School Teacher Requirements in Mississippi, MS

Mississippi, ranking 31th in population, has 493,540 students. There are 1,055 public schools, broken down into 447 elementary, 189 middle, and 282 high schools. Mississippi’s SAT scores have remained right about the national average the last few years, which is impressive considering a large majority of students take the test each year. Mississippi has a graduation rate of 71% which is above average, and maintains an average high school to college enrollment ratio.

Mississippi Teacher Certification Requirements:

  • Class A Teaching Certificate (valid for 5 years)
  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Complete an approved Mississippi Teacher Preparation Program
  • Take and pass the Praxis I: Basic Skills Test
  • Take and Pass the Praxis II subject test in desired course material
  • Fulfill state fingerprinting requirements
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete the certification application packed, including transcripts, certifications, and references
  • Pay any applicable fees

Some districts may require additional training and certification.

Mississippi Employment Outlook for Teachers:

Mississippi is currently hiring teachers, but has been struggling with budget issues over the last few years. As such Mississippi is looking for highly qualified teachers, and as such receiving National Board Certification not only makes your resume more attractive but gives you the opportunity for salary increase. There are a few sites online the school districts have posted job offerings for, specific to school and district, however most listed positions are looking for teachers with past experience and high qualifications. The teaching industry has proved to be a relatively stable job market, and even through the turbulent job market of the recession Mississippi teachers faired well. As in any state, it is a good idea to have a Masters or PhD as that is certainly an eye catcher for prospective employers, as well as increased salary opportunities.

Misssissippi Teacher Salary Expectation:

Mississippi is down from 45th to 47th ranked nationally in salary with the average teacher making $41,510 in 2009-2010 (according to Student enrollment in Mississippi has been growing steadily over the last few years and is projected to continue as such, meaning teachers will continue to be needed. Although Mississippi has one of the lowest teacher salaries in the nation, the cost of living in Mississippi is also fairly low which helps recoup some of the lost salary. Also by getting highly qualified teaching statues you have the ability to potentially increase your salary.