TN Master of Arts in Science Education (MASE) Certification and Exam Requirements

Science Certifications Available:  

Middle School Science, 6-8

Biology 6-12
Chemistry 6-12
Earth Science 6-12
Physics 6-12

Science Exams and Requirements:

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


 Area of Certification  Required Praxis Exams. The Tennessee-required Content Exam for Each Content Area Also Satisfies the WGU Program Requirement Exam for Each Program.
Middle School Science, 6-8

Content Exam: Praxis 5440, Middle School Science

Note: The Praxis 5439, Middle School Science exam, which also satisfies the WGU program requirement, does not satisfy TN middle grades license requirements

Pedagogy ExamPraxis 5203, Teaching Reading: Elementary

Science 6-12, Chemistry

Content Exam: Praxis 5245, Chemistry: Content Knowledge


Science 6-12, Earth Science

Content Exam: Praxis 5571, Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge


Science 6-12, Physics Content Exam: Praxis 5265, Physics: Content Knowledge

Science 6-12, Biology  Content Exam: Praxis 5235, Biology: Content Knowledge 


Visit these links for important information:


General Information About Licensing in Tennessee

General Policies Regarding External Certification Exams

Registering for Praxis Exams

Submitting Exam Scores to WGU

Adding an Endorsement to a Tennessee Teaching Certificate




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