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About the 216 License Certification Program

In October, 2010, the Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) approved a renewable 216 License for speech/language teachers to go into effect beginning July, 2013. Shortly thereafter, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) appointed a task force to make recommendations regarding the implementation of processes related to the 216 License. The work of the task force was presented to the SBE in March 2012.

To qualify for the 216 License, individuals must have a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders (speech and hearing science, speech language pathology, etc.) with appropriate coursework and 100 hours of supervised practicum. The 216 License holders will be limited to working with children with articulation disorders and will work under the direction of, and in collaboration with, a certified speech-language pathologist (215AA and/or ASHA CCC-SLP)

To allow for the transition of those individuals with emergency or interim certificates to the 216 license, the MDE is providing education and practicum offerings during the Summer of 2012 and across the 2012-13 school year. Additionally, the MDE will offer educational opportunities for the potential mentors/supervisors of the 216 License holders.

If you would like a .pdf copy of the Interim Report of the 216 Task Force, click here for a printable file.

Interested in serving as a 216 LCP Supervisor? Click here.


Mississippi Department of Education Praxis™ Guidelines

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) over recent years has made changes to the requirements of ALL teacher education programs. The most recent change is the replacement of the Praxis I® content area tests with the new Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators tests. Below is an explanation of how these recent changes affect current and prospective students of the 216 License Program.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 216 LICENSE COMPLETION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 1, 2014. ALL PERSONS IN THE 216 PROGRAM MUST COMPLETE ALL REQUIREMENTS BY THAT DATE INCLUDING: PASSING PRAXIS I (IF PASSED BY DECEMBER 31, 2013) OR PASSING PRAXIS CORE TESTS, TRANSCRIPTS, PREVIOUS CLOCK HOURS SUBMISSION, SUPERVISOR APPROVAL, AND COMPLETION OF REMAINING CLOCK HOURS BY THIS DATE.

Praxis 1® PPST Test - The MDE will accept the old passing PPST scores taken before 9/1/2012 if the educator took and passed the test before 9/1/2012 and applies for a license by 9/1/2014. This means the educator must have completed the 216 License Program and have a recommendation by the university.

The PRAXIS I PPST test was a requirement for alternate route educators until Dec 31, 2013.

Test Name Test Code NEW SCORE
Beginning 9/1/2012
Accepted until 9/1/2015
OLD SCORE
Taken before 9/1/2012
Accepted until 9/1/2014
Reading 0710/5710 172 170-if taken before 9/1/2012
Writing 0720/5720 173 172-if taken before 9/1/2012
Mathematics 0730/5730 172 169-if taken before 9/1/2012

NEW Praxis™ Test: Core Academic Skills for Educators
The CORE test will begin on 9/1/2013, BUT the PRAXIS I Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) will be offered for test takers until 12/31/2013. Persons who have successfully complete the Praxis I by December 31, 2013, will be eligible to use their passing Praxis I scores in reading, writing and mathematics.

The educator CANNOT combine parts of the PPST and parts of the CORE to meet certification requirements.

Beginning 01/01/2014, educators must take and pass the CORE in order to meet certification requirements.

Praxis™ Core Content Area

Content Area Test Code Computer Testing Dates Min. Score
Reading 5712 4/7-4/19; 5/12-5/24; 6/16 - 6/21; 7/14 - 7/26; 8/4 - 8/16 156
Writing 5722 4/7-4/19; 5/12-5/24; 6/16 - 6/21; 7/14 - 7/26; 8/4 - 8/16 162
Mathematics 5732 4/7-4/19; 5/12-5/24; 6/16 - 6/21; 7/14 - 7/26; 8/4 - 8/16 150

 

Praxis™ FAQs

How does the CORE test affect me?
If you have not taken or completed all parts of the Praxis I® tests, we STRONGLY urge you to take the PraxisTM CORE tests.

If you completed all parts of the Praxis I® before September 1, 2012, you will need to apply for your temporary license no later than September 1, 2014, OR take the PraxisTM Core tests.

If you completed all parts of the Praxis I® after September 1, 2012, you will need to apply for your temporary license no later than September 1, 2015, OR take the PraxisTM Core/CASE tests.