Teacher Licensure

To obtain a Mississippi teaching license in any subject area, individuals must complete a teacher licensure program. Programs are available at the graduate level and undergraduate level.

There are also alternate route programs that allow individuals to teach full time while completing teacher licensure requirements. To qualify for an alternative program individuals must have a four year degree from an accredited college, and must pass the PRAXIS I and II exams.

MSTTT will counsel you on determining a certification area based on your interests, review your college transcripts, and advise you on the need for teachers in specific certification areas. We will provide study materials and advice on funding options.

Teacher Education Programs

Mississippi degree programs and approved endorsements along with other colleges and universities with teacher education programs may be accessed at this link.
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure

Alternate Route Programs

A comprehensive list of state approved alternate route programs is available at this link.
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure/alternate-route-programs

Praxis Testing

Mississippi requires that all educators pass a rigorous test to comply with licensure guidelines and with the No Child Left Behind standards. The PRAXIS series, offered through the Educational Testing Service, are the tests approved by the Mississippi State Board of Education. This link gives a list of Praxis exams approved in Mississippi as well as ETS contact information
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure/praxis-test-information

Vocational Licensure

To obtain a vocational license in the state of Mississippi, one must first acquire a teaching position at a local vocational center. Once a teaching position has been secured, an application must be completed and signed by the vocational center director and sent with attachments to the appropriate personnel, as indicated in the application packet. Individuals with a high school diploma up to a doctoral degree may apply for licensure. Depending on the highest degree earned, one must establish expertise in the field to which he/she wishes to teach by documenting a specified number of years of experience in that field.

http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure/career-and-technical-education-information

Troops to Teachers

The Troops to Teachers (TTT) program enriches the quality of American education by placing mature , motivated, experienced, and dedicated individuals in our nation’s classrooms. Thousands of military retirees, separating active duty, and currently drilling members of the reserve components are discovering new and rewarding careers in teaching our nation’s children. Veterans who become public school teachers are “proud to serve again.”

Background and Goals

TTT was established in 1994 as a Department of Defense program. In 2001 the No Child Left Behind Act mandated the continuation of TTT. TTT is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) in Pensacola, FL.

Reflecting the focus of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the primary goal of TTT is to help recruit quality teachers for schools that serve low-income families throughout America. TTT helps relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other high-need subject areas. TTT assists military personnel in making a successful transition to second careers in teaching.

Pending availability of funds, financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals as stipends up to 5,000 dollars to help pay for teacher certification costs, or as bonuses of 10,000 dollars to teachers in schools serving a high percentage of students from low-income families. Participants who accept the stipend or bonus must agree to teach for three years in schools that serve students from low income families in accordance with the authorizing legislation.

Program Eligibility

The Mississippi Troops to Teachers office will assist you in identifying licensing pathways, teaching opportunities and understanding our state’s certification requirements. If you want to be a teacher, MS TTT wants to help you!

To determine your eligibility for program funding, click here.

Troops to Teachers

What We Do

The Mississippi Troops to Teachers program believes in providing you with the best support and services possible. Our mission is to provide counseling, referral, placement, and financial assistance to military personnel interested in building second careers as teachers. We strive to develop a customized plan for each teacher candidate to help you reach your teaching goals.

After completing the licensure process, we will provide you with job placement services, trained mentors, subject area professional development, technology, and practical classroom management training throughout your first three years of teaching.

Check out the benefits of the Mississippi Troops to Teachers program.

Teach Mississippi Now – Financial Benefits!

  • Generous monetary incentives for eligible participants
  • Additional bonuses for critical shortage subject areas: (Math, Science, Foreign Languages and Special Education)
  • Military Public Employee Retirement Service Plan (up to four years credit for active military service)
  • Additional service credit for military instructors

Additional Teaching Benefits in Mississippi

  • Paid personal and medical leave
  • Generous year-round breaks that follow the school calendar year, with about two months of summer vacation
  • Medical insurance: free to employees, with immediate coverage beginning on date of hire
  • Career advancement opportunities statewide
  • Employment opportunities statewide

Troops to Teachers

Teacher Licensure

To obtain a Mississippi teaching license in any subject area, individuals must complete a teacher licensure program. Programs are available at the graduate level and undergraduate level.

There are also alternate route programs that allow individuals to teach full time while completing teacher licensure requirements. To qualify for an alternative program individuals must have a four year degree from an accredited college, and must pass the PRAXIS I and II exams.

MSTTT will counsel you on determining a certification area based on your interests, review your college transcripts, and advise you on the need for teachers in specific certification areas. We will provide study materials and advice on funding options.

Teacher Education Programs

Mississippi degree programs and approved endorsements along with other colleges and universities with teacher education programs may be accessed at this link.
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure

Alternate Route Programs

A comprehensive list of state approved alternate route programs is available at this link.
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure/alternate-route-programs

Praxis Testing

Mississippi requires that all educators pass a rigorous test to comply with licensure guidelines and with the No Child Left Behind standards. The PRAXIS series, offered through the Educational Testing Service, are the tests approved by the Mississippi State Board of Education. This link gives a list of Praxis exams approved in Mississippi as well as ETS contact information.http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure/praxis-test-information

Vocational Licensure

To obtain a vocational license in the state of Mississippi, one must first acquire a teaching position at a local vocational center. Once a teaching position has been secured, an application must be completed and signed by the vocational center director and sent with attachments to the appropriate personnel, as indicated in the application packet. Individuals with a high school diploma up to a doctoral degree may apply for licensure. Depending on the highest degree earned, one must establish expertise in the field to which he/she wishes to teach by documenting a specified number of years of experience in that field.

http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure/career-and-technical-education-information

Troops to Teachers

Getting Hired

Teacher Placement Service

The Mississippi Teacher Center operates a job placement service that maintains a database of prospective teachers/administrators and district job vacancies.  The goal of the placement services is to provide Mississippi school districts with a pool of certified prospective teachers.  If you are seeking employment as a teacher or an administrator, you may enter your information to be reviewed by school district personnel by clicking the following link (this is a secure site).
A monthly vacancy list is provided to prospective educators. Mississippi school district personnel are encouraged to report current vacancies to us each month. Click here to view the latest vacancy list.

Mississippi Career Fair for Educators

Click here for the times and dates of the Mississippi Career Fair for Educators event.

School District Websites and Local Teacher Career Fairs

Once certified, you may go directly to school districts, search for job openings, and fill out an application for employment online. Many of the Mississippi’s larger school districts conduct their own teacher career days.

Substitute Teaching

Substitute teaching is encouraged as it allows individuals to network while gaining an understanding of various schools, districts and subject areas.  To obtain a substitute position in Mississippi individuals are required to complete an associate’s degree and pass a background check.

JROTC information:

Troops to Teachers

Links

Mississippi Teacher Center

(http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/teacher-center)
If you are a teacher or want to become one, the Mississippi Teacher Center 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 ttjones@mde.k12.ms.us or mail to the address listed on the form.

Critical Shortage Areas

Job hunting? For faster placement, consider a district with a teacher shortage.

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.

Scholarships & Loan Forgiveness

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

MISSISSIPPI TTT State Manager 

Chris Carey
Phone: (601) 624-4534
Email: ccarey@troopstoteachers.net