School Library Media Certification by State: Mississippi

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Address:

Mississippi Department of Education

Office of Educator Licensure

P.O. Box 771

Jackson, MS 39205-0771

Phone: 601-359-3483

Fax: 601-359-2278

Mississippi Department of Education: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/OEL

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed:  Yes

Master’s Degree Needed: No

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: Yes, passing score is 143.

Other Testing Needed: No

Description: The certification for a Library Media Specialist is an endorsement to the initial license.

Evaluation Process for Licensure

There are three ways to obtain a Library Media endorsement in Mississippi:

Pathway 1:

  • Complete a Bachelor’s degree program or higher in a library media program.
  • Pass the Praxis I
  • Pass the Praxis II (Principles of Learning & Teaching)
  • Pass the Praxis II (Library Media Specialist).

OR

Pathway 2:

  • Hold a five year Educator License
  • Complete an approved LME program
  • Pass Praxis II (Library Media Specialist)

OR

Pathway 3:

  • Hold a 5-year Educator License
  • Pass Praxis II (Library Media Specialist).

Reciprocity: Yes, a 5-year license is granted to candidates who hold a valid out-of-state (K-12) license in an area in which Mississippi issues an endorsement. Mississippi follows the Interstate Agreement with the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education & Certification (NASDEC). However, one must meet the state’s requirements for teaching licensure. Further information can be found at http://www.nasdtec.net/?InterstateAgreements

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