As of April 2018, 41 of the 144 school districts in Mississippi faced a critical teacher shortage with many vacancies going unfilled, according to the Clarion Ledger. Now more than ever, qualified teachers are needed in the state to help students succeed. You can make a difference in the lives of these students by becoming a licensed teacher in Mississippi.
|Average Salary for Teachers in Mississippi (2017)*||$44,230 (Elementary School); $45,320 (Middle School); $46,370 (High School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Teacher Education with documentation of student teaching|
|Testing Requirements||ACT or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (prior to teacher education program); Praxis Principles of Teaching and Learning (all grades); Foundations of Reading Assessment and Praxis Elementary Education (Elementary School); Praxis Subject Test (Middle and High School)|
Step 1: Complete Your Degree
All prospective teachers in Mississippi must obtain a bachelor's degree in teacher education from an accredited college or university. This program can either be one approved by the state of Mississippi or by either the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for the Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP). The teacher education degree must include classroom fieldwork in student teaching. This fieldwork provides those interested in teaching with real-world experience before they apply for licensing.
Students must receive a minimum score of 21 on the ACT exam prior to applying to a teacher education program. Those who do not must take and receive a passing score on the three Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics).
Step 2: Pass Any Required Tests
Teacher education graduates of all grade levels must pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching for their desired grade level. In addition, those who would like to teach at an elementary school must pass the Praxis Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment exam. They must also receive a minimum score of 229 on the Mississippi Department of Education's Foundations of Reading Assessment exam. Those wishing to teach at the middle school or high school level must pass the Praxis subject test for the area in which they plan to teach.
Step 3: Apply for Your License
After you have successfully completed your degree and passed the required tests, you are ready to apply for your Mississippi Class A Educator License. This is a renewable license that is valid for five years. You can apply online at the MS Department of Education website or by mail. The application must include verification of completion of a student teaching program and all official transcripts, either in a sealed envelope or electronically through eScripSafe. The official score report from Praxis can either be sent directly from ETS or by mail.