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APA Process 

On December 14, 2017, the State Board of Education (SBE) granted approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to revise the Licensure Guidelines K-12 to include:

    1. Criteria for the Discontinued Test/Adjusted Score Policy
      1. On November 3, 2017, the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development granted approval to establish criteria for the Discontinued Test/Adjusted Score Policy.
      2. Effective September 1 of the year that a new version of a Mississippi-approved assessment in the Mississippi Educator Licensure Assessment Program (MELAP) is implemented, passing scores from the most recently discontinued version of the assessment will be accepted for up to two (2) years from the date the assessment was discontinued. The most recently discontinued version of the assessment shall have been taken and passed on or before August 31 of the year the new version is implemented.
    2.  Alternative Qualifications for Non-Education Prospective Superintendents of Education
      1. On November 3, 2017 and December 4, 2017, the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development provided feedback on the stakeholder recommendations and approved the proposed qualifications.
      2. Senate Bill No. 2398 of the 2017 legislative session, as codified now in Miss. Code Ann. §37-9-13, charged the Mississippi State Board of Education with the development of alternative qualifications for non-education prospective local superintendents of education.

All comments must be received to in the Office of Educator Licensure no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 15, 2018. APA Comments will be presented to the SBE on January 18, 2018.

On November 9, 2017, the State Board of Education (SBE) granted approval of a temporary rule and to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to revise the Licensure Guidelines K-12 to include:

    1. Special, Non-renewable License
      1. Special, Non-renewable License for specific traditional teacher preparation program completers
        1. The special, non-renewable license for specific traditional teacher preparation program completers provides local school district officials with the ability to employ a candidate who has completed all requirements of a Mississippi State Board of Education approved traditional teacher education preparation program except achieving a passing score on all Mississippi required licensure tests on or after January 1, 2014.
      2. Special, Non-renewable License for prospective non-traditional teacher preparation program completers
        1. The special, non-renewable license for prospective non-traditional teacher preparation program completers provides local school officials with the ability to employ a candidate who has the potential to obtain a standard Mississippi teaching license by the completion of a Mississippi State Board of Education approved alternate route teacher education preparation program.
      3. Special, Non-renewable License for Adjunct teachers
        1. The special, non-renewable license for Adjunct Teachers can be requested for an individual who meets one of the following pre-conditions in addition to criteria outlined in the subsequent sections:
            1. a) Specific knowledge, skills, and experience in an engineering, medical, dental, pharmaceutical, veterinarian, legal, accounting, or any other professional position approved by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE); or
            2. b) Instructional experience at a Mississippi Department of Education accepted accredited college or university; and
            3. c) Who is eligible to provide instruction in one or more of the following certification fields: English, Reading, Mathematics, Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, History, Psychology, Geography, Social Studies, Economics, Art, Music, Behavioral Science, foreign language fields, and the fields of Dance and Drama.
      All of the above special, non-renewable licenses are one-year licenses that can only be requested by an employing local school district or an eligible nonpublic school in the state of Mississippi for up to three (3) years for a candidate who has not met all certification requirements under the Miss. Code Ann. § 37-3-2(6)(a), (b), and (c), at the time the application is submitted to the Office of Educator Licensure. This licensure option provides local school district officials with the ability to employ candidates who possess the potential to earn full educator certification while temporarily addressing the ongoing teacher shortage.

    2. One (1) Year Teacher Intern License
        The proposed name change (from Intern License to Pre-service License) and revisions to current criteria of the One (1) Year Teacher Intern License will provide a statewide structure to organize procedures related to pre-service teachers once admitted to a state approved educator preparation program.  Such procedures are designed to:

        • Protect the health, safety, and general welfare of students and educators;
        • Provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to practice/demonstrate knowledge and skills;
        • Standardize the criminal background check process across the state for pre-service teachers eliminating those who are not eligible or suited to the profession;
        • Assist pre-service educators in understanding the Mississippi Educator Code of Ethics, Standards of Conduct and hold them accountable under the Code; and
        • Require attainment of the Pre-Service License for anyone participating in field experiences and student teaching in Mississippi schools (to include candidates in Mississippi and out-of-state educator preparation programs).
      Please submit written comments to Dr. Cory Murphy, Office of Educator Licensure, 359 N. West Street, Post Office Box 771, Jackson, MS 39205-0771. You may also submit comments in writing by e-mail (licensure@mdek12.org) or fax 601-359-2778.

      All comments must be received to in the Office of Educator Licensure no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 29, 2017. APA Comments will be presented to the SBE on January 18, 2018.

APA Listserv Signup

Section 25-43-3.103 of the Mississippi Code provides requirements for proper filing with the Secretary of State for publication in the Administrative Bulletin.  Beginning March 1, 2015, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will no longer provide courtesy notification of APA submissions.  In order to receive notice of Board approved APA filings, all interested parties will need to make an official request to the MDE by registering your email address with the MDE APA listserv.  Only those who have properly registered will receive notice of agency APA submissions within three (3) days after proper filing with the Secretary of State’s Office.

To sign up for the APA Listserv notifications, click the link below:

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