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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.
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.
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. To see a list of the required Praxis II content exams by licensure visit the ETS webpage for TN requirements.
- 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.
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 Education and Public Service for details.
Membership in the STEA offers the advantage of access to on-line Praxis preparation material and workshops offered free to members. Please see here.
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; click here to download Adobe Reader).
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 here.