Overview of Mississippi Testing Requirements
How to qualify for licensure
For initial certification in Mississippi, all candidates must:
- Earn a baccalaureate degree
- Complete an approved program of teacher education OR an alternate route program
- Pass the Praxis tests for their certification area
Visit the Educator Licensure home page of the Mississippi Department of Education for comprehensive licensure guidelines.
- ETS discontinued paper-delivered testing; however, Praxis tests will continue to be available in a paper-delivered format as required for ADA accommodations. All scores for previously administered paper-delivered tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken.
- Mississippi requires a Social Security number (SSN) in order to process educator certification paperwork. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes, but will submit it to Mississippi with your test results. Failure to provide your SSN could delay processing of your certification application.
- If you test in Mississippi at a test center or at home, and your Praxis profile address is in Mississippi, your score report will be sent automatically to the Mississippi Department of Education.
- If you test outside Mississippi or your Praxis profile address is not in Mississippi, your scores are NOT automatically sent to the Mississippi Department of Education. To have your scores sent to the Mississippi Department of Education, you must select the Mississippi Department of Education (state code 7599) as a score recipient when you register.
- For all methods of Praxis testing, to request additional score reports you must select the Mississippi Department of Education (state code 7599) with each additional score report request.
Who must take the tests?
Teacher candidates or those wishing to become certified must take the Praxis tests.
Prior to entering an educator preparation program at your college or university, you may be required to take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests to demonstrate your qualifications. Alternate route teacher candidates are required to take the Core tests for educator licensure.
Teacher education program graduates for all content areas must pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test that most closely matches the grade levels of the license sought. The PLT test is not required for alternate route candidates.
In Mississippi, both traditional and alternate route candidates must take the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments for each area of certification sought.
Frequently asked questions
To find answers to frequently asked questions about educator licensure, please visit the Mississippi Department of Education, Educator Licensure page.
From this website, you can easily navigate to information on Mississippi educator licensure, including:
- types of licenses
- highly qualified status
- alternative route programs
- licensure guidelines
- Praxis test information