216 Speech/Language Therapist
In 2010, the bachelor’s level 216 Speech/Language Therapist license was approved by the State Board of Education (SBE) to be issued 7/1/13. To assist districts and applicants in preparing for the issuance of this new license, The Office of Educator Licensure has attached the following documents for your information:
The 216 licensure board item, as approved by the SBE, can be found on the following link: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/docs/2010-board-agenda/tab_32_october_2010.pdf?sfvrsn=2 .
Praxis Test Scores
This summer the State Board of Education approved a proposal to increase the required passing score on a specific list of Praxis tests required for licensure. The board action became effective on September 1, 2012 so that anyone applying for a teacher’s license after Sept. 1 would be required to meet the new cut score. This change caused a great deal of difficulty for many prospective teachers that had received passing scores on the Praxis prior to Sept. 1 but had not completed programs and were not yet ready to be licensed.
On Nov. 16, the Board approved a transition plan to allow individuals who held a passing score on Praxis I or II prior to Sept. 1, in the subject areas previously presented to the board, to submit those scores for licensure until September 1, 2014.
To be clear, anyone taking the test after September 1, 2012 must meet the new score. Those that took the test and received a passing score prior to September 1, 2012 will now be able to still use the old passing score for licensure until Sept. 1, 2014. The following link shows a list of the tests with the increased new score: Increase of Praxis Tests Cut Scores