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Mississippi Needs Teachers Now

 

Mississippi has hundreds of unfilled teaching positions across the state. The W's School of Education can help you begin a rewarding career as an educator.

Temporary Teacher Licensure Changes

The Mississippi Department of Education has suspended testing requirements for teacher licenses until December 31, 2021. Hundreds of people with degrees or credit towards degrees may now be qualified for a teaching license in Mississippi without taking the PRAXIS or any required exam.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When do these changes take place, and how will that timing affect students who are in an Education program? +

    The suspension of state-level licensure exams both for admission to teacher education and for licensure affects the six semesters between now and December 31, 2021:
    • Spring 2020
    • Summer 2020
    • Fall 2020
    • Spring 2021
    • Summer 2021
    • Fall 2021
    Teacher candidates who do not graduate and secure state licensure by December, 31, 2021 will be responsible for all remaining state exams depending upon what they have completed and what they have remaining in coursework and their recommendation to MDE for initial or advanced licensure.
  • I have earned some Education credits while attending The W, but I did not qualify to enter teacher education program and did not finish with an Education degree of any kind. What would I need to do if I want to teach now? +

    We would want to review your transcript with you to see if you may now qualify for the teacher education program. Students who graduated with a degree in another major may be able to return and complete a second degree either in Early Childhood Development, Elementary or Secondary Education, depending upon the original plan of study, by completing at least 31 credit hours that would include coursework in the teacher education program. Please send us an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • I have an undergraduate degree, but not in Education. I am interested in the graduate Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. What are the current requirements to be admitted? +

    The MAT is an alternative licensure opportunity to teach in Mississippi secondary schools (grades 7-12). Please see our MAT requirements for Education below. Our required Praxis scores for admission are waived at this time as all testing centers are closed. We do not require the GRE for any of our graduate education programs.
    • Complete online application
    • Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Satisfactory grade point average (3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale)
    • Professional recommendations from individuals who have knowledge of the student's academic/work performance
    • $25.00 application fee
    • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Passing scores on the Praxis Core OR composite score of 21 on ACT
      NOTE: This state licensure exam requirement is suspended now through December 31, 2021.
    • Passing scores on the Praxis II Subject Assessment
      NOTE: This state licensure exam requirement is suspended now through December 31, 2021.

    Students not meeting admission requirements may be considered on an individual basis for conditional admission.


    NOTE: The W's MAT program is designed for those who have graduated in a MDE approved secondary education field and is not a graduate option for those who are interested to teach in Elementary Education.
  • I haven't finished my education program at The W yet. Can I be recommended for licensure early? +

    No. The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has suspended licensure exams until December 31, 2021, but all other licensure requirements must be fulfilled before we may recommend a candidate for licensure. You must have at least a bachelor's degree to qualify for a teaching license.
  • I have completed my degree from The W in Elementary Education or in a Secondary Education major, but do not have a license to teach in Mississippi yet. What can I do? +

    We want to hear from you to see if you may be recommended for licensure. Email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • I’d like to see the Mississippi Department of Education announcement. Where can I find the changes? +

    See the MDE emergency licensure changes on their website: https://www.mdek12.org/COVID19
  • Will I be required to take the MDE required tests for licensure after December 2021 and the suspension is lifted? +

    The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has suspended licensure exams until December 31, 2021. If you have your educator license by December 31, 2021 you will not need to take the exams. All other licensure requirements must be fulfilled before we may recommend a candidate for licensure. You must have at least a bachelor's degree in an area recognized by MDE to qualify for a teaching license. It is important to remember that teacher candidates who do not graduate and secure state licensure by December, 31, 2021 will be responsible for all remaining state exams depending upon what they have completed and what they have remaining in coursework and their recommendation to MDE for initial or advanced licensure.
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  • Making an Inquiry or Complaint +

    An inquiry or complaint can be made by letter, telephone, in person or by email. You do not have to give your name when making a complaint. Any MUWPD employee whose duties involve public contact may accept an initial inquiry or complaint against personnel, procedures, or policies. If the inquiry or complaint is about personnel, you should contact the supervisor in charge by calling (662) 241-7777. The supervisor will ensure that your inquiry or complaint is directed to the proper authority.

    If your inquiry or complaint appears to be based on a misunderstanding or a lack of knowledge of acceptable or desired conduct, procedures, or practices, the MUWPD employee may offer an explanation. If you are not satisfied with their explanation, you may insist on speaking with the employee’s Supervisor.

    Please be prepared to provide the date, time, and location of the event; the names of MUWPD employees involved (if known); and the name, address, and telephone number of any possible witnesses.
  • Investigation Procedure +

    Once your inquiry or complaint is received, it will be thoroughly investigated by a person designated by the Chief of Police. The investigation will usually include a review of all applicable reports, policies and procedures, examination of any evidence or medical records, and interviews with all parties and witnesses. A simple inquiry might take only a day to complete, while a complex complaint may take up to thirty (30) days to investigate and review. Any investigation of a complaint requiring more than thirty (30) days to complete must be approved by the Chief of Police.

    If the Investigator determines that an employee violated department policies or procedures, appropriate corrective action is taken.

    The Chief of Police will review the complaint and findings. This review is to assure that the investigation was handled thoroughly and objectively. The Chief’s review will also include looking for ways to improve policies, procedures, and training.
  • Findings +

    If you included your name and contact information with your complaint, you will receive written notification of the Investigator’s findings. There are four possible findings:

    Sustained – The allegation made in the complaint is supported by sufficient evidence.
    Not Sustained – There is insufficient evidence to prove or disproved the allegation made in the complaint.
    Unfounded – The investigation shows that the allegation is false, not factual.
    Exonerated – The investigation shows that the alleged incident did occur, but was justified, lawful and proper under the circumstances.
  • Questions and Answers +

    What happens to an employee if he or she is found to have acted improperly?

    Some instances require disciplinary action such as reprimand, suspension, or even termination. Sometimes training is appropriate. If a crime has been alleged, the County or District Attorney will determine if criminal charges should be filed.

    Do I have any guarantee that I will be satisfied?

    Although we cannot guarantee that you will be satisfied, we do guarantee that your inquiry will be investigated thoroughly. You will be allowed to discuss the results with the Chief of Police or his designee.
  • Commending Exceptional Performance +

    The best way to commend the actions of a MUWPD employee is to write a brief letter describing the incident and the actions you think were exceptional. Information such as the date, time and location will help identify the employee if you do not know his or her name. You may choose to send the written letter via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you choose not to write, you may ask to speak with the individual’s supervisor and make a verbal commendation.

    Commendations received by the Chief of Police are forwarded to the employee with a copy placed in his or her personnel file. Although our employees do not expect to be thanked for everything they do, recognition of exceptional service is always appreciated. This kind of feedback helps us to know if we are doing a good job.
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