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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 at a testing center or using the Praxis at home solution, and your Praxis profile address is in Mississippi, your score report will be sent automatically to the Mississippi Department of Education.
  • If you test outside Mississippi or your Praxis profile address is not in Mississippi, your scores are NOT automatically sent to the Mississippi Department of Education. To have your scores sent to the Mississippi Department of Education, you must select the Mississippi Department of Education (state code 7599) as a score recipient when you register.
  • For all methods of Praxis testing, to request additional score reports you must select the Mississippi Department of Education (state code 7599) with each 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 5713 *
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5723 *
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 5733 *
If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core exams (5713, 5723, 5733) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5752) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5713, 5723, 5733).

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 *
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 in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Child Development PreK–K Education of Young Children 5024 *

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 5017 *

Middle Grades Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Middle Grade English 7–81 (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
Middle Grade Mathematics 7–81 (Supplemental Endorsement) Accepted beginning September 1, 2021
Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.)
5164 *
or
Accepted through August 31, 202122
Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.)
5169 *
Middle Grade Science 7–81 (Supplemental Endorsement) Accepted beginning September 1, 2021Middle School Science 5442 *
or
Accepted through August 31, 20212Middle School Science 5440 *
Middle Grade Social Studies 7–81 (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School Social Studies 5089 *

Secondary Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Algebra I 7–12 Algebra I(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5162 *
Biology 7–121 Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 *
Chemistry 7–121 Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
Computer Science 7–12 Computer Science 5652 *
Economics 7–12 Economics 5911 *
English 7–121 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 *
Geometry 7–12 Geometry(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5163 *
Mathematics 7–121 Accepted beginning September 1, 2021
Mathematics(On-screen graphing calculator provided.)
5165 *
or
Accepted through August 31, 20212
Mathematics: Content Knowledge(On-screen graphing calculator provided.)
5161 *
Physics 7–121 Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Social Studies 7–121 Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
Speech Communications 7–121 Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *

All Grades

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Art K–121 Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *
Health Education K–12 Health Education 5551 *
Music K–121 Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education K–121 Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *

World Languages

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Chinese (Mandarin) K–12 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 *
English as a Second Language K–121 English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
French K–121 French: World Language 5174 *
German K–121 German: World Language 5183 *
Latin K–12 Latin 5601 *
Spanish K–121 Spanish: World Language 5195 *

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.) 6990 *

Special Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Braille K–12 Braille Proficiency 0633 *
Emotional Disability K–12 Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders and Emotional Disturbances 5372 *
Hearing Disability K–121 Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 5272 *
Mild/Moderate Disability K–121 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
Special Education K–12 Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5511 *
Special Education Supplemental Endorsement Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *
Visually Impaired K–121 Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 *
and
Braille Proficiency 0633 *

Career & Technical Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Business Education 7–121 Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
Home Economics 7–121 Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
Marketing and Distributive Education 7–121 Marketing Education 5561 *
Technology Education 7–121 Technology Education 5051 *

Instructional Support Personnel

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Audiologist K–12 Accepted beginning September 1, 2021Audiology 5343 *
or
Accepted through August 31, 2021
Audiology
5342 *
Guidance Counselor K–12 Professional School Counselor 5421 *
Library/Media K–121 Library Media Specialist 5311 *
School Psychologist K–12 School Psychologist 5402 *
Speech/Language Clinician K–12 Speech-Language Pathology 5331 *

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

2 Passing scores earned on or before 8/31/2021 will be accepted through 8/31/2023.

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

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