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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the OTECP FAQ page. This page includes flyers and infographics with information about required exams, field experiences, residency, clinical placements, and registration dates. If you can't find your answer here, please email us at tecp@memphis.edu.

Required Exams

Praxis Core/ACT

  • To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) teacher candidates WITHOUT an ACT composite score of 21 or a combined SAT score of 1020, must retake the ACT/SAT and earn the required score OR pass all three subtests of the Praxis Core exam.
    • An ACT Superscore of 21 will also be accepted. Superscoring is the process of averaging your four best subject scores from all of your ACT attempts (English, Math, Reading and Science).
  • Candidates must receive a passing score on each subtest (Reading, Writing and Math)
    • Those students who have an overall GPA of 2.75, have passed two Praxis Core subtests and are within 5 point of the passing score for the the third subtest may apply for TEP Alternate Admissions rather than retaking the third subtest.
  • Teacher candidates MUST be admitted (or alternatively admitted) to the Teacher Education Program by November 1 of their junior year

Praxis Core Exam

Subtests Test Codes Passing Score
Combined 5752 Subtests are scored individually
Reading 5713 156
Writing 5723 162
Mathematics 5733 150
  • All the subtests can be taken together by selecting test code 5752 when registering
  • The subtests can be taken individually using the test codes for each subtest. (Taking the subtests individually is more expensive).
  • Candidates who take the 5752 but do not pass all three subtests can retake just the subtest(s) they did not pass.
  • Study companions, study plans, interactive practice tests and registration details can be found at ets.org/praxis/tn/requirements >.
  • Additional resources can be found on the TECP website >.

Praxis Content Exams

Teaching All Learners

Praxis tests requirements and deadlines for TALN (Elementary/Special Education) majors

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects* 5001 -
Reading and Language Arts Subtest* 5002 157
Mathematics Subtest* 5003 157
Social Studies Subtest* 5004 155
Science Subtest* 5005 159
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education** 5205 159
Special Education: Content Knowledge and
Mild to Moderate Applications (Optional)
5543 158

* Must be passed by December 1, 2021
** Must be passed by February 15, 2022

Human Development and Learning

Praxis tests requirements and deadlines for HDVL (Early Education) majors

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education* 5025 156
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education** 5205 159
Education of Young Children** 5024 169

* Must be passed by December 1, 2021
** Must be passed by February 15, 2022

Secondary Math

Praxis tests requirements and deadlines for Integrative Studies: Secondary Math majors

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Mathematics: Content Knowledge* 5161 160

*Must be paseed by 12/1/21

NES Requirements and Deadlines
To Teach You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Middle and Secondary Grades (6-10) Mathematics Mathematics Middle and Early Secondary* 105 220
Secondary Mathematics (Grades 6-12) Mathematics* 304 220

*Must be passed by 12/1/21

Special Education

Praxis test requirements and deadlines for those who want to get licensure in Special Education (TALN majors).

You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications* 5543 158
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education** 5205 162

* Must be passed by December 1, 2021
** Must be passed by February 15, 2022

Additional Licensure Areas

Praxis tests requirements and deadlines

If you want to teach You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Art Virtual Arts K-12* 5135 161
Music Music: Content and Instruction* 5114 162
TESOL English as a Second Language PreK-12* 5362 155
Physical Education (PETE) P.E. : Content and Design* 5095 169

*Exam must be passed by 12/1/21

Cheat Sheets

Guides

  • TALN/Art/ESL
  • HDVL
  • SMAT
  • Music
  • PETE
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Supervisors
  • Mentor Teachers


Registration Dates for Spring 2022

Date Students Eligible to Register
November 8 Degree Seeking Graduate, Honors Students, Veterans, Students registered with DRS
November 9 Seniors
November 10 Juniors
November 11 Sophomores
November 15 Freshman
November 17 Non-Degree Seeking