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 in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
All Areas Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 156
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 162
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 5732 150

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 in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Child Development PreK–K Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 157
All K–3, K–6 Areas Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
All 4–8 Areas Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
All 7–12 Areas Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157
All K–12 Areas Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

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

Early Childhood

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Child Development PreK–K Education of Young Children Required through 8/31/2014. 5021 165
Education of Young Children Required beginning 9/1/2014. 5024 160

Elementary Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary (K–3, K–6) Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Required through 8/31/2014. 5011 158
or
Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Required beginning 9/1/2014. 5017 153

Middle Grades Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Middle Grade English 7–8* (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 164
Middle Grade Mathematics 7–8* (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator provided.) 5169 165
Middle Grade Science 7–8* (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School Science 5440 150
Middle Grade Social Studies 7–8* (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School Social Studies 5089 149

Secondary Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Biology 7–12* Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 150
Chemistry 7–12* Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 151
Economics 7–12 Economics 59111 150
English 7–12* English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 167
Mathematics 7–12* Mathematics: Content Knowledge(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 160
Physics 7–12* Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 139
Social Studies 7–12* Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 150
Speech Communications 7–12* Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 143

1 Available beginning October 2014.

All Grades

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Art K–12* Art: Content Knowledge 5134 158
Health Education K–12 Health Education 5551 149
Music K–12* Music: Content Knowledge 5113 161
Physical Education K–12* Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 145

World Languages

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Chinese (Mandarin) K-12 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 164
French K–12* French: World Language 5174 153
German K–12* German: World Language 5183 154
Latin K–12 Latin 56011 152
Spanish K–12* Spanish: World Language 5195 160

1 Available beginning October 2014.

Administrator/School Leader

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Administrator K–12 School Leaders Licensure Assessment(Must use SLS website to register.) 6011 169

Special Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Braille K–12 Braille Proficiency 0631 158
Emotional Disability K–12 Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances 5372 154
Hearing Disability K–12* Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 5272 160
Mild/Moderate Disability K–12* Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 152
Special Education K–12 Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 142
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 152
Visually Impaired K–12* Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 163
and
Braille Proficiency 0631 158

Career & Technical Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Business Education 7–12* Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 153
Home Economics 7–12* Family and Consumer Sciences Required through 8/31/2014. 5121 153
Family and Consumer Sciences Required beginning 9/1/2014. 5122 153
Marketing and Distributive Education 7–12* Marketing Education 55611 151
Technology Education 7–12* Technology Education 5051 159

1 Available beginning October 2014.

Instructional Support Personnel

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Audiologist K–12 Audiology 5342 170
Guidance Counselor K–12 Professional School Counselor 5421 156
Library/Media K–12* Library Media Specialist 5311 143
School Psychologist K–12 School Psychologist 5402 147
Speech/Language Clinician K–12 Speech-Language Pathology Required through 8/31/2014. 5330 600
Speech-Language Pathology Required beginning 9/1/2014. 5331 162

* Supplemental endorsements can be added to a three- or five-year license with a Qualifying Score on this Praxis II® 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 Series® Information Bulletin.

 

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