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Mississippi Teacher Certification

You can become a teacher in Mississippi on your own schedule, without quitting your current job or going into debt. Try our teacher certification program free for seven days and see if you are ready to start earning your Mississippi teaching certificate. Enroll anytime and get started to become a Mississippi teacher through our state-approved, nonprofit program.

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Teacher Certifications Offered in Mississippi

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How to Become a Teacher in Mississippi

To earn teacher certification in Mississippi from American Board, candidates will need to meet the following requirements:

1. MUST hold a Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.

2. Have an ACT score of 21 or higher. If you have an ACT score of less than a 21, you must take and pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators examination.

3. Take and pass the Praxis II examination in the subject area you would like to teach.


Once you meet these requirements, you will need to complete the following steps:

1. Complete the American Board program

2. Obtain a teaching position in a Mississippi school

3. Apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a state-issued initial alternate teaching license. This license is only good for one year and is non-renewable.

4. Complete one of the following:

a. Mississippi e-Learning for Educators 8 week online course

b. The Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality Teachers (MAPQT) 3-week summer course

c. 6 hours of MAT (Classroom Management, Tests, and Measurements) graduate-level university courses. Hours can be applied towards a master’s degree.

5. While teaching, complete a one year mentoring program. Mentoring programs are offered at no cost by most MS school districts

6. During your first year of teaching, apply to the Mississippi Board of Education to upgrade your initial alternate teaching license into a state-issued standard teaching license. This license will need to be renewed every five years throughout your career.


For more information on state teaching requirements, visit the Mississippi Board of Education's website or call them at (601) 359-3768. Our team works closely with the BOE to ensure that our alumni have the resources they need to succeed as Mississippi teachers.

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