Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Mississippi
School districts across Mississippi are currently recruiting qualified personnel. This means that the state has many job opportunities for aspiring teachers. To help you launch your teaching career in Mississippi now, ToBecomeATeacher.org has compiled all the information and insights you will need to get started and eventually find a rewarding job:
1. Choosing a Program: First, you will need to find an education program that supports your budget and your career goals.
- ToBecomeATeacher.org appreciates just how difficult it can be to find a program that fits your needs and budget. The first step is to ask the right questions along the way. What matters to you most as a student? What specializations do you wish to pursue? Is cost a major consideration? What about the program’s graduation rate or history of job placement for graduates? Asking the right questions and doing ample research upfront will help you find a program that meets your needs.
2. Planning for Licensure in Mississippi: To become a teacher in Mississippi, you’ll need to complete at least a bachelor’s degree and a teacher preparation program or alternative pathway to teacher licensure. You will also need to write and pass the appropriate Praxis exams for your level and subject fields.
3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed an education program and passed the applicable exams, you will be ready to launch your job search and find a teaching job that is right for you.
- Once again, this is a moment when asking the right questions counts. Are you interested in working in an urban or rural school district? Are you interested in working in one of the state’s high-needs schools? If so, what special experiences and training can you bring to a high-needs school? Throughout the process, it is also important to continue developing your resume, expanding your education by seizing available professional development opportunities and gaining additional teaching experience. The more current you are when you go on the job market, the more likely you will be to secure a job shortly after graduation.
Choosing an Education Program in Mississippi
ToBecomeATeacher.org appreciates that choosing the right program can be challenging. To assist you with this task, we have streamlined the process. Using a complex algorithmic tool developed to respond to the specific needs of aspiring teachers, we have reviewed, tested and documented the top education programs available in the State of Mississippi for 2015. Our testing criteria include several specific elements that will permit a student to determine which school is the best fit for their path, including total expense, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, return on investment and much more.
Every school ToBecomeATeacher.org lists below is committed to the pursuit of excellence and has shown exemplary dedication to education of the highest caliber. These programs comprise Mississippi’s very best. Find out which ones stand above the rest by reviewing the information posted below.
Mississippi University for Women
Mississippi Valley State University
Jackson State University
Alcorn State University
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Mississippi
Delta State University
Mississippi State University
William Carey University
|#||Name||Expense Score||Acceptance Rate Score||Graduation Rate Score||ROI/Value Score||Student to Faculty Score|
|1||Mississippi University for Women||9.4||7||5.49||9.4||5.7|
|2||Mississippi Valley State University||8.8||9.1||3.63||2.6||5.7|
|3||Jackson State University||7.6||4.9||6.25||2||4.3|
|4||Alcorn State University||8.2||3.1||4.99||3.3||3.1|
|5||University of Southern Mississippi||6.3||4.8||7.11||5.4||3.1|
|7||University of Mississippi||5.7||5.5||8.71||8.1||0.61|
|8||Delta State University||6.9||2.4||5.42||8.7||1.8|
|9||Mississippi State University||5.1||4.9||8.92||7.4||0.61|
|10||William Carey University||2.5||6.5||8.99||6.1||5.7|
Ranking Factors Explained
Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.
How to Become a Teacher in Mississippi
There are several pathways to teacher licensure in Mississippi; the three most common pathways are outlined below:
- Pathway 1: The most common pathway is to complete a bachelor’s degree in education at one of the state’s many colleges of education and the state’s required exams, which include either the ACT or Praxis Core exam and applicable Praxis II exams for one’s subject areas.
- Pathway 2: Another option is to complete a bachelor’s degree or higher and then complete an approved teacher preparation program and the state’s required exams (ACT or Praxis Core and the applicable Praxis II exams).
- Pathway 3: The third pathway is to choose one of Missisippi’s four alternative pathways to teacher licensure. There are four options that enable candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree and have passed the ACT or Praxis Core and applicable Praxis II exams to teach full-time while certifying as a Mississippi teacher. Details about the state’s Master of Arts in Teaching Alternative Route, Mississippi Alternative Path to Quality Teachers, Teach Mississippi Institute, and American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence options appear on the Mississippi DOE website.
What is the Job Outlook for Teachers in Mississippi?
In 2015, there were 1,250 kindergarten teachers, 15,140 elementary teachers, 5,999 middle school teachers and 9,430 high school teachers in the State of Mississippi. Like many southern states, Mississippi continues to experience critical teacher shortages, especially in rural and high-needs schools, and in specific subject areas. In 2015, nearly one third of the state’s counties were experiencing critical teacher shortages. In addition, across counties, mathematics, science, foreign language and special education teachers were in high demand. To help attract candidates to the teaching profession and to encourage qualified teachers to teach in areas where there is a critical shortage of teachers, the state has introduced educator incentives, including fellowships for pre-service teachers and moving and housing grants for teachers willing to relocate to areas of the state where teacher shortages persist.
What resources do teachers have to help them during their careers in Mississippi?
- The primary governing agency for education in Mississippi is the Mississippi Department of Education.
- Mississippi teachers are represented by two statewide teacher organizations: Mississippi Association of Educators and the Mississippi Professional Educators.
- Mississippi teachers are also represented by several regional teacher organizations, including the Jackson Federation of Educators.
- Community and school partnerships are promoted by the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education.
- Subject-specific organizations in the State of Mississippi include the Mississippi Educational Computing Association and the Mississippi Art Education Association.
What online programs are available to potential teachers in the State of Mississippi?
Mississippi offers many online programs in education, including online programs leading to teacher lincensure. At Mississippi State University, it is possible to complete a bachelor’s degree in Technology Teacher Educator that leads to teacher licensure. For aspiring Mississippi teachers pursuing one of the state’s many alternative routes, they also offer an online Master of Arts in Teaching with streams designed for both middle and secondary level teachers. The School of Education at the University of Mississippi offers online master’s degrees in early childhood education and elementary education. For in-service teachers hoping to acquire additional qualifications, the University of Southern Mississippi offers M.Eds in Curriculum and Instruction and Administration and Supervision.