How to Become a Teacher in Mississippi

According to the Office of Research and Statistics, of the 490,526 K-12 students in the state, the majority of students passed state assessment tests, with most placing in the designations for Basic and Proficient. Mississippi students’ recent success in subject-matter proficiency lies with the multiple ways someone can become a Mississippi certified teacher. This can be accomplished by enrolling in teacher preparation programs, taking a series of competency exams and submitting transcripts and proof of a student teaching practicum to the state.

Education Requirements

Individuals wishing to teach in the Mississippi public school system must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in Teacher Education from a state-approved or National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)-approved program from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher learning.

Mississippi Teaching Certification

Candidates for a Class A educator license to teach K-12 in Mississippi must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in Teacher Education. A Class AA educator license requires a master’s degree; class AAA requires a specialist of education degree, and Class AAAA requires a doctoral degree. All licenses are valid for five years.

Required Tests

A candidate for the Class A five-year educator license must complete and pass the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching Test and Praxis II Specialty Area Test appropriate to his or her degree program.

State Certification Reciprocity

Out-of-state candidates who hold a valid standard out-of-state license to teach K-12 can apply for a five-year educator reciprocity license. A two-year non-renewable reciprocity license is available for candidates with a valid credential less than a standard license or a certificate from another state.

Helpful Resources

Belhaven University

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1500 Peachtree St
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 968-5940

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Blue Mountain College

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201 W Main St
Blue Mountain, MS 38610-9509
(662) 685-4771

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Coahoma Community College

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3240 Friars Point Rd
Clarksdale, MS 38614
(662) 627-2571

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

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1001 Co-Lin Lane
Wesson, MS 39191
(601) 643-5101

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Delta State University

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Hwy 8 West
Cleveland, MS 38733
(662) 846-3000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

East Mississippi Community College

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1512 Kemper Street
Scooba, MS 39358-0158
(662) 476-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Hinds Community College

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505 East Main Street
Raymond, MS 39154
(601) 857-5261

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Itawamba Community College

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602 W Hill Street
Fulton, MS 38843-1099
(601) 862-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Jackson State University

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1440 J R Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217
(601) 979-2121

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Mississippi College

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200 South Capitol Street
Clinton, MS 39058
(601) 925-3000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Other
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

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51 Main Street
Perkinston, MS 39573
(866) 735-1122

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Mississippi State University

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Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762
(662) 325-2323

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Mississippi University for Women

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1100 College Street
Columbus, MS 39701
(662) 329-4750

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Mississippi Valley State University

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14000 Highway 82 West
Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400
(662) 254-9041

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Northeast Mississippi Community College

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101 Cunningham Blvd
Booneville, MS 38829
(662) 728-7751

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Northwest Mississippi Community College

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4975 Hwy 51 N
Senatobia, MS 38668-1714
(662) 562-3200

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Rust College

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150 Rust Ave
Holly Springs, MS 38635
(601) 252-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

University of Mississippi

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Oxford, Mississippi
University, MS 38677-1848
(662) 915-7211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Southern Mississippi

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118 College Drive # 0001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
(601) 266-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

William Carey University

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498 Tuscan Ave
Hattiesburg, MS 39401-5499
(601) 318-6051

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
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