In recent months, there have been several changes to licensure and admission requirements for teacher education. Please see these changes below:
Students Admitted to Phase 2 of Teacher Education
Effectively immediately, the requirement of a twenty-one (21) on the ACT or passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators is suspended for all teacher candidates seeking admission to traditional educator preparation programs on or before December 31, 2021.
- Undergraduate students may be admitted to the traditional teacher education program (Phase II) without meeting the Praxis Core/ACT/SAT requirement if admitted by 12/31/21. If you have changed your major due to not being able to meet this requirement in the past, you may now be admitted for Phase II if you would like to pursue Elementary Education.
Students Admitted to MAT-S (Alternate Route; Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education):
- Effective immediately, the requirement of a twenty-one (21) on the ACT or passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators is suspended for all individuals seeking admission to non-traditional (alternate route) educator preparation programs on or before December 31, 2021. If you have a Bachelor’s degree, you may now be admitted to the MAT-S (Alternate Route) program to teach in middle or high school without submitting test scores.
- Individuals must show proficiency in the content area by meeting one of the following: a bachelor’s degree in the area of licensure sought OR a bachelor’s degree in any area with 18 hours of undergraduate/graduate coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in the area of licensure sought (remedial courses won’t count) OR at least a bachelor’s degree in any area and a passing score on the appropriate Subject Area Assessment.
Licensure Exams (Praxis PLT, Praxis Subject Area Content, Foundations of Reading—Typically Required to be taken before admission to Phase III/Internship:
- Applicants for Mississippi Department of Education licensure as educators or administrators who have completed a traditional or non-traditional (alternate route) program from an education preparation program will not be required to submit evidence of licensure testing requirements including Praxis Content, PLT, and Foundations of Reading in order to obtain a Five-Year Standard license. In order for these exams to be waived, the MDE must receive a complete application for the Five-Year Standard license by 12/31/21.
- This means that any teacher candidate who completes internship by fall 2021 and is recommended for a Five-Year Standard license will NOT have to take the PLT, FOR, or Praxis Subject Area Content exams for admittance to Phase III or for licensure.
M.S. & Ed.S. Degrees in Elementary Education and Counseling
GRE requirements for summer applications are waived for all graduate degree programs.
If you are interested in learning more about your options in PK-12 Education, please contact the following individuals for more information:
Undergraduate Elementary Education Degree (with option for Special Education Licensure):
601-227-4984 (Google Voice)
Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education (middle & high school licensure) & Graduate Degrees in Counseling & Elementary Ed: