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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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