Requirements

All initial licensure candidates must fulfill the following requirements: 

  1. be accepted to the university; ACT admissions scores are presented to verify the strength of professional education candidates
  2. have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on the university required 44-hour core course work
  3. successfully complete the Basic Technology Literacy Exam (BTLE)
  4. successfully complete the Praxis:
    • Acceptable scores on the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST): Reading Test Code 0710/5710 with a score of at least 170, Writing Test Code 0720/5720 with a score of at least 172, and Mathematics Test Code 0730/5730 with a score of at least 169. MDE will accept these scores if the educator took and passed the test before 9/1/2012.
    • **Acceptable scores on the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST): Reading Test Code 0710/5710 with a score of at least 172, Writing Test Code 0720/5720 with a score of at least 173, and Mathematics Test Code 0730/5730 with a score of at least 172. MDE will accept these scores if the educator took and passed the test before 12/31/2013.
    • **Acceptable scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (CORE): Reading Test Code 5712 with a score of at least 156, Writing Test Code 5722 with a score of at least 162, and Mathematics Test Code 5732 with a score of at least 150. This is the most recent teacher-normed test approved by the State of Mississippi. MDE will begin accepting this test 9/1/2013 with it becoming mandatory as the new test starting 1/1/2014.

    **Even though there are several months of overlap with these tests, the educator cannot combine parts of the PPST and parts of the CORE test in order to meet certification requirements.

    The student should note that teacher licensure requirements supersede program requirements. Mandated changes in program requirements will be communicated through the student's academic adviser.