TN BA Special Education Mild to Moderate Certification and Exam Requirements

Certification Available for Graduates of WGU's BA Special Education Program: Special Education Interventionist K-8 and Special Education Interventionist 6-12

Required Content Exams: 


1) Praxis 5543, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications

This exam also satisfies the WGU Program Requirement (for students who matriculated on 9/1/2011 or after)


Note: Applicants must have passed the required exams within five years prior to the date they apply for licensure.

Required Pedagogy Exams:

1) Praxis 5203, Teaching Reading: Elementary Education


2) Effective 10/1/2016, if you completed edTPA during the demonstration teaching portion of your WGU teacher preparation program, then you do not need to pass one of the Principles of Learning and Teaching exams. If you did not complete edTPA, then you will need to pass one of the Principles of Learning and Teaching exams to be eligible for licensure recommendation in Tennessee.

A. Praxis 5622, Principles of Learning and Teaching: Elementary K-6  OR

B. Praxis 5623, Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 OR

C. Praxis 5624, Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12




Visit these links for more important information:

General Information About Licensing in Tennessee
Registering for Praxis Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU
Applying for your Tennessee Teaching License

Tennessee Teaching Performance Assessment


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