Overview of Tennessee Testing Requirements
How to Qualify for Certification
For initial certification in Tennessee, all candidates must do the following:
- Complete an approved teacher preparation program and satisfy Tennessee's licensure test requirements. Required tests for program admission include the Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST®). These tests are available in either paper-delivered or computer-delivered formats.
- Demonstrate satisfactory completion of the Praxis II® Subject Assessments. Required tests include the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) portion and separate Subject Assessment tests for each area of endorsement sought.
- Tennessee requires a Social Security number (SSN) in order to process educator certification paperwork. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes but will submit it to Tennessee with your tests results. Failure to provide your SSN could delay processing of your certification application.
- Beginning with the 2012–13 testing year, ETS is administering new versions of two test titles (listed below). The new tests cover the same content as the previous tests. However, scores are reported on a different scale, so requirements will vary from previous versions. All scores for discontinued tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken.
- Latin — New Test Code: 0601
- Theatre — New Test Code: 0641
ETS is offering several additional tests in a computer-delivered format which will be introduced throughout the testing year. Visit Test Centers and Dates to find testing centers near you. For tests available in both formats (paper and computer), the computer-delivered versions cover the same content as the paper-delivered versions and are scored on the same scale; however, the computer-delivered tests have different test codes
- Biology: Content Knowledge (5235) — September 2012
- Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101) — December 2012
- Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245) — September 2012
- Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (5571) — October 2012
- Family and Consumer Sciences (5121) — December 2012
- Library Media Specialist (5311) — February 2013
- Physical Education: Content and Design (5095) — September 2012
- Physics: Content Knowledge (5265) — September 2012
- Professional School Counselor (5421) — February 2013
- Reading Specialist (5301)* — September 2012
- Speech-Language Pathology (5330) — December 2012
- World and United States History: Content Knowledge (5941) — December 2012
* This test is not available in a paper-delivered format except as required for ADA accommodations.
Who Must Take the Tests?
- Teacher candidates or those wishing to become certified must take The Praxis Series™ tests.
- Prior to entering a teacher education program at your college or university, you may be required to take the Praxis I tests to demonstrate your qualifications.
- Applicants for initial educator licenses are required to pass the PLT portion of The Praxis Series tests and the designated specialty area exam(s) required for the endorsement area(s) requested.
- If adding a new endorsement area to an existing full Tennessee license, only the specialty area exam(s) required for that area must be taken to obtain the additional endorsement.
- Candidates pursuing alternate routes to licensure must satisfy the same testing requirements as candidates in a traditional program.
Exemption from Testing
For further information on exemption from testing, contact the Office of Educator Licensing.
In Tennessee, you must take the appropriate Praxis II tests for each area of certification you seek.
- About the Praxis Tests
- The Praxis Series™ Information Bulletin
- Prepare for a Test
- Register for a Test
- Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities
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