Alternate Route Required Tests
To enter TMI 1, all candidates must submit passing scores on the Praxis Core (or replacement) and provide a passing Praxis Subject Assessment from this document. Below is general information about these exams, including where to go to sign up, score recipient codes you enter during registration, and substitutions allowed by MDE (for Praxis Core).
Praxis Core (or ACT/SAT replacement) is required of all candidates for licensure. To take all three sections in one sitting, use Test Code 5752. Click the “Content Area” name to access the ETS Preparation page dedicated to that exam.
Praxis: Subject Assessment
A passing score on at least one of the Praxis Subject Assessments from the list below is required for admission to TMI and for licensure. Click the “Subject Area” name to access the ETS Preparation page dedicated to that exam.
|Business Education (7-12)
|Family & Consumer Science (7-12)
|Marketing Education (7-12)
|Physical Education (K-12)
|Social Studies (7-12)
|Speech Communications (7-12)
To enter TMI 1, all candidates must submit passing scores on the Praxis Core (or 3.0 GPA or ACT/SAT replacement) and provide a passing Praxis Subject Assessment from this document. Below is general information about these exams, including where to go to sign up, score recipient codes you enter during registration, and substitutions allowed by MDE (for Praxis Core).
Replacements for the Praxis Core Exam
If you have a 21 composite score on the ACT (or SAT equivalent), you are exempt from taking the Praxis Core. If you do not have the ACT/SAT score, but your overall undergraduate GPA is above 3.0, you can be exempted from the Praxis Core.
TMI can accept scores listed on an official high school transcript (sent directly from the school) or official electronic scores sent directly to TMI (ACT Code 1432). Your college transcripts will NOT provide ACT/SAT scores. Though TMI cannot load Praxis scores into MECCA (the MDE application system), TMI can load your ACT/SAT score into MECCA so you do not have to send additional to MDE for the ACT/SAT.
Candidates may take or re-take the ACT instead of the Praxis Core. ACT is more cost-effective, but more difficult for most candidates. Candidate must take the ACT on a national test date and does not need to sign up for the Writing section (just the standard ACT: English, Math, Reading, and Science sections).
Praxis: General Information
The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (referred to as Praxis Core) and the Praxis Subject Assessment (previously know as Praxis II) exams are offered through ETS (Educational Testing Services). The primary website for Praxis is: www.ets.org/praxis The page dedicated to exams approved by the Mississippi Department of Education is: THIS LINK (Please note that list includes exams used for undergraduate program completion, as well as exams used for supplemental endorsements; not all exams lead to licensure.) Alternate route candidates must take one of the Praxis Subject Assessments specifically approved for licensure. A list of the exams that can be used by TMI is on our website and in this document.
Praxis: Attending Institution and Designated Score Recipients
When registering for any Praxis exam, you will be prompted to provide an attending institution (where training is being done) and designated score recipients (where your Praxis score report is sent). Enter the TMI institutional code 1806, into these sections. If you are taking a Praxis exam outside of Mississippi (or online using the “Praxis at Home” testing option), you should include the MDE institutional code 7599, in the score recipient section. You may enter up to four institutional codes during Praxis registration for free. Failure to enter the institutional codes during registration leads to spending additional funds sending score reports at a later time.
Your score report will be posted to your “My Praxis Account” section of the Praxis website. The score report is made available to you in the form of a locked PDF. Be sure to save the locked PDF score report before it is removed from the ETS portal (about a year after testing). TMI can accept the emailed PDF as an official score report.
Praxis: Testing Windows and Additional Attempts
The Praxis Core is given on a continuous basis. That means if the testing center is open, it is offering Praxis Core testing (though COVID protocols may be affecting the number of seats available for each time slot). Many Praxis Subject Assessments are also offered on a continuous basis. However, some are offered in testing windows. This means there are only certain dates available to sign up for an exam. Visit THIS LINK to find out when an exam is available. The Praxis Core, or individual sections of the Praxis Core, can only be taken once every 21 days. The Praxis Subject Assessment can be taken only once in any single testing window.
Praxis: Testing Locations
With few exceptions, Praxis exams are offered as computerized exams at testing centers –OR– if candidate meets certain equipment qualifications, he/she may be able to register to take the exam with an online proctor from home computer. Click THIS LINK to find out more about the testing at home option or to find the closest testing center.
Test results become available 10-16 business days after a testing window closes (not 10-16 business days after taking the exam). Score reports are posted to candidates’ ETS account first, normally about a week before any institution (such as the MDE or TMI) is permitted access. The score report can be saved from the candidate’s ETS account as a “locked PDF.” This score report is both the candidate’s copy, and if emailed as a “locked PDF,” can be used as an official score report. Candidates should be sure they save the file as it will disappear from their ETS account page after one year.
Supplemental Endorsement Page
The Mississippi Department of Education maintains a list of supplemental endorsements (additional endorsements added after initial licensure) that can be added to a valid license through additional testing, college hours, or program completion. Visit this page of the MDE website to access the documents.