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2021 COVID-related Licensure FAQ

Educator and Administrator Preparation

Will students who wish to enter MAT programs be able to secure their three-year non-renewable internship licenses without taking the Praxis II in their subject area?

Yes. However, applicants seeking the three-year non-renewable internship license or five-year standard license by way of the completion of the respective appropriate components of a nontraditional educator preparation program only, shall have met one (1) of the following measures of subject matter competency at the time of program admittance:

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in the endorsement area in which the license is being sought from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred;

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area and eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in the endorsement area in which the license is sought. Both the degree(s) and the eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework must have been earned from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred. Remedial courses (also referred to as compensatory, developmental, or basic skills) will not be recognized for certification purposes and are usually numbered below 100 on the transcript (Elementary Education is not included under this option);

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred and a passing score on the appropriate Mississippi State Board of Education approved licensure Subject Area Assessment in the endorsement area in which the license is requested.

Beginning January 1, 2022 and thereafter, applicants for licensure shall meet all requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

What will be the field experience requirements for students who have not completed 12-week internships but who have continued to work virtually with their school placements this spring in order for them to secure licensure upon graduation?

On March 26, 2020 during its Special-Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to issue a one-year suspension of the requirement that students shall successfully complete a minimum of 12 weeks of full day student teaching for program completion for spring 2020 prospective program completers, by allowing candidates’ virtual experiences to be acceptable for a portion of the minimum 12 weeks of the required student teaching. The MDE will continue to work collaboratively with Education Preparation Providers (EPPs) to determine the acceptable experiences necessary for student teaching and demonstration of teaching competency prior to licensure.

Is the suspended entry/CORE/ACT and licensure requirement also in effect for MAT programs?

On March 26, 2020 during its Special Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the educator preparation program entry testing criterion only, for all candidates seeking admission to a Mississippi State Board of Education approved traditional or nontraditional educator preparation program on or before December 31, 2021.

In addition, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the licensure testing criterion only, for all complete applications received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure on or before December 31, 2021 for Five-Year Standard Licenses sought by way of the completion of an approved traditional or nontraditional educator or administrator preparation program as defined by the Mississippi State Board of Education.

Applicants seeking the three-year non-renewable internship license or five-year standard license by way of the completion of the respective appropriate components of a nontraditional educator preparation program only, shall have met one (1) of the following measures of subject matter competency at the time of program admittance:

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in the endorsement area in which the license is being sought from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred;

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area and eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in the endorsement area in which the license is sought. Both the degree(s) and the eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework must have been earned from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred. Remedial courses (also referred to as compensatory, developmental, or basic skills) will not be recognized for certification purposes and are usually numbered below 100 on the transcript (Elementary Education is not included under this option);

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred and a passing score on the appropriate Mississippi State Board of Education approved licensure Subject Area Assessment in the endorsement area in which the license is requested.

Beginning January 1, 2022 and thereafter, applicants for licensure shall meet all requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

Will admission to Teacher Educator Preparation Program test requirements be reinstated for those who do not complete the program by Dec. 2021 even if they will be completing student teaching in spring 2022?

On March 26, 2020 during its Special Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the educator preparation program entry testing criterion only, for all candidates seeking admission to a Mississippi State Board of Education approved traditional or nontraditional educator preparation program on or before December 31, 2021. 

According to current guidelines, candidates for program entry who have met all admission requirements on or before December 31, 2021 as outlined above, will not be required meet the testing criterion only. Please remain mindful that applicants shall meet requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

Is completion of an internship for School Counseling, Traditional/Nontraditional Educator, Administrator and all other licensure preparation programs subject to the same interpretation of statute as field experiences for undergraduate candidates?

Yes. While on March 26, 2020 during its Special-Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to issue a one-year suspension of the requirement that students shall successfully complete a minimum of 12 weeks of full day student teaching for program completion for spring 2020 prospective program completers, by allowing candidates’ virtual experiences to be acceptable for a portion of the minimum 12 weeks of the required student teaching, the same is applicable to all other licensure programs requiring the completion of an internship. The MDE will continue to work collaboratively with Education Preparation Providers (EPPs) to determine the acceptable experiences necessary for student teaching and demonstration of teaching competency prior to licensure.

Will teacher candidates who have applied recently for admission to a teacher prep program but who have not met the CORE or ACT requirement ever be expected to meet that requirement?

According to current guidelines, candidates for program entry who have met all admission requirements on or before December 31, 2021, will not be required to retroactively meet the testing criterion. However, please remain mindful that applicants shall meet requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

Will I be required to retroactively meet the program admission requirement as one condition for the issuance of the Five-Year MS Educator License at the time the completed licensure application is received by the MDE?

An applicant for licensure who completed a traditional teacher preparation program, who was unconditionally admitted to an undergraduate traditional teacher preparation program under the State Board of Education’s COVID-19 program admission test rule suspension on or before December 31, 2021, will not be held to program admission testing requirement as established in Miss. Code Ann. § 37-3-2 provided a complete application for licensure is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure on or before December 31, 2023.

Will an applicant for the Three-Year Alternate Route License or the Five-Year Mississippi Educator License be required to retroactively meet the program admission requirement?

An applicant for licensure who completed a nontraditional (alternate route) teacher preparation program, who was unconditionally admitted to a nontraditional (alternate route) teacher preparation program under the State Board of Education’s COVID-19 program admission test rule suspension on or before December 31, 2021, will not be subject to meeting the testing requirement as established in Miss. Code Ann. § 37-3-2 and/or State Board of Education for the issuance of the Three-Year Alternate Route Nonrenewable Internship License or the Five-Year Standard Mississippi Educator License, provided a complete application for licensure is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure on or before July 31, 2022.

Impact on Certification Assessments

With the closure of test centers due to COVID-19, is there consideration being given to suspending the Educator Preparation Program Entry testing requirements?

On March 26, 2020 during its Special Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the educator preparation program entry testing criterion only, for all candidates seeking admission to a Mississippi State Board of Education approved traditional or nontraditional educator preparation program on or before December 31, 2021. 

Individuals seeking admission to a nontraditional educator preparation program only, shall be required to meet one (1) of the following measures of subject matter competency at the time of admittance:  

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in the endorsement area in which the license is being sought from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred;   

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area and eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in the endorsement area in which the license is sought. Both the degree(s) and the eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework must have been earned from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred. Remedial courses (also referred to as compensatory, developmental, or basic skills) will not be recognized for certification purposes and are usually numbered below 100 on the transcript (Elementary Education is not included under this option);  

OR  

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred and a passing score on the appropriate Mississippi State Board of Education approved licensure Subject Area Assessment in the endorsement area in which the license is requested.  

Beginning January 1, 2022 and thereafter, applicants seeking program admission shall meet all requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received by the Mississippi State Board of Education approved educator preparation program provider.   

Note of Clarification:  The educator preparation program entry/admission testing requirement is the only requirement for admission that has been suspended.  This includes Twenty-one (21) ACT equivalent and Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators examinations.  Grade Point Average (GPA) and all other criteria for program admission remain in effect.  

With the closure of test centers due to COVID-19, is there consideration being given to suspending Educator and Administrator Licensure testing requirements?

On March 26, 2020 during its Special Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the licensure testing criterion only, for all complete applications received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure on or before December 31, 2021 for Five-Year Standard Licenses sought by way of the completion of an approved traditional or nontraditional educator or administrator preparation program as defined by the Mississippi State Board of Education.

Please note that applicants seeking the three-year internship license or five-year standard license by way of the completion of the respective appropriate components of a nontraditional educator preparation program only, shall have met one (1) of the following measures of subject matter competency at the time of program admittance:

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in the endorsement area in which the license is being sought from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred;

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area and eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in the endorsement area in which the license is sought. Both the degree(s) and the eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework must have been earned from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred. Remedial courses (also referred to as compensatory, developmental, or basic skills) will not be recognized for certification purposes and are usually numbered below 100 on the transcript (Elementary Education is not included under this option);

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred and a passing score on the appropriate Mississippi State Board of Education approved licensure Subject Area Assessment in the endorsement area in which the license is requested. 

Beginning January 1, 2022 and thereafter, applicants for licensure shall meet all requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure. 

Will students who wish to enter MAT programs be able to secure their three-year non-renewable internship licenses without taking the Praxis II in their subject area?

Yes. However, applicants seeking the three-year non-renewable internship license or five-year standard license by way of the completion of the respective appropriate components of a nontraditional educator preparation program only, shall have met one (1) of the following measures of subject matter competency at the time of program admittance:

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in the endorsement area in which the license is being sought from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred;

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area and eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in the endorsement area in which the license is sought. Both the degree(s) and the eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework must have been earned from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred. Remedial courses (also referred to as compensatory, developmental, or basic skills) will not be recognized for certification purposes and are usually numbered below 100 on the transcript (Elementary Education is not included under this option);

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred and a passing score on the appropriate Mississippi State Board of Education approved licensure Subject Area Assessment in the endorsement area in which the license is requested.

Beginning January 1, 2022 and thereafter, applicants for licensure shall meet all requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

Is the spring 2020 test exemption for ACT and Praxis Core scores only? Will students be exempt from Praxis II and the Foundations of Reading test for licensure this spring and summer?

On March 26, 2020 during its Special Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the educator preparation program entry testing criterion only, for all candidates seeking admission to a Mississippi State Board of Education approved traditional or nontraditional educator preparation program on or before December 31, 2021.

In addition, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the licensure testing criterion only, for all complete applications received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure on or before December 31, 2021 for Five-Year Standard Licenses sought by way of the completion of an approved traditional or nontraditional educator or administrator preparation program as defined by the Mississippi State Board of Education.

The test suspension includes Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Praxis Core), ACT, SAT, Praxis Subject Assessments, Foundations of Reading, Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT), School Leaders Licensure Assessment, and ALL other tests that make up the Mississippi Administrator and Educator Testing Program.

Is the suspended entry/CORE/ACT and licensure requirement also in effect for MAT programs?

On March 26, 2020 during its Special Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the educator preparation program entry testing criterion only, for all candidates seeking admission to a Mississippi State Board of Education approved traditional or nontraditional educator preparation program on or before December 31, 2021.

In addition, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the licensure testing criterion only, for all complete applications received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure on or before December 31, 2021 for Five-Year Standard Licenses sought by way of the completion of an approved traditional or nontraditional educator or administrator preparation program as defined by the Mississippi State Board of Education.

Applicants seeking the three-year non-renewable internship license or five-year standard license by way of the completion of the respective appropriate components of a nontraditional educator preparation program only, shall have met one (1) of the following measures of subject matter competency at the time of program admittance:

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in the endorsement area in which the license is being sought from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred;

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area and eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in the endorsement area in which the license is sought. Both the degree(s) and the eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework must have been earned from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred. Remedial courses (also referred to as compensatory, developmental, or basic skills) will not be recognized for certification purposes and are usually numbered below 100 on the transcript (Elementary Education is not included under this option);

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred and a passing score on the appropriate Mississippi State Board of Education approved licensure Subject Area Assessment in the endorsement area in which the license is requested.

Beginning January 1, 2022 and thereafter, applicants for licensure shall meet all requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

Will MDE prepare a statement for CAEP regarding this suspension and how it will impact data collection for various standards?

The MDE Division of Educator Preparation is willing to provide, as appropriate, an official statement that outlines current COVID-19 related policy revisions as approved by the State Board of Education.

Are testing requirements for program entry and administrator licensure also being suspended for advanced programs such as leadership programs?

Yes. The test suspension includes Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Praxis Core), ACT, SAT, Praxis Subject Assessments, Foundations of Reading, Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT), School Leaders Licensure Assessment, and ALL other tests that make up the Mississippi Administrator and Educator Testing Program.

Will candidates be required to pass any licensure tests in order to be licensed by May 2022?

On March 26, 2020 during its Special Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the licensure testing criterion only, for all complete applications received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure on or before December 31, 2021 for Five-Year Standard Licenses sought by way of the completion of an approved traditional or nontraditional educator or administrator preparation program as defined by the Mississippi State Board of Education.

Will admission to Teacher Educator Preparation Program test requirements be reinstated for those who do not complete the program by Dec. 2021 even if they will be completing student teaching in spring 2022?

On March 26, 2020 during its Special Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the educator preparation program entry testing criterion only, for all candidates seeking admission to a Mississippi State Board of Education approved traditional or nontraditional educator preparation program on or before December 31, 2021.

According to current guidelines, candidates for program entry who have met all admission requirements on or before December 31, 2021 as outlined above, will not be required meet the testing criterion only. Please remain mindful that applicants shall meet requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

Will candidates be required to have 21 ACT, Praxis and FOR to gain a 5-year license?

On March 26, 2020 during its Special Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the educator preparation program entry testing criterion only, for all candidates seeking admission to a Mississippi State Board of Education approved traditional or nontraditional educator preparation program on or before December 31, 2021.

According to current guidelines, candidates for program entry who have met all admission requirements on or before December 31, 2021 as outlined above, will not be required meet the testing criterion only. Please remain mindful that applicants shall meet requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

Will any tests requirements be required for those graduating during the pandemic period in order to reapply for the 5-year license after their first 5-year renewal cycle? i.e.-go back to take FOR, PLT, etc.

Applicants shall meet requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure. At present, testing is not included as an option or requirement for licensure renewal.

Will I be required to pass the Foundations of Reading test after January 1, 2022 to meet reciprocity requirement for a five-year license?

Applicants shall meet requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure. If a standard license is granted to an applicant in accordance with current requirements, no additional requirements must be met.

Would Alternate Route program candidates in Mathematics (7-12) licensure area need the specific twenty-one (21) hours required for the 7-12 endorsement if they are not using the PRAXIS content area?

Applicants seeking the three-year non-renewable internship license or five-year standard license by way of the completion of the respective appropriate components of a nontraditional educator preparation program only, shall have met one (1) of the following measures of subject matter competency at the time of program admittance:   

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in the endorsement area in which the license is being sought from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred; (Mathematics (non-education) Degree)

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area and eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in the endorsement area in which the license is sought. Both the degree(s) and the eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework must have been earned from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred. Remedial courses (also referred to as compensatory, developmental, or basic skills) will not be recognized for certification purposes and are usually numbered below 100 on the transcript (Elementary Education is not included under this option);  (Eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in the area of Mathematics bearing the MAT prefix)

OR

Holds at least a bachelor’s degree in any area from an institution of higher education that was regionally/nationally accredited at the time the degree was conferred and a passing score on the appropriate Mississippi State Board of Education approved licensure Subject Area Assessment in the endorsement area in which the license is requested.

Beginning January 1, 2022 and thereafter, applicants for licensure shall meet all requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

Is completion of an internship for School Counseling, Traditional/Nontraditional Educator, Administrator and all other licensure preparation programs subject to the same interpretation of statute as field experiences for undergraduate candidates?

Yes. While on March 26, 2020 during its Special-Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to issue a one-year suspension of the requirement that students shall successfully complete a minimum of 12 weeks of full day student teaching for program completion for spring 2020 prospective program completers, by allowing candidates’ virtual experiences to be acceptable for a portion of the minimum 12 weeks of the required student teaching, the same is applicable to all other licensure programs requiring the completion of an internship. The MDE will continue to work collaboratively with Education Preparation Providers (EPPs) to determine the acceptable experiences necessary for student teaching and demonstration of teaching competency prior to licensure.

Will candidates who receive a 5-year license need to take the suspended state required test in order to renew the license for another five-years?

Applicants shall meet requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure. At present, testing is not included as an option or requirement for licensure renewal.

Will teacher candidates who have applied recently for admission to a teacher prep program but who have not met the CORE or ACT requirement ever be expected to meet that requirement?

According to current guidelines, candidates for program entry who have met all admission requirements on or before December 31, 2021, will not be required to retroactively meet the testing criterion. However, please remain mindful that applicants shall meet requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

Will current teacher candidates who have met all other requirements for licensure except for passing their licensure exams ever be required to go back and pass those exams?

According to current guidelines, candidates for licensure who have met all requirements on or before December 31, 2021, will not be required to retroactively meet the testing criterion. However, please remain mindful that applicants shall meet requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

If a teacher candidate who met all other requirements for licensure 10 years ago except for passing his/her licensure exams be able to get their 5-year renewable license now?

Applicants shall meet requirements in effect on the date the complete application for admission is received by the approved educator preparation provider. In addition, applicants shall meet requirements in effect on the date the complete application for licensure is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

I have completed a specialist in administration and was planning to take the SLLA to add the endorsement to my license. Is it true the SLLA has been waived and that I may add that endorsement without the test?

The test suspension includes Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Praxis Core), ACT, SAT, Praxis Subject Assessments, Foundations of Reading, Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT), School Leaders Licensure Assessment, and ALL other tests that make up the Mississippi Administrator and Educator Testing Program. Please remain mindful that all other criteria for obtaining licensure in the area of Administrator shall be met prior to the issuance of the license.

One-Year Extension of Licenses

Is there consideration being given to suspending Educator and Administrator Licensure Renewal requirements for licenses scheduled to expire June 30, 2021?

The Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval on February 25, 2021 to suspend licensure renewal requirements for all licenses scheduled to expire on June 30, 2021 and granted a one-year extension for all licenses with a June 30, 2021 expiration date. 

All license types set to expire on June 30, 2021 have been automatically extended to June 30, 2022. This includes teacher, administrator, instructional support personnel, and local district requested licenses. Educators do not need to apply for the one-year extension. All licenses set to expire on June 30, 2021 have been automatically extended for one year in the Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS).  License holders have the one-year extension to engage in professional learning opportunities to meet requirements for maintaining, converting, or obtaining the standard Mississippi license. 

How to Invalidate a Local District-Requested License

Local school districts are to follow the normal procedure of submitting a formal letter to the MDE Division of Educator Licensure to request the invalidation of a district-requested license if an individual holding a district-requested license voluntarily or involuntarily separates from the district for any reason, at any time. This means districts must submit letters for any individuals holding a district-requested license who will not be offered a new contract for the 2021-2022 school year. This includes district-requested license holders whose licenses have been extended to June 30, 2022.  Please email invalidation request letters to Dr. Cory Murphy at teachersupport@mdek12.org and include “Request to Invalidate Local District Requested License” in the subject line.  All licenses eligible for a one-year extension will be automatically extended within the Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS).

With the closure of test centers due to COVID-19, is there consideration being given to suspending Educator Licensure Reciprocity testing requirements?

On March 26, 2020 during its Special-Called Meeting, the Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval to the MDE to suspend the licensure testing criterion only for all complete applications for Five-Year Standard Reciprocity received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure on or before December 31, 2021.  

Beginning January 1, 2022 and thereafter, applicants for reciprocity shall meet all requirements in effect on the date the complete application is received in the MDE Division of Educator Licensure.

What will happen if I am not able to attend classes to renewal my license due to expire in June? Will MDE extend these licenses for another year in order to complete the classes to renew my license.

Those educators and administrators who hold a Mississippi license of any type with a current valid expiration date of June 30, 2021 are eligible to receive a one-year extension. Qualifying licenses will be dated to expire June 30, 2022. All licenses eligible for a one-year extension will be automatically extended within the Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS).

Will license extension apply to district requested 1-year emergency licenses and 3-year Career and Technical Education (CTE) licenses that are set to expire June 30, 2021?

Yes. One-year emergency licenses and Career and Technical Education (CTE) 3-year provisional licenses that are scheduled to expire June 30, 2021 are eligible for a one-year extension.

Other

Can the 154 mathematics endorsement now be added by 18 hours of coursework just as other endorsements can be added, per the new requirement established in February of this year?

Recent COVID-19 policy related revisions granted by the Mississippi State Board of Education did not include modifications to the current guidelines for obtaining licensure endorsements by 18 hours of acceptable coursework.

What steps do I need to take to add the administrator endorsement to my license? I just attempted to go through the application section of ELMS to apply for the endorsement; however, I cannot get beyond the initial screen with the 6 yes/no questions.

In order to receive a license in the area of Administrator, the applicant must be recommended by the institution of higher education/approved educator preparation provider from which the appropriate degree was earned. The institutional program verification recommendation serves as but one criterion in the multi-step licensure process. Please visit mdek12.org/OEL to obtain additional information.