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APA Process 

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.

On October 19, 2017, the State Board of Education (SBE) granted approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Process to revise the 2017 Mississippi Testing Accommodations Manual and make those proposed revisions temporary rules.
  • Appendix A – added to clarify read-aloud accommodations for the English II Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP)
  • Appendix B – added to clarify extended time accommodations for students with an official diagnosis of dyslexia for all statewide assessments

Please submit written comments to Vincent Segalini, Office of Student Assessment, 359 N. West Street, Post Office Box 771, Jackson, MS 39205-0771. You may also submit comments in writing by e-mail (vbarton@mdek12.org).

All comments must be received in the Office of Student Assessment no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 11, 2017. APA Comments will be presented to the board on January 18, 2018.

On October 19, 2017, the State Board of Education (SBE) granted approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Process to revise the following language in State Board Policies Chapter 14, Rules 14.6, 14.6.1, and 14.10.

  • Rule 14.6 Commission, Hearings and Appeals – revise statutory language and provide clarification to the policy
  • Rule 14.6.1  Rules for Procedure for Disciplinary Hearings by the Licensure Commission – revise statutory language and duplications, and time frames to schedule hearings and request continuances
  • Rule 14.10 Reporting Infractions, Procedures for Reporting Infraction Under Miss. Code 37-3-2 – revise statutory language and language on the type of reports to be submitted and expanded on for all allegations, infractions and/or offenses cited in the MS Code of 1972 Annotated

Please submit written comments to 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 by fax at 601-359-2778.

All comments must be received in the Office of Educator Licensure no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 5, 2017. APA Comments will be presented to the board on December 14, 2017.

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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