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.

Most tests are offered in both Session 1 and Session 2. Refer to the fees page for tests that are restricted to a particular session.

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.

Notes:

  • In general, test codes that begin with "5" or “6” are delivered in computer format; codes that begin with "0" or “1” are delivered on paper
  • "CDT" refers to computer-delivered tests. "PDT" refers to paper-delivered tests.

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 CDT Code PDT Code Passing Score
All Areas Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 n/a 156
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 n/a 162
and
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5732 n/a 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 CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Child Development PreK–K Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621 0621 157
All K–3, K–6 Areas Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
All 4–8 Areas Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
All 7–12 Areas Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 157
All K–12 Areas Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622 0622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623 0623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 0624 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 CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Child Development PreK–K Education of Young Children 5021 0021 165

Elementary Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Elementary (K–3, K–6) Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 5011 0011 158

Middle Grades Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Middle Grade English 7–8* (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School English Language Arts 5047 n/a 164
Middle Grade Mathematics 7–8* (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator provided.) 5169 n/a 165
Middle Grade Science 7–8* (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School Science n/a 0439 144
Middle Grade Social Studies 7–8* (Supplemental Endorsement) Middle School Social Studies 5089 0089 149

Secondary Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Biology 7–12* Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 0235 150
Chemistry 7–12* Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 0245 151
Economics 7–12 Economics n/a 0911 150
English 7–12* English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 n/a 167
Mathematics 7–12* Mathematics: Content Knowledge(On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 n/a 160
Physical Science 7–12 Physical Science: Content Knowledge n/a 0481 147
Physics 7–12* Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 0265 139
Social Studies 7–12* Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 0081 150
Speech Communications 7–12* Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 n/a 143

All Grades

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Art K–12* Art: Content Knowledge 5134 0134 158
Health Education K–12 Health Education 5551 n/a 149
Music K–12* Music: Content Knowledge 5113 n/a 161
Physical Education K–12* Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 0091 145

World Languages

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Chinese (Mandarin) K-12 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 n/a 164
French K–12* French: World Language 5174 n/a 153
German K–12* German: World Language 5183 n/a 154
Latin K–12 Latin n/a 0601 152
Spanish K–12* Spanish: World Language 5195 n/a 160

Administrator/School Leader

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

Special Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Braille K–12 Braille Proficiency n/a 0631 158
Emotional Disability K–12 Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances 5372 n/a 154
Hearing Disability K–12* Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 5272 n/a 160
Mild/Moderate Disability K–12* Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 152
Special Education K–12 Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5511 n/a 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 0354 152
Visually Impaired K–12* Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 5282 n/a 163

Career & Technical Education

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Business Education 7–12* Business Education: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5101 0101 153
Home Economics 7–12* Family and Consumer Sciences 5121 0121 153
Marketing and Distributive Education 7–12* Marketing Education n/a 0561 151
Technology Education 7–12* Technology Education 50511 n/a 159

1 Available beginning July 2014.

Instructional Support Personnel

To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Audiologist K–12 Audiology 5342 0342 170
Guidance Counselor K–12 Professional School Counselor 5421 0421 156
Library/Media K–12* Library Media Specialist 5311 0311 143
School Psychologist K–12 School Psychologist n/a 0401 154
Speech/Language Clinician K–12 Speech-Language Pathology 5330 0330 600

* Supplemental endorsements can be added to a three- or five-year license with a passing score on this Praxis II® subject area test.

n/a — Not available in this delivery method.

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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