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Teacher licensure requirements waived for MSU education students

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The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is temporarily waiving some requirements for students applying to enter Mississippi State University’s teacher education and administration preparation programs, as well as waiving licensure exams for certification through December 31, 2021. The change is due to testing center closures across the state related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The College of Education is appreciative of the actions of the Mississippi Department of Education in temporarily suspending these requirements. Certainly, we are experiencing unique challenges due to COVID-19, and these actions assist us in helping address staffing needs in Mississippi public schools,” said Richard Blackbourn, dean of MSU’s College of Education.

The Mississippi Department of Education has waivers that include both traditional (undergraduate) and non-traditional (graduate) teacher education programs and approved traditional or non-traditional educator or administrator preparation programs as defined by the Mississippi State Board of Education.

The licensure exams for the following programs at MSU have been waived:

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • School Administration
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary
  • Master of Arts in Teaching-Special Education

The educator preparation program admission testing requirement for teacher education, which includes the ACT/SAT requirement or the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators examinations, have been waived. Grade Point Average (GPA) and all other criteria for MSU program admission remain in effect.

Donna Shea, director of MSU’s Office of Curriculum and Field-Based Instruction is available to answer questions at or 662-325-7684.

Click here for a complete list of MDE’s new admissions and licensure requirements.

Established in 1903, MSU’s College of Education is home to six academic departments, one research unit, and numerous service units.

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