Teacher Certification in Mississippi

With a Bachelor’s degree in hand and a desire to make a difference, the American Board can help you become a teacher in Mississippi. In July 2006 , the Mississippi Department of Education approved the American Board as a route to full teacher licensure. The Mississippi Department of Education fully recognizes American Board certification for all school districts and charter schools in the state.

Why Choose the American Board?

The American Board offers a flexible, affordable route to earn your Mississippi teaching certificate. You can complete our self-paced program online without quitting your job or taking additional college courses.

With the American Board, you can earn your Mississippi teacher certification in a manner that is both cost-effective and efficient, compared to the cost of an education degree in Mississippi. On average, candidates take 8-10 months to complete the program. We provide a variety of resources to help prepare you for exams including online workshops, practice tests, and support from our advising team.

We want you to meet Angela Moore, a Mississippi mother of three who became certified through the American Board’s flexible program and biology teacher Traci Brown, who holds the distinction of having received the 1000th the American Board certification.

Learn more about our partner districts and Mississippi teaching jobs.

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State Requirements

To use the ABCTE program to obtain a teaching certificate in Mississippi, you will need to:

1. Complete ABCTE’s certification program

    a. Certificate should be used within 3 years
    b. ABCTE certificate is used in step 2 below

Mississippi Department of Education Requirements for using the ABCTE certificate ( )

1. Obtain a teaching position in a Mississippi school

2. Apply to MS Department of Education for a One-Year Alternate (non-renewable) Route License

3. Complete one year mentoring program. Mentoring programs are offered at no cost by most MS school districts

4. Complete one of the following:

a. Mississippi e-Learning for Educators


b. The MS Alternate Path to Quality Teachers 3-week summer sponsored by the MS Community College Foundation


c. 6 hrs. of initial graduate-level university courses (Classroom Management, Tests, and Measurements)

5. Apply for a Five-Year Alternate Route License

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Please note: while we do our best to stay current with state requirements, we are not responsible for any changes to state, district, and school regulations.

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