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Educator Talent Acquisition & Effectiveness

How to become a teacher

If you are a teacher or want to become one, the Division of Educator Talent Acquisition is for you. We encourage caring, committed individuals to teach and provide career-long support for a rewarding experience. Ultimately, our goal is to help Mississippi children get the education they deserve. We collaborate with school districts, colleges, universities, businesses, and communities to promote the vital role of educators.

Are you ready to teach but need assistance? Complete an interest form to get the help you need. Please submit this form via email to or mail to the address listed on the form.

Why Teach?

Great retirement. Career advancement opportunities. And two months of summer vacation. Not to mention a powerful way to make a difference! Check out these benefits and incentives for even more reasons to teach.

Certification & Licensure

Mississippi offers three paths to teacher certification: Traditional, Alternative Route, and Reciprocity. For details on getting or renewing your license, visit the Office of Educator Licensure page.
Learn more about the options available for Praxis Core preparation.

Scholarships & Loan Forgiveness

Get details about these and other financial benefits you could be eligible for, and learn how to take advantage of them.

Critical Shortage Areas 

Job hunting? Consider employment in a geographical shortage school district. 2018-2019 MS Critical Shortage Designations


General Information
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
1525 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 700
Arlington, VA 22209
Business Phone: (703) 465-2700
Candidate Support Line: 1-800-22TEACH


Support is provided to candidates by the following professional organizations:

Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE)
Joyce Helmick, President or Tyrone Hendrix, Executive Director
Phone: (601) 354-4463
Email: or  

Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE)
Kelly Riley, Executive Director
Phone: (601) 355-5517