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Licensing/Certification Information

Recommendation for Licensure

To be eligible for recommendation by the University of Mississippi for licensure, students must successfully complete an approved certification program at UM.

Initial Licensure

Candidates seeking initial licensure in Mississippi must pass the appropriate standardized tests to qualify. Elementary, Secondary and Special Education majors must take two Praxis II exams (Praxis II – Principles of Learning and Teaching; Praxis II in content field). Educational Leadership graduates are required to take the Student Leader Licensure Assessment (SLLA) exam. To learn more about these exams, candidates may go to www.ets.org for practice tests, study guides, and to register. To assist with identifying test codes accepted in Mississippi, go to the Mississippi Department of Educator Licensure website.

Approved Add-On Endorsement Programs

The University of Mississippi offers add-on endorsement programs in the following areas: Driver’s Education, Early Childhood Education, Emotional Disability Education, Gifted Education, Special Education, and Wellness and Physical Activity.

Applying for Licensure

Teacher candidates are responsible for following the appropriate steps for applying for licensure in Mississippi through the Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS). Instructions for navigating the ELMS process can be found here.

Out-of-State Licensure

Candidates applying for licensure in other states must be recommended by the University of Mississippi. All forms should be submitted to:

Dr. Whitney Webb, Certification Officer
School of Education
The University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848

Phone: (662) 915-7382
Email: whitdt@olemiss.edu

Certificationmap.com may be useful in helping you contact states for additional licensure information.