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Educator Licensure

Teacher and Administration Preparation

Acceptable Degrees or Coursework for Licensure

The Office of Educator Licensure accepts degrees or coursework from any nationally or regionally accredited institution. Accreditation can be checked from the United States Department of Education website (http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/) or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation website (http://www.chea.org/search/default.asp).  Section 37-3-2 of the Mississippi Code authorizes the Certification Commission and State Board of Education to approve all teacher preparation programs for any license in MS. The Commission does not approve programs completed in other states. If a Mississippi educator completes a degree program in another state with the intention of becoming certified, he/she must provide to the Office of Educator Licensure documentation that the out of state program is approved for licensure in that state.  An “Institutional Program Verification” form can be accepted as documentation and can be found in the “Paper License Application” packet at (http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure/licensure-application-k12).

 

Educator Licensure Resources

 

About Title II - https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx

This website provides information about Title II (Sections 205 through 208) of the Higher Education Act. This website includes secure portals for states and institutions with teacher preparation programs to report Title II data; public access to data about teacher preparation and certification; technical assistance (TA) materials to support the collection, analysis and reporting of Title II data; and contact information for the states and testing companies involved in the Title II data collection process.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (HEOA) was enacted on August 14, 2008, and reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (the HEA). Click here to access Sections 205 through 208 of Title II of the HEA. 

For information on Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), please visit www.ed.gov/programs/teacherqual/index.html.

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 EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAMS (EPP)
DEADLINES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW OR MODIFIED PROGRAMS

EPP approval timeline for fall implementation of a new or modified program.

Deadline to be submitted to the MDE

Deadline for Subcommittee review and recommendations

To be presented to the Licensure Commission

To be presented to the State Board of Education

February 15

March 15

May 15

July 15

EPP approval timeline for spring implementation of a new or modified program.

Deadline to be submitted to the MDE

Deadline for Subcommittee review and recommendations

To be presented to the Licensure Commission

To be presented to the State Board of Education

July 15

August 15

September 15

November 15



Office of Educator Licensure     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-3483     Fax: (601) 359-2778

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