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All states require that certified teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Mississippi, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program. Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching) and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.
While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the Mississippi, visit our Mississippi Teacher Scholarships page.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Mississippi officially recognizes ABCTE certification as a route to earning your Mississippi teacher certification. See our page on alternative teacher certification in Mississippifor more information.
The Mississippi Department of Education requires all teaching candidates to pass and complete the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Basic Skills Test (PPST) before graduating from an accredited, state-approved teacher preparation program. After January 2014, all applicants will be required to pass the Core Academic Skills for Educator assessment(s).
Mississippi Required Tests
Required for all areas of certification
All 3 CORE subtests: Reading Writing Mathematics
All 3 PPST tests: Reading Writing Mathematics
156 162 150
172 173 172
All applicants are required to complete and pass their necessary Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) tests related to their grade level licensure before graduating from an accredited, state-approved teacher preparation program.
Principles of Learning
Child Development PreK-K
PLT: Early Childhood
All K-3 and K-6 Areas
PLT: Grades K-6
All 4-8 Areas
PLT: Grades 5-9
All 7-12 Areas
PLT: Grades 7-12
All K-12 Areas
PLT: Grades K-6 OR PLT: Grades 5-9 OR PLT: Grades 7-12
Content Test Areas
The Mississippi Department of Education mandates that all teaching candidates complete and pass all Praxis II subject area tests in their approved subject area.
– Middle School English Language Arts Middle School Mathematics Middle School Science Middle School Social Studies
– 164 165 150 149
Secondary Education (7-12)
Biology Chemistry Economics English Mathematics Physical Science Physics Social Studies Speech Communications
Biology: Content Knowledge Chemistry: Content Knowledge Economics English Language Arts: Content Knowledge Mathematics: Content Knowledge Physical Science: Content Knowledge Physics: Content Knowledge Social Studies: Content Knowledge Speech Communication: Content Knowledge
150 151 150 167 160 147 139 150 143
Special Education (K-12)
Braille Emotional Disability Hearing Disability Mild/Moderate Disability Special Education Special Education (Supplemental Endorsement) Visually Impaired
Braille Proficiency Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavior Disorders/Emotional Disturbances Special Education: Education of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
The Mississippi Board of Education requires that all teaching candidates meet the following requirements in order to obtain their initial teacher certification:
Have bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution
Complete a state and nationally approved teacher education program or alternative certification program
Pass all required Praxis exams for their certification area(s)
Complete application (can be done through the MSDOE Online System) and any required supplemental forms
The Mississippi Board of Education mandates that any applicant recommended for employment within any state school and/or departments must submit and pass a criminal records background check and fingerprint clearance. Background checks are submitted on both a state and federal level.
Mississippi Teaching Jobs
The Mississippi Department of Education provides applicants with a list of open positions within the respective school districts and application procedures. Visit the Mississippi Department of Education for more information.
Teachers and administrators seeking employment in a Mississippi public school district can enter and upload their personal and professional information to an employment database, allowing school district personnel to view and locate potential teaching candidates. For more information see the Mississippi Teacher Center’s Employment Data Sheet.
Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Mississippi provides differential pay support for teachers teaching in high-needs schools and teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Mississippi has strong induction policies in place which include professional development, training, and mentoring programs