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Licensure Updates

*ALERT* COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates

Division of Educator Licensure Update 03/24/2020: Those educators holding a standard Mississippi educator license that is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2020, may request a one-year extension by printing and completing a paper Licensure Application for renewal.  Please upload the application to your  Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS) account for processing. 

This extension applies only to standard Mississippi educator licenses held by administrators, teachers, and instructional support personnel that will expire on June 30, 2020. Those educators who have already completed all requirements for licensure renewal are encouraged to complete the application process for obtaining their five-year license.

Division of Educator Licensure Update 03/18/2020: One Year Licensure Renewal Extension

Effective with licensure renewal applications received Monday, March 23, 2020 and thereafter, a one-year extension will be granted to those educators holding a standard Mississippi educator license that is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2020 only. Educators can begin submitting the licensure renewal application requests via their Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS) account on Monday, March 23, 2020.

This extension applies only to standard Mississippi educator licenses held by administrators, teachers, and instructional support personnel that will expire on June 30, 2020. Those educators who have already completed all requirements for licensure renewal are encouraged to complete the application process for obtaining their five-year license.

Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson Update 03/17/2020: The Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson have decided to temporarily close their company-owned U.S. and Canada-based Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) starting March 16, 2020 for at least 30 days, until April 16, 2020 or whenever conditions are deemed safe to re-open. Pearson began candidate cancellation notifications during the afternoon of March 16 (CDT), which provide instructions for scheduling new appointments on or after April 16, 2020. Pearson will continue to monitor the situation and notify states of any additional changes, if necessary.

Educational Testing Services (ETS) Update 03/17/2020: Please use the following link to access information related to the ETS Prometric Test Center Closures. You can monitor other ETS Praxis test related updates on the ETS website.

Division of Educator Licensure Update 03/16/2020: The Division of Educator Licensure will be experiencing some interruptions in processing applications and supporting documentation that are received through postal mail at this time. To avoid delays in application processing, educators' are encouraged to submit their applications and any supporting documentation through their Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS) account when possible.

Please note that official sealed copies of an applicant's transcript(s) must be mailed to the Mississippi Department of Education, Division of Educator Licensure, P. O. Box 771, Jackson, MS 39205-0771 or submitted electronically directly from the respective college/university. Licensure test score results must be submitted directly from the administering testing company.

Important Updates

Below are important updates related to educator licensure policies and/or procedures. Should you have questions, please contact a member of our team at teachersupport@mdek12.org.

2020 Updates

2019 Updates

2018 Updates

2017 Updates