Interested in teaching in the state of Mississippi? With a Bachelor’s degree and a desire to make a difference, the American Board can help you achieve your dream.


The American Board, also known as The American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), offers a flexible, affordable path to earn your teaching certificate in Mississippi. You can complete our self-paced program online without quitting your job or taking additional college courses.

The American Board is also extremely cost-efficient. Compare the cost of our program (less than $3000 in most cases) to the cost of taking 25-30 credit hours at a state university and it’s no competition.

Plus, we let candidates complete our  teacher preparation program at their own pace. On average, our candidates take 8-10 months to complete the program.


To use a certificate from the American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence to teach in the state of Mississippi, candidates will need to meet the following requirements*:

1. Earn a 21 or above on the ACT OR earn a passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators examination.

2. Earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA on your Bachelor’s degree/2.75 GPA in your major OR pass the Praxis Subject Assessments exam (Praxis II) in your subject area.

*Requirements are new as of September 30, 2015. Contact the Mississippi Department of Education for further information on these details.

Once you meet these requirements, you will need to complete the following steps:

1. Complete the ABCTE program

2. Obtain a teaching position in a Mississippi school

3. Apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a state-issued initial alternate teaching license. This license is only good for one year and is non-renewable.

4. Complete one of the following:

a. Mississippi e-Learning for Educators 8 week online course

b. The Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality Teachers (MAPQT) 3-week summer course

c. 6 hours of MAT (Classroom Management, Tests, and Measurements) graduate-level university courses. Hours can be applied towards a master’s degree.

5. While teaching, complete a one year mentoring program. Mentoring programs are offered at no cost by most MS school districts

6. During your first year of teaching, apply to the Mississippi Board of Education to upgrade your initial alternate teaching license into a state-issued standard teaching license. This license will need to be renewed every five years throughout your career.

Learn more about alternate teacher certification on the Mississippi Department of Education’s website.


The Mississippi Department of Education approved the American Board as a route to full teacher licensure in 2006. The Mississippi Department of Education fully recognizes the American Board certification for all school districts and charter schools in the state. Learn more about our partner districts here.

We offer certifications in a variety of subjects. Choose a subject below to learn more about the requirements to teach that subject:

Biology (7-12)
Chemistry (7-12)
English Language Arts (7-12)
Mathematics (7-12)
Physics (7-12)


Select the subject area of your choice above or Enroll Now!

Call 1-877-669-2228 (option 1) to speak with a representative of the American Board for answers to any questions you may have.

To learn more about the American Board program, attend a free information session in your area. See the list of upcoming events here.

No event in your area? Check out our pre-recorded Information Session by clicking here.

You can also email us at

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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