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How to Become a Teacher in Mississippi: Teacher Certification

This is a guide to the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Mississippi. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

You can find information about teaching salary in Mississippi and related data here.

Traditional Approach for Mississippi Teacher Certifications

  1. Requirement #1 is a valid college degree from an accredited institution.
  2. In order to receive a Mississippi  Teacher Certification, you must have some experience in teaching, even unpaid.
  3. Pass the Praxis I or the CAAP Exam. Also you must complete the Praxis II (subject area).
  4. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Also, include copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      Mississippi Department of Education
      Office of Educator Licensure
      P.O. Box 771
      Jackson, MS 39205-0771
      (601) 359-3483
  5. Do you want to renew your Mississippi Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the Mississippi  Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can earn the Mississippi Teaching Certification to teach in Mississippi before you complete the program.  

  1. Earn a valid college degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Pass the Praxis I or the CAAP Exam. Also you must complete the Praxis II (subject area).
  3. Earn a position in a Mississippi school district.
  4. Choose 1 of the 4 options below:

Sources:

Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/

Educator Licensure, Mississippi Department of Education, http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/OEL

Educator Licensure Renewal/ Reinstatement, Mississippi Department of Education, http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/OEL/RR

Master of Arts in Teaching, http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/docs/educator-licensure/master-of-arts-in-teaching-.pdf?sfvrsn=0

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