Below are important updates related to educator licensure policies and/or procedures. Should you have questions, please contact a member of our team at email@example.com.
- Memorandum- Guidelines for Mississippi State Board of Education Approved Educator Preparation Providers Recommending Candidates for Licensure Under 2020 COVID-19 Test Suspension Post December 31, 2021
- Memorandum- Guidance for Applicants Seeking to Obtain Educator Licensure under 2020 COVID-19 Admission and Licensure Test Suspension Provision After December 31, 2021
- Memorandum- Division of Educator Licensure- Application Supporting Documentation Submission Process
- Memorandum- Division of Educator Licensure- 2020-2021 Compendium of Updates and Reminders
- Memorandum-Licensure-Track Preparation Programs Completed Outside of Mississippi- Policy Implementation Clarification
- Memorandum- Division of Educator Licensure- Temporary Guidance Regarding Certain Qualifications for Appointment of Prospective Mississippi Local Superintendents of Education
- 2019-2020 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Memo - August 2019
- Special Non-Renewable License One Year Reprieve Memo - July 2019
- Memorandum Notice of Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Assessments Changes - June 2019
- Praxis Core Assessments General Information Test Preparation Flyer - June 2019
- Division of Educator Licensure Updates-Reminders Memo - March 2019
- OTL Division Updates for HR Directors-EPPs - February 2019
- ELMS Enhancements Launch Memo - January 2019
- WK Kellogg Grant - Proposed Teacher Licensure Pathways Pilot Studies - December 2018
- OTL Division Updates HR Directors - EPPs - October 2018
- Discontinuation of Educator Licensure Application Drop off - Walk in Service - August 2018
- Mathematics 5161 Passing Score Adjustment Memo - May 2018
- Notice of Acceptance of CEUs Earned During Certain Renewal Cycles Memo - March 2018
- Notice of Change in Division of Educator Licensure Call Center Hours of Operation Memo - February 2018
Automatic One-Year Extension
The Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval on February 25, 2021 to suspend licensure renewal requirements for all licenses scheduled to expire on June 30, 2021 and granted a one-year extension for all licenses with a June 30, 2021 expiration date.
All license types set to expire on June 30, 2021 have been automatically extended to June 30, 2022. This includes teacher, administrator, instructional support personnel, and local district requested licenses. Educators do not need to apply for the one-year extension. All licenses set to expire on June 30, 2021 have been automatically extended for one year in the Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS).
License holders have the one-year extension to engage in professional learning opportunities to meet requirements for maintaining, converting, or obtaining the standard Mississippi license.
How to Invalidate a Local District-Requested License
Local school districts are to follow the normal procedure of submitting a formal letter to the MDE Division of Educator Licensure to request the invalidation of a district-requested license if an individual holding a district-requested license voluntarily or involuntarily separates from the district for any reason, at any time. This means districts must submit letters for any individuals holding a district-requested license who will not be offered a new contract for the 2021-2022 school year. This includes district-requested license holders whose licenses have been extended to June 30, 2022. Please email invalidation request letters to Dr. Cory Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Request to Invalidate Local District Requested License” in the subject line.
Programs Completed Outside the State of Mississippi
Effective February 22, 2021, prospective and practicing educators seeking to obtain initial licensure in the state of Mississippi by way of completion of a program outside of Mississippi, shall first be licensed in the state where the preparation occurred. Upon obtaining the out-of-state license, the candidate shall submit an application with required supporting documentation to the MDE Division of Educator Licensure for the purpose of determining eligibility to obtain a Mississippi license via Reciprocity guidelines in effect on the date the complete application is received by the MDE.
Verification of Lawful Presence
New Requirement: On December 17, 2020, the Mississippi Board of Education granted approval to amend the current licensure application process to include procedures for verifying an applicant's lawful presence in the United States.
Effective with applications received January 1, 2021 and thereafter, Citizens of the United States are required to submit appropriate documentation for verification once during their next most immediate licensure application submission. Non-US citizens are required to submit appropriate documentation for verification with each licensure application submission, or when their United States Citizenship and Immigration Services documents expire, whichever comes first. Licensure application(s) shall not be processed if the applicant fails to answer the request for documentation required for verification of lawful presence in the United States.
Any initial or renewable license issued to an applicant who is not a United States citizen shall expire in accordance with the appropriate validity date required by a particular license type but, shall not exceed the expiration date of the applicant's authorized stay in the United States, whichever is the lesser period of time. A change in a Non-US citizen’s lawful presence status will affect his/her ability to receive or continue to hold a Mississippi educator license.
It shall be the responsibility of the prospective or practicing educator to obtain and provide the MDE with required documentation regarding his/her United States citizenship or lawful presence status. Required forms and additional information found therein, can be accessed via the following web link: https://www.mdek12.org/OEL/Forms.