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APA Process 

On February 15, 2018, the State Board of Education (SBE) granted approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process for the revision of the Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines.   The approved guidelines will be used for implementation in the 2018-19 school year.

Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines

Please note you may submit written comments to Jill Dent, Director of the Office of Early Childhood via email at jdent@mdek12.org or regular mail to 359 North West Street, Jackson, MS 39201, on or before 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2018.

The State Board of Education, on January 18, 2018, approved the Secondary Curriculum for the Mississippi College- and Career- Readiness Standards for the following:

Please note you may submit written comments to Mike Mulvihill, Bureau Director of Career and Technical Education via email at mmulvihill@mdek12.org or regular mail to 359 North West Street, Jackson, MS 39201, on or before 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2018.

Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Notice
Guidelines and Clarification of Requirements for Issuance of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Licenses
              

Office of Teaching and Leading
Office of Secondary Education

On January 18, 2018, the State Board of Education (SBE) granted approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to establish and revise CTE licensure guidelines and endorsement codes as approved by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development. 

The Office of Secondary Education requested the approval to make the revisions below.

    1. I. Endorsement Code – 987 Career Pathway: Digital Media Technology 
      • To remove an occupational competency requirement. The competency has been removed from the curriculum.
    2. II. Special Notes Page
      • To revise special notes for clarification of guidelines
    3. III. Career Pathway: Aquaculture
      • Aquaculture technology is an instructional program designed to prepare students to enter occupations related to the field. Upon completion of the two-year program, graduates may become employed at the entry level or further pursue the field through a postsecondary program. The concepts taught in this program include aquatic animals and plants, basic water management, hatchery and culture methods, and aquatic farm management. Industry standards were adapted from the Career Cluster Resources for Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, which is copyrighted by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education.
      • The curricula and courses for this program of study are undergoing revisions and updates.  Licensure requirements have been modified to align with programs of study revisions.  A primary change for all applicants is completion of a required program of study certification.

Please submit written comments to Dr. Cory Murphy, Office of Teaching and Leading, 359 N. West Street, Post Office Box 771, Jackson, MS 39205-0771. You may also submit comments in writing by e-mail (licensure@mdek12.org) or fax 601-359-2778.

All public comments must be received in the Office of Teaching and Leading no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 25, 2018. APA Comments will be presented to the SBE on March 15, 2018.

State Board of Education Policy
Establishment of Chapter 14, Rule 14.20:
National Accreditation for Mississippi Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs)

               Division of Educator Preparation

On July 14, 2017, the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification, and Licensure and Development approved the recommendation that all Mississippi Educator Preparation Providers undergo national accreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Under present Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) policy, all state funded Educator Preparation Providers must be nationally accredited; however, current State Board policy allows for private institutions to be state level program approved only.  The Division of Educator Preparation requested the SBE enact a policy requiring all Mississippi Educator Preparation Providers, both public and private, be nationally accredited through CAEP.

On January 18, 2018, the State Board of Education (SBE) granted approval to begin the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to establish Chapter 14, Rule 14.20 National Accreditation for Mississippi Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs).

Please submit written comments to Dr. Debra Burson, Office of Educator Preparation, 359 N. West Street, Post Office Box 771, Jackson, MS 39205-0771. You may also submit comments in writing by e-mail (licensure@mdek12.org) or fax 601-359-2778.

All public comments must be received in the Office of Educator Licensure no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 16, 2018. APA Comments will be presented to the SBE on March 15, 2018.

APA Listserv Signup

Section 25-43-3.103 of the Mississippi Code provides requirements for proper filing with the Secretary of State for publication in the Administrative Bulletin.  Beginning March 1, 2015, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will no longer provide courtesy notification of APA submissions.  In order to receive notice of Board approved APA filings, all interested parties will need to make an official request to the MDE by registering your email address with the MDE APA listserv.  Only those who have properly registered will receive notice of agency APA submissions within three (3) days after proper filing with the Secretary of State’s Office.

To sign up for the APA Listserv notifications, click the link below:

Signup to receive APA Notifications



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