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Where Can I Earn Teaching Certification in Mississippi?

Find out which Mississippi schools offer teacher certification programs. Get information about certifications available and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education.

Would you like to know more about the schools in Mississippi where you can earn teaching certification? This article provides a brief overview of four schools that offer teacher degree programs in the state.

What You Need to Know

Teaching certification in Mississippi is most often available through 4-year universities. You might earn a bachelor's degree in education within a variety of specialization areas, such as elementary, secondary, or special education. Within those areas, various concentrations and endorsements are often available, in addition. Students with a bachelor's degree in another field can work toward a 1-year master's degree in teaching, with specializations in various content areas for either middle-level or secondary teaching. Select courses are offered evenings, online, or in hybrid formats. Student teaching internships are required in all programs.

Bachelor's Degree Programs for Teacher Licensing in Mississippi

Mississippi State University

Most majors in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education at Mississippi State University offer several concentrations. Elementary education majors can concentrate in early childhood, elementary or middle school education and can earn additional endorsements in subjects including art and music. The elementary education degree program is offered on campus and online. Secondary education majors must choose a subject area in which to be certified to teach grades 7-12. Subject areas include English, speech, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, a foreign language or social studies. Special education majors can teach grades K-12. You must pass the Praxis II exam before beginning your teaching internship.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Specializations: Elementary education, secondary education, special education
  • Program Length: Four years full time
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,650, in-state; $23,250, out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: 44 hours of coursework, cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 (2.75 for elementary education), acceptable SAT or ACT or Praxis I scores, 'C' or better in English composition courses and in algebra, quantitative reasoning or higher level math course, criminal background check, letters of recommendation, proof of at least 40 hours of work with children or youth
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 18,490 undergraduates and 3,484 graduates

University of Mississippi

The elementary education program at Ole Miss, as the University of Mississippi is commonly known, prepares you for a K-6 license in elementary education and a K-12 teaching license in mild to moderate disabilities. You can take an additional nine hours of courses and earn a severe to profound disabilities endorsement. The special education option qualifies you for licensing in mild/moderation disabilities and an endorsement in severe/profound disabilities. If you want to teach grades 7-12, you can specialize in English, mathematics, social studies or science. Science offers the options of chemistry, biology or physics. In all these programs, you take a general education core curriculum, then complete education courses and acquire classroom experience through student teaching.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Specializations: Elementary education, special education, secondary education
  • Program Length: Four years full time
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,660, in-state; $24,614, out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: 2.75 GPA for admission to teaching program, acceptable ACT, SAT or Praxis I scores
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 18,007 undergraduates and 4,449 graduates

University of Southern Mississippi

You can earn a license to teach students from kindergarten through high school with programs offered at the University of Southern Mississippi. Aspiring elementary teachers can pursue dual licensure in elementary education and special education. In all the degree programs, your coursework includes teaching theory and methods in addition to courses in your content specialty. You'll complete two student teaching assignments at schools within 60 miles of the university. Some programs offer the opportunity for study abroad.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Specializations: Elementary education, elementary education/special education, education of the deaf, child and family studies (child development), English, instructional technology, special education, biological sciences, chemistry, foreign languages, history, human performance, mathematics, physics, dance education, music education, history
  • Program Length: Four years full time
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,624, in-state; $10,624, out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 11,920 undergraduates and 2,589 graduates

Master's Degree Programs for Teacher Licensing in Mississippi

Mississippi University for Women

Despite its name, the Mississippi University for Women has admitted men for more than 20 years. The Master of Arts in Teaching program qualifies you for certification to teach grades 7-12. You'll complete a full school year in a teaching internship in a nearby school district while taking courses in education theory and practice. You'll need to complete three courses in the summer before you start your internship, and courses are offered in the evenings during the fall and spring semesters to accommodate your teaching schedule.

  • Program Name: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Specializations: Art education, biology, business education, chemistry, English, French, German, home economics, marketing, mathematics, music education, physical education, physics, social studies, speech communications, technology education
  • Program Length: 36 credit hours (roughly one year full time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,940 per year (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited school
  • Admission Requirements: At least a 3.0 GPA, acceptable GRE scores, acceptable Praxis I and II scores, professional recommendations
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 2,505 undergraduates and 206 graduates

Mississippi State University

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is for individuals who hold bachelor's degrees in fields other than education, but who want to change careers and teach. All courses in the MAT-M program are offered online. The program prepares you for licensing to teach grades 4-6 with a 7-12 endorsement in mathematics, science, language arts or social studies. Much of the MAT-S program is online as well. You can earn your license for grades 7-12 chemistry, biology, physics, math, English/language arts, French, Spanish, social studies, business, music, art and physical education. At both levels, you'll be granted a non-renewable license and teach while taking courses for your degree.

  • Program Name: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Specializations: Middle level (MAT-M), secondary (MAT-S)
  • Program Length: 36 credit hours (roughly one year full time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,650, in-state; $23,250, out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited school
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE, acceptable scores on Praxis I and II, GPA of at least 2.75 in undergraduate courses and in your last 60 hours, teaching position in grades 7-12 or 40 hours experience working with youth or children, letters of recommendation
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 18,490 undergraduates and 3,484 graduates

University of Mississippi

This program prepares individuals who have bachelor's degrees that are not in education to become licensed teachers in grades 7-12. You must pass the Praxis II content area test by the time you have completed nine credit hours. You'll complete courses in teaching methods, adolescent learning and issues in education and gain classroom experience through student teaching. Several classes are available online or as hybrid offerings.

  • Program Name: Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Specializations: English, math, social studies, science (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Program Length: 30 credit hours (roughly one year)
  • Tuition: $8,660, in-state; $24,614, out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited school
  • Admissions Requirements: At least 2.75 overall GPA or on last 60 hours of undergraduate work, Praxis I and II, writing sample
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 18,007 undergraduates and 4,449 graduates

Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi University for Women are four universities that offer teaching certification programs.