, an ACT score of at least 22, or if they have earned a master's degree when they receive initial licensure.
Praxis II Subject Assessments measure knowledge of specific subjects that K–12 educators will teach, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge. PRAXIS II testing is required in 40+ states for teacher licensing; however, requirements change frequently in Tennessee and other states. Students must meet the testing requirements at the time they are recommended for licensure by the institution where they completed the teacher preparation program.
Each Tennessee teaching license application must include passing scores on a general professional education test at the appropriate grade level (Principles of Learning and Teaching Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8, or 7-12) and passing scores on the appropriate specialty test(s) for each endorsement. The examinations can be taken in any sequence in the same semester or the same year.
The student must specify during test registration(s) that official score reports must be sent from ETS to MTSU. The score report will be held in your licensure file until you are ready for licensure recommendation to the Tennessee Office of Teacher Licensing (Tennessee Department of Education).
PRAXIS Core Academic Skills Resources
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