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Mississippi Test Requirements

Find your licensure area below to determine which test(s) you need to take and see the minimum qualifying score. To learn more about a specific test, click the test title. Once you know your test(s), find out how to register for Praxis® tests and read the Praxis test retake policy.

In general, unless it is specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, calculators may not be used on any Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).

If you test in Mississippi, your score report will be sent automatically to the Mississippi Department of Education. If you test outside of Mississippi, select the Mississippi Department of Education (state code 7599) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)

Beginning teachers in all content areas must pass all three Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests.

Teacher education program graduates are required to pass the Core tests specifically for admission into a teacher education program (unless they meet an institution's ACT® test score requirement).

Alternate route teacher candidates are required to pass the Core tests in order to obtain licensure.

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
All Areas Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 *
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 *
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 5732 *
If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core exams (5712, 5722, 5732) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5751) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5712, 5722, 5732).

Principles of Learning and Teaching

Teacher education program graduates for all content areas must pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test that most closely matches the grade levels of the license sought. The PLT test is not required for alternate route candidates.

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Child Development PreK–K Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 *
All K–3, K–6 Areas Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
All 4–8 Areas Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 *
All 7–12 Areas Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *
All K–12 Areas Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 *

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Praxis® Subject Assessments: Both teacher education program graduates and alternate route candidates must pass a Praxis subject area test in one of the approved subject areas.

Early Childhood

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Child Development PreK–K Education of Young Children 5024 *

Elementary Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Elementary (K–3, K–6) Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 5017 *

Middle Grades Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Middle Grade English 7–8* (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
Middle Grade Mathematics 7–8* (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
Middle Grade Science 7–8* (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School Science 5440 *
Middle Grade Social Studies 7–8* (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School Social Studies 5089 *

Secondary Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Biology 7–12* Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 *
Chemistry 7–12* Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
Economics 7–12 Economics 5911 *
English 7–12* English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 *
Mathematics 7–12* Mathematics: Content Knowledge(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Physics 7–12* Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Social Studies 7–12* Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
Speech Communications 7–12* Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *

All Grades

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Art K–12* Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *
Health Education K–12 Health Education 5551 *
Music K–12* Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education K–12* Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *

World Languages

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Chinese (Mandarin) K–12 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 *
English as a Second Language K–12* English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
French K–12* French: World Language 5174 *
German K–12* German: World Language 5183 *
Latin K–12 Latin 5601 *
Spanish K–12* Spanish: World Language 5195 *

Administrator/School Leader

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Administrator K–12 School Leaders Licensure Assessment (Must use SLS website to register.) 6990 *

Special Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Braille K–12 Braille Proficiency 0633 *
Emotional Disability K–12 Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances 5372 *
Hearing Disability K–12* Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 5272 *
Mild/Moderate Disability K–12* Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
Special Education K–12 Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 *
This test is only required for Special Education teachers who need to demonstrate Highly Qualified Status.
Special Education Supplemental Endorsement Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
Visually Impaired K–12* Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 *
and
Braille Proficiency 0633 *

Career & Technical Education

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Business Education 7–12* Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
Home Economics 7–12* Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
Marketing and Distributive Education 7–12* Marketing Education 5561 *
Technology Education 7–12* Technology Education 5051 *

Instructional Support Personnel

To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Audiologist K–12 Audiology 5342 *
Guidance Counselor K–12 Professional School Counselor 5421 *
Library/Media K–12* Library Media Specialist 5311 *
School Psychologist K–12 School Psychologist 5402 *
Speech/Language Clinician K–12 Speech-Language Pathology 5331 *

* Supplemental endorsements can be added to a three- or five-year license with a Qualifying Score on this Praxis subject area test.

Visit the Educator Licensure page of the Mississippi Department of Education for comprehensive licensure guidelines.

This page is a supplement to The Praxis® Information Bulletin.

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