Tennessee Frequently Asked Questions
- Who must take The Praxis Series® Exams?
Candidates for initial teaching licenses are required to pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) portion of The Praxis Series exams 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.
- What are the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams required in Tennessee?
All candidates seeking initial teacher licensure who do not meet exemption criteria are required to complete one of the following PLT exams:
- Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Early Childhood, test number 5621, with a passing score of 155 OR
- Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) K–6, test number 5622, with a passing score of 158 OR
- Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) 5–9, test number 5623, with a passing score of 158 OR
- Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) 7–12, test number 5624, with a passing score of 155
In addition to the PLT, passing score(s) are needed on the required Specialty Area exam(s) for each area of endorsement sought. (See list of Praxis II® Subject Tests.)
Note: Periodically there are specialty area exam(s) for which no minimum score is required. This means that the exam(s) must be taken, but there is no specific passing score(s).
- Which Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam should be taken?
- Candidates seeking licensure in Early Childhood Education PreK–3, Early Development and Learning PreK–K or Early Childhood Special Education PreK–3 must take the PLT Early Childhood exam (test number 5621).
- Candidates seeking licensure in Elementary Education K–6 must take the PLT K–6 exam (test number 5622).
- Candidates seeking licensure in Middle Grades 4–8 must take the PLT 5–9 exam (test number 5623).
- Candidates seeking licensure in secondary education areas must take the PLT 7–12 exam (test number 5624).
- Candidates seeking licensure in K–12 or PreK–12 endorsement areas may choose any one of the PLT exams, including the PLT Early Childhood (test number 5621), PLT K–6 (test number 5622), PLT 5–9 (test number 5623) or the PLT 7–12 (test number 5624).
- Are there any exemptions from the PLT exams?
Exemptions from the PLT and Specialty Area exams for licensing purposes are granted to candidates seeking initial licensure who were fully licensed/certified in any state prior to July 1, 1984. To show proof of this exemption, a candidate must provide a copy of a full license from any state that reflects an issue date prior to July 1, 1984. Effective March 1, 2001, out-of-state applicants seeking initial Tennessee licensure who meet reciprocal guidelines may not be required to take the Praxis® exams. Prior to signing up for exams, out-of-state applicants can submit a full, valid license from a reciprocal state to the Office of Educator Licensing for review along with all other required documentation. After reviewing all material, the Office of Educator Licensing will determine if any exams are needed and send notification thereof.
- Are there any candidates who are only required to take the Specialty Area exams and not the PLT exams?
Candidates for licensure in the following areas are required to complete the appropriate specialty area exam only and are not required to take the PLT exam: School Counselor PreK–12, School Psychologist PreK–12, School Social Worker PreK–12 and Speech/Language Pathology PreK–12.
- What about candidates adding a second science endorsement to an existing license?
Candidates who already hold an endorsement in one science area and are seeking an additional endorsement in biology, chemistry, earth science or physics are required to take only the content knowledge exam for endorsement in the additional science area.
- What about candidates adding another special education endorsement to an existing license?
Candidates who are seeking additional endorsement in one of the special education areas, who are already endorsed in one special education area, are required to take only the content knowledge exam for the endorsement in the additional special education area and the Teaching Reading: Elementary Education (test number 5203) exam.