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:
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.
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: