April 16, 2018

Mississippi Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $37,924
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $33,120

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Mississippi schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Mississippi teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Mississippi-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs is available here:
Teacher Education
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see Alternate Route Programs.

American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence

The Mississippi Department of Education recognizes the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) as a certification body for teachers. Find out more at this Web site:
Become a Teacher in Mississippi


For teacher certification in Mississippi, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site | Praxis 1 Test
You’ll also need to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) portion of the
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test
and one or more of the Praxis II tests in specific subject areas.

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Mississippi has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states. Mississippi grants a five-year license to applicants with a valid standard out-of-state license for grades K-12 in an area in which Mississippi issues an endorsement. See this Web site for details:
Five-Year Reciprocity License

Facts about Mississippi Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Mississippi for one year, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Mississippi State Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Mississippi Department of Education
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205

Or you can call at 601-359-3513.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Mississippi teacher certification process:

Mississippi Department of Education
Educator Licensure