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Due to COVID-19, testing has been suspended for Alternate Route. In order for the suspension to apply, a candidate must complete TMI 1 and have all materials to MDE to apply for the TMI 1 license by 12/31/2021. Candidates that complete TMI 1 prior to 12/31/21 will have until the TMI 1 license expires to complete TMI 2 and teach for one year (internship) in order to upgrade to the standard license.  These candidates will NOT be required to take the exams to upgrade their license after TMI 2. In order to complete TMI 1, you must have either the hours in a subject area below or a passing Praxis Subject Assessment.

Alternate Route Required Tests

Praxis Subject Assessment may be needed to complete TMI 1 if you do not meet the requirement for at least one endorsement area from the Acceptable Coursework for Academic Subject Area Endorsement at the bottom of this page

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 should be sent). Enter TMI Online’s institutional code (1806) into both of these sections. If you are taking a Praxis exam outside the state of Mississippi, you should include the Mississippi Department of Education’s institutional code of (7599) in the designated score recipient section.

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 (TMI Online can accept this file as an official score report).

Praxis Core*

(*Test Code to take all three sections in one sitting is 5752)

Content Area
Test Code
Min. Score


Praxis Subject Assessment

(formerly Praxis II)

Approved Subject Area Test Code Min. Score
Art (K-12) 5134 158
Biology (7-12) 5235 150
Business Education (7-12) 5101 153
Chemistry (7-12) 5245 151
Chinese (K-12) 5665 164
Economics (7-12) 5911 150
English (7-12) 5038 167
Family & Consumer Science (7-12) 5122 153
French (K-12) 5174 153
German (K-12) 5183 154
Health (K-12) 5551 149
Latin (K-12) 5601 152
Library/Media (K-12) 5311 143
Marketing Education (7-12) 5561 151
Mathematics (7-12) 5161 152
Music (K-12) 5113 161
Physical Education (K-12) 5091 145
Physics (7-12) 5265 139
Social Studies (7-12) 5081 150
Spanish (K-12) 5195 160
Speech Communications (7-12) 5221 143
Special Education (K-12) 5354 152

For the most up-to-date list of these acceptable exams as well as additional exams that can be taken for supplemental endorsement, visit the ETS stie.

PraxisTesting Windows and Additional Attempts
The Praxis Core is given on a continuous basis. If the testing center is open, it is offering the Praxis Core. The Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II) is offered in testing windows. This means there are only certain dates available to sign up for an exam. Visit the ETS site to view testing window dates.

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.

Your test results become available 10-16 business days after a testing window closes (not 10-16 business days after you take 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.

Praxis® Testing Locations
Ellisville, MS … (601) 578-3389
Flowood, MS … (601) 664-9960
Hattiesburg, MS … (601) 266-6123
Memphis, TN … (901) 678-1457
Memphis, TN … (901) 756-1425
Meridian, MS … (601) 484-8724
Metaire, LA … (504) 834-2155
Mobile, AL … (251) 345-1704
Monroe, LA … (318) 345-9246
Monticello, AR … (870) 460-1454
New Orleans, LA … (504) 280-8378
Oxford, MS … (662) 915-6501
Starkville, MS … (662) 325-6610

ACT  Test

If you have a 21 composite score on the ACT, you are exempt from taking the Praxis Core. TMI Online can accept scores listed on an official high school transcript (sent directly from the school) or official electronic scores (ACT Code 1432). Official scores must also be sent to the Mississippi Department of Education (ACT Code 9072). Sending ACT scores can be slow; so we advise sending scores to TMI and MDE during the application process to prevent delays in getting licensed. Please note that if scores are sent by ACT to UM, TMI Online cannot access the scores until the scores are entered into the UM campus management system (this can take up to six weeks), so please use TMI code (1432) instead of the UM code.

If you prefer, you are allowed to attempt the ACT instead of taking the Praxis Core. You must take the ACT on a national test date (not a residual testing) and you do not need to sign up for the Writing portion.

SAT score of 1060 (on the new 1600 point ERW+M SAT) can be substituted for the ACT. The SAT has changed twice in recent years (new concordance values reported by CollegeBoard in Spring 2016).  Email for directions on getting SAT scores to TMI Online and the MDE for a ruling if you believe your scores may be good (for example, the current 1060 score equates to about 980 on the old 1600 point SAT or about 1450 on the old 2400 point SAT).

Acceptable Coursework for Academic Subject Area Endorsement

If you do not have a passing Praxis Subject Assessment from the list on the previous page, you will need to meet the requirements for one of the endorsements listed below. To count, the coursework must have a prefix in the specific endorsement area (from the list below) and the course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. A minimum of 18 college credit hours is required. Please note, the list below is defined by MDE and your university, TMI cannot substitute hours.


Acceptable Coursework


Coursework must have Art prefix.


Coursework must have a prefix from: Botany, Zoology, Biology, Microbiology, or Human Anatomy and Physiology (Biochemistry may be counted toward biology or chemistry)


Coursework must have a prefix from: Marketing, Typewriting, Finance, Keyboard-ing, Accounting, Business Education, Management, Business Law, or General Busi-ness Administration (Note: Real Estate courses are not counted toward business)


Coursework must have a Chemistry prefix (Biochemistry may be counted)


Coursework must have a Chinese prefix


Coursework must have a prefix from: English, Literature, Journalism Newswriting, or Journalism Editing


Coursework must have an Economics prefix


Coursework must have Family & Consumer Science or Home Economics prefix


Coursework must have a French prefix


Coursework must have a German prefix


Coursework must have a Latin prefix


Coursework must have Marketing prefix


Coursework must have a Math prefix or equivalent. *21 hours is required instead of 18 hours


Coursework must be music education instrumental course. Courses in music theory and music history may be counted


Coursework must have a prefix from: Physical Education, Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Coaching, or Sports Administration


Coursework must have Physics prefix


Coursework must have a prefix from: History, Geography, Psychology, Political Science, Economics, Humanities, Sociology, Anthropology, Southern Studies, or Government


Coursework must have a Spanish prefix


Coursework must have Speech prefix or relate specifically to Oral Communication

You should apply if you have:

  • earned a bachelor's degree in a non-education area from a nationally/regionally accredited institution of higher learning (or are entering your final semester), and
  • possess extensive knowledge of art, biology, chemistry, Chinese, economics, English, family & consumer sciences, French, German, health, Latin, library/media, marketing, mathematics, music, physical education, physics, mathematics, social studies, Spanish, speech communications, or special education, and
  • want a secure and rewarding career that will impact hundreds of lives,

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