TN Secondary Mathematics Certification and Exam Requirements


Tennessee Secondary Mathematics Certification and Exam Requirements

Note:  While we do our best to give you accurate and up to date information about your state requirements, we are not infallible.  State requirements change frequently. It is your responsibility, and in your best interest, to double check certification and licensure requirements with your state’s Department of Education.


Secondary Mathematics Certification Available:  
Secondary Mathematics, grades 6-12.

Graduates of a WGU mathematics grades 5-12 teacher preparation program will be eligible for grades 6-12 mathematics teacher licensure in Tennessee, which will allow them to teach in any single subject mathematics classroom in that grade range. While WGU's secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs cover grades 5-12, grades 6-12 licensure is awarded in Tennessee because that is how the Tennessee Department of Education defines the grade-range of secondary-level education.

Secondary Mathematics Exams and Requirements:

Content Exam: Praxis 5161, Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Tennessee will accept the Praxis 5061 in place of the Praxis 5161 if the 5061 was passed prior to September 1, 2013 and you apply for licensure prior to September 1, 2018.

Pedagogy Exam: Praxis 5624, Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12


 Note: 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 Praxis 5624, Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12.

 If you did not complete edTPA, then you must pass Praxis 5624 to be eligible for licensure recommendation in


WGU Program Requirement: You have two options to satisfy the WGU Program Requirement.  You may pass either:
1.       Praxis 5061, Mathematics: Content Knowledge
2.       Praxis 5161, Mathematics: Content Knowledge

To qualify for the Secondary Mathematics grades 6-12 teaching license in TN, you must pass the Praxis 5161 and 5624 exams, as well as meet all other general Tennessee teacher certification requirements.  The Praxis 5161 exam will also meet the WGU Program Requirement for the 5-12 math programs.  

Previous Exam Requirement: As of September 1, 2011, the Praxis 0624 exam replaced the Praxis 0524 exam. The Praxis 0524 exam will still be accepted for certification if it was completed prior to this change.


Before registering for the Praxis II exams, be sure to review WGU's general policies regarding external certification exams. Exam registration is available through the ETS website at  The ETS website will provide you with the test dates available. The minimum required scores for Tennessee can be found by reviewing the TN Praxis Exam Requirements.


To ensure that WGU receives ALL of your exam scores and can verify your eligibility for licensure, you must fax a copy of your official score report to the Assessments Office at 1-801-606-7021 or email a scanned copy to  All required exam scores must be on file with WGU at your time of graduation so that the Certification Officer can recommend you for certification.


All initial teacher candidates must complete the Tennessee Teaching Performance Assessment requirement.


Information on how to submit a direct application to Tennessee for initial teacher licensure upon completion of your WGU program is available in the Tennessee Teacher Certification Application Information article in this handbook.  Those seeking an added endorsement to a current teaching certificate after completion of a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education program at WGU should follow the instructions in the Adding an Endorsement to a Tennessee Teaching Certificate article in this handbook.  




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