Traditional Route


To complete the teacher education program and apply for an initial license in Mississippi, students must meet the following requirements:

Complete all required teacher education program coursework, including the student teaching semester

Complete all major requirements in the major of the license sought.

Maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Earn at least a "C" in all required teacher education courses.

Pass the Mississippi Educator Licensure Exams Praxis CASE,  ACT Test score of 21 or better with subscores 18 above, or SAT 990 or better are  and Praxis II.  (Effective July 1, 2016 Foundations of Reading Test required for Elementary Education licensure, 229 passing score)

If you plan to apply for an add-on license, you must complete and document at least 21 additional hours in the subject of the add-on.  Earn at least a "C" in the selected courses.

Licensure Advisory:  The Mississippi Department of Education licensure guidelines may change without notice, and it is the student's responsibility to remain abreast of current requirements.  Click on the link to view current licensure requirements:

JSU Endorsement Programs

MDE Supplemental Endorsements