The Mississippi Teaching and Certification Resource
How to Become a Teacher in Mississippi
In order to start a career as a teacher in the state of Mississippi individuals must first earn a Mississippi teacher certification. There are four class levels of licenses in Mississippi. Class A is the bachelor’s level license. Class AA is the master’s level certification, and Class AAA is the specialist degree level. Finally, those with a doctorate degree may earn a Class AAAA license.
- I want to be a teacher in Mississippi, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Mississippi’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- Global Training and Development - EdS
- E-Learning - EdS
- General Education - Doctor of Education
- Curriculum and Teaching - EdS
- And more...
Teachers who complete a traditional preparation program will earn a five-year educator license. Individuals may also receive the following alternate route licenses: MS Alternate Path to Quality Educators, Teach MS Institute, Master of Arts in Teaching, or American Board Certification. In addition, school districts can request the following licenses: JROTC, Special Administrator Fellowship, Three-Year Interim Certificate, or One-Year License for Veteran Teachers. Two-year and five-year licenses are also offered through reciprocity.
Mississippi Teacher Education Requirements
One of the first steps toward Mississippi teaching certification is completion of educational requirements. Candidates for becoming a teacher in Mississippi must complete an approved educator preparation program at an accredited university.
The Occupational Supply & Demand projects 2,494 annual job openings in education and library related fields in Mississippi through 2018. In 2008 and 2007 respectively, there were 33,358 public school and 4,150 private school teachers employed in Mississippi according to the National Center of Education Statistics. The average beginning teaching salary is $30,090, and the average overall teaching salary is $41,975, the second lowest among US states and nearly $15,000 below the national average, according to the National Education Association. The NEA reports a great shortage of teachers for all age groups and subject matter, but especially in special education, math and sciences. With the unemployment rate and the strong need for education professionals high, now is a great time to pursue teaching certification and specialization. Please visit the Mississippi Association of Educators for updates on the education job market and state policy and contact local education and teaching school for information regarding certification procedures.
Mississippi Teacher Testing Requirements
In order to become certified to teach in Mississippi, candidates must complete state testing requirements. Those seeking certification must first pass the Praxis I Reading, Writing, and Math basic skills test. After completing an educator preparation program, the Praxis II test must be passed in the candidate’s content area. For those who receive an alternate certificate through American Board Certification for Teacher Excellence, a Passport to Teaching subject exam is required. Only after completing these testing requirements may a person receive teacher certification.
Mississippi Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||13,490||$41,740|
|Middle School Teachers||8,250||$41,740|
|Secondary School Teachers||10,610||$42,710|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.
Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Misssissippi
Question: How do I become an elementary teacher in Mississippi?
Answer: Becoming an elementary teacher in Mississippi requires licensure through the state. To get the initial license, you must have a bachelor’s degree and have taken approved teacher preparation coursework. You must also participate in elementary student teaching and student mentoring. You must pass a criminal background check.
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