Educator Licensure 

The mission of the Office of Educator Licensure is to assist all Mississippi public school educators and prospective educators to obtain and maintain standard certification and licensure and to implement licensure guidelines set by the Certification Commission and State Board of Education. Prospective educators in Mississippi can obtain certification through:

  • traditional teacher and administrator education programs
  • alternative teacher and administrator certification programs
  • reciprocity

Licensure Application Status

The Office of Educator Licensure (OEL) works diligently to review and process all licensure requests submitted to the office. Due to the high volume of requests this time of year, we appreciate your patience as we work to respond to your inquires. To help with the process, if you would like for someone to contact you within 48 hours, please e-mail us your request to this address . Please include your Educator ID number instead of your Social Security Number on all communications to maintain the security of your information.

Please note that you may view the tests and/or the names of documents received by logging into the Mississippi Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS) and clicking on “Images” from the “Educator Options” Menu on the left of your credentials screen. After reviewing documentation received, you will receive an e-mail (if applicable) of additional documentation that may be needed or that your license has been issued.

Office of Educator Licensure     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-3483     Fax: (601) 359-2778

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