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Praxis Exams

Document Number: SOEDU--103 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 07/11/2013
Primary Author: Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 03/06/2012

General Description

Information about PRAXIS exam policies relative to the state of Tennessee and the School of Education and Public Policy.


Delineation of policy.



Responsibility: Academic Affairs

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Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
Current University policy
State statutes

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Loss of privilege, general

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Policy Provisions


Praxis Exams are required by the State of Tennessee for teacher licensure.


Any candidate for teacher licensure must be admitted to the Teacher Education Progression (TEP). Admission to the Teacher Education Progression is known as TEP I and is a checkpoint required of undergraduates only. At TEP I, candidates must have passed the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) also referred to as Praxis I. Passing Praxis I is NOT a pre-requisite for taking Praxis II Content Area exams.


Any candidate for initial licensure or an add-on endorsement through Cumberland University will be required to take the Praxis Specialty Area Exams (a.k.a. Praxis II).


You may appeal to the Educational Testing Service for a fee waiver by completing this form with your test registration.


Scroll to the bottom of this page for Praxis Preparation information.



The Praxis I exam, or PPST, is a test of general knowledge like the SAT or ACT. It or an equivalent test (see below) is required for entrance into the Teacher Education Program Phase I (TEP I) for undergraduate teacher licensure candidates. Candidates who fail any section of the Praxis I exam twice should see The administrative assistant in the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts, 103 Bone Hall,  for information on an alternative test. It is required for teacher licensure by the State Department of Education.


To enter the School of Education's undergraduate Teacher Education Progression (for anyone intending to gain a teacher's license through student teaching), you must pass each of the three sections of the Praxis I. Candidates who have a 21 or better on the ACT or a 1020 or better on the SAT are exempt.


Candidates in the Master's of Arts in Teaching program seeking initial licensure are exempt from the Praxis I exam requirements with their Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4-year university, and their satisfactory performance on the MAT or GRE.


PRAXIS II (Specialty Area Exams)

All candidates for a Tennessee teacher's license must pass several Praxis II exams. Which tests depends on the type of licensure sought, though all candidates for licensure must pass one of the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) tests for the grade level they wish to teach. Be advised that Praxis Requirements are change periodically at the state level to ensure adequate teacher preparation. Teacher Education Candidates are responsible for knowing which tests are required for the type of licensure and endorsement they desire.To determine which other tests are required for the type of license you seek, click here, and scroll down the page (licensure types are listed alphabetically).


· For undergraduate teacher licensure candidates, passing all of the Praxis II exams required for the type of licensure they seek is necessary for entry into the Teacher Education Progression Phase II (TEP II) the semester prior to student teaching (one failing score on a test may be allowed).

· Graduate candidates for initial teacher licensure must pass the content area test  before completing 12 hours in their graduate program. Click here to see a list of the required Praxis II content exams by licensure.

· Graduate candidates in the Educational Leadership program must pass the School Leadership Licensure Assessment as a requirement for completing the program.


TEP II interviews are held the semester prior to student teaching. Therefore, if you intend to student teach in a Fall semester, you must have passed all Praxis II exams by March of that year. If you intend to student teach in a Spring semester, you must have passed all Praxis II exams by September the previous year.


PRAXIS Preparation

Praxis tests are expensive, and students often have to take 5 or more Praxis I and II exams. Please plan a praxis test-taking schedule. Spend time with your advisor to make this plan. The best preparation for Praxis II exams is offered through our course work; candidates should be aware that course material and course work is based on and aligned with best practice, as are the Praxis exams.


Additionally, the library has Praxis Prep books on reserve for candidates. We continue to expand our offering of Praxis preparation material through our book buy-back program. Please see the Administrative Assistant in the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts for details.


Membership in the STEA offers the advantage of access to on-line Praxis preparation material and workshops offered free to members.


Finally, there other Praxis preparation websites available for free. As always, be sure to critically evaluate web-based materials. The Educational Testing Service (ETS), which creates and delivers the Praxis II tests, has Test-at-a-glance materials available on their website. On that page, scroll down and click the name of the test you are interested in taking to see the Test-at-a-glance material (many require a pdf reader such as Adobe).


Some Praxis exams have practice test ebooks that can be purchased on-line for relatively cheap from the ETS site. Explore their webpages thoroughly for these resources. For example, a test preparation ebooklet is available.

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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Consequences: Further training
Loss of privileges

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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts

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