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.
• Applications received the week of May 17, 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.
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. email@example.com and request a call back, or try your call again later.
To check the status of your application, log into your ELMS account.