Educator Licensure

Licensure Updates

The Office of Educator Licensure (OEL) is now offering access to original teaching certificates in the Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS). The original certificates can be printed by logging into the educator’s ELMS account and selecting the option that says “View your credentials here.”  Once in the account, the educator can select the yellow link bar that says “click here to view virtual certificate” just below the educator’s contact information.  

As a result of the original certificates now being available online, the OEL will no longer automatically mail original certificates to educators. An individual may request a duplicate copy of a license by applying online and paying with a debit or credit card or by submitting a completed Licensure Application and a $5 money order (Personal checks not accepted) to the Mississippi Department of Education; Office of Educator Licensure; P.O. Box 771; Jackson, MS 39205. 

The OEL asks that all educators verify the accuracy of the personal information within ELMS, paying special attention to email addresses.  Email is the quickest and most efficient way for the OEL to communicate with the educator if there is a deficiency with the application, or to notify the educator once the licensure request has been processed.  

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the OEL at 601-359-3483.

Praxis Test Updates

  • Beginning 09/01/2013, ETS will replace the current Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) with the new Core Academic Skills Test (CASE). The Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. During the transition to the new Core Academic Skills Test, the Office of Educator Licensure will continue to accept passing PPST scores through December 31, 2013, from applicants who meet all other licensure qualifications as listed in the Licensure Guidelines K-12.

    NEW PRAXIS TEST-Core Academic Skills for Educators

  • Please note that as of August 16, 2013, the State Board of Education approved the following regenerated Praxis tests and recommended passing scores as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development (See Table 1.1).


Table 1.1 Regenerated Praxis II Test Subject/Grades

Current Test



Test Code


Cut Score

Mathematics 7-12




Mathematics 7-8




English 7-12




English 7-8




Emotional Disability K-12






Educator Licensure Resources

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

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