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Educator Licensure

Welcome to the Division of Educator Licensure! Our mission is to assist all Mississippi current and prospective educators to obtain and maintain standard certification and to implement licensure guidelines set by the Mississippi State Board of Education. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you as you serve the children of Mississippi. On this landing page, you will find applications, forms, and other helpful tools to assist you in navigating the licensure process. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office if we can support you in any way.

Click here for the frequently asked questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on certification requirements.

*ALERT* COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates for Educator Licensure

Please visit our "Licensure Updates" page for information related to licensure processing and test center closures.

**REMINDER**: Please be mindful effective with completed application packets received July 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.  Required forms and additional information found therein, can be accessed via the following web link: [].

Applications received the week of June 21, 2021

Please note that we are experiencing an enormous increase in the number of application requests received. This has caused an increase in the application processing time. To help us in our efforts to  process your application more efficiently, we ask that you please allow at least three to five weeks of processing time before contacting the Division of Educator Licensure to inquire about the status. You may also continue to visit your ELMS account to review the status. As always, we value and appreciate the opportunity to serve you.


Contact Us

Call: 601-359-3483
Call Center Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9:00am- 4:00pm CST

When calling the Division of Educator Licensure to speak with a member of the Licensure Team, please note that the average hold time is between four (4) to seven (7) minutes. Please do not hold the line for longer than ten (10) minutes. Click and request a call back, or try your call again later.
To check the status of your application, log into your ELMS account.