PRAXIS Testing and edTPA
NOW OFFERED ON PEABODY CAMPUS
Praxis exams originally scheduled for April 3 and May 1 have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The test center on Peabody campus will be closed for the rest of the spring 2020 semester.
Vanderbilt University is now offering PRAXIS testing on Peabody Campus. The test center is STN14979A and the lab is located in Hobbs Hall, Room 107. You can sign up for testing at www.ets.org/praxis.
PARKING: If you do not have a Vanderbilt parking permit please use visitor or metered street parking.
Professional Assessments Required for Tennessee Licensure
Individuals applying for initial teacher licensure in Tennessee must submit passing scores on the appropriate edTPA performance-based, subject specific assessment and Praxis content speciality area test(s) for all endorsements to be listed on the license.
PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II testing is done through Educational Testing Service (ETS), which offers testing delivered by computer at an international network of test centers.
PRAXIS exams are required in Tennessee, and in over 40 other states, for teacher licensure. Each state selects its own tests within the PRAXIS series and sets its own minimum score requirements for specific licensure endorsements. At Vanderbilt, students may take the tests on whichever test date(s) they choose. Most students take the exams the semester before student teaching and/or while student teaching. Students are urged to plan ahead for this testing because they can't be recommended for a Tennessee teaching license without having passed each of the exams required for the endorsement(s) they seek for their license.
PRAXIS I is a series of three basic skills tests (reading, writing, and math) required in some states without any exemptions. In Tennessee, students are exempt from PRAXIS I testing if they earned an SAT score of at least 1020, an ACT score of at least 22, or if they have earned a master's degree when they receive initial licensure. Students are urged to check testing requirements in states other than Tennessee (if they plan to apply for licensure in other states) to determine if the states require PRAXIS I testing without any possible exemptions.
PRAXIS II testing is required in 40+ states for teacher licensing; however, requirements change frequently in Tennessee and other states. Students must meet the testing requirements at the time they are recommended for licensure by the institution where they completed the teacher preparation program (not necessarily the requirements at the time they enter the program). Each Tennessee teaching license application must include passing scores on the appropriate specialty test(s) for each endorsement. The examinations can be taken in any sequence in the same semester or the same year. Tests may be taken at any state of the program; however, most students take all tests when they are nearly finished with all course work and/or during student teaching.
The student must specify during test registration(s) that official score reports must be sent from ETS to Vanderbilt University (ETS code for Vanderbilt is 1871) and to the Tennessee Department of Education (ETS code for the TN DOE is 8190).
It usually takes four weeks for electronic score reports to be received by the student after testing on national test dates. It usually takes a few days longer for institutions to which the student indicated score reports should be sent to receive them. Please be sure to view the link above for the list of Tennessee-required PRAXIS II exams during the current year. Be sure to be informed about requirements at the time you register for the tests. Tests may be retaken as many times as necessary. For test preparation, see the ETS website that provides "Tests At A Glance" information for each test and more detailed study guides.
For current Tennessee testing requirements please visit the overview page regarding TN on the ETS website.
Fee waivers are available for the Praxis exams. Please find additional information and the forms here.
All initial license applicants are required to submit qualifying scores on the appropriate edTPA performance-based, subject-specific assessment. edTPA is a support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom.
For current Tennessee testing requirements please visit the overview page regarding TN on the Pearson website.