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Education Leadership/Administration- Mississippi

The licensing process, levels of licensure, and routes to licensure in Mississippi are complex and vary depending on the type of teaching license and certification sought by educators. For example, certification requirements vary depending on subjects taught or types of students (i.e. special education). However, there is a standard educator license approved program route for educators in the state of Mississippi. This route grants the teacher a standard educator license, of which there are four classes. These classes and their requirements are demonstrated in the chart below:


Class A Bachelor’s degree in Teacher Education from

a state approved or NCATE approved program

from a regionally/nationally accredited

Praxis II (Principles of Learning and

NTE (Professional Knowledge Test)

Class AA Meet requirements for Class A License

Master’s degree in the endorsement area; OR,

Class AAA Meet requirements for Class A License

Specialist degree in the endorsement area; OR,

Class AAAA Meet requirements for Class A License

Doctoral degree in the endorsement area; OR,

Despite Mississippi being among the states with the harshest teacher certification requirements, its teachers suffer from an epidemic across the nation – low pay. According to Education World (1998) teachers in Mississippi face the among the toughest teacher certification requirements in the country, but trends in the State with respect to education are threatening its ability to retain enough qualified teachers. The Public Educ


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