While Mississippi teacher salaries may not be the highest in the nation, there’s something to be said about a state overflowing with irresistible southern charm. One thing is for sure, Mississippi boasts a very low cost of living, with housing costs far below the national average. While many may be turned off by the lower than average salaries, keep in mind that these figures may only be indicative of Mississippi hiring younger, less experienced teachers.
There are plenty more reasons to consider a career as a math educator in Mississippi. You can take advantage of several different grants and loan forgiveness programs for teaching in critical shortage areas. The state also offers several different (and creative) routes to certification, which is great news for individuals looking to switch careers. In short, Mississippi is wide open for math teachers who want to make their mark on the world.
Math Teacher Certification in Mississippi
Math Teaching Qualifications
In order to be eligible for certification in Mississippi, prospective teachers are required to complete the necessary undergraduate coursework, pass all required standardized examinations and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.
Credentials & Exams
Mississippi requires that all prospective teachers pass the Praxis series of examinations. Click here for more information on standardized testing for teachers in Mississippi. Mississippi offers several different types of teaching licenses:
- Five-Year Class A License: This license is issued to teachers with a bachelor’s degree or higher in education from a state or NCATE approved program. Eligible applicants must also pass the Praxis II (Principles of Learning and Teaching Test) and Praxis II (Specialty Area Test).
- Five-Year Class AA License: Individuals who meet the requirements for a Five-Year Class A License, hold a Master’s degree in the area in which the license is requested OR a Master’s of Education degree are eligible to teach under the Five-Year Class AA License.
- Five-Year Class AAA License: This license is awarded to highly-qualified applicants who fulfill the requirements for a Five-Year Class A License and hold a Specialist Degree in the area in which the license is requested OR a Specialist of Education Degree.
- Five-Year Class AAAA License: This is the most advanced teaching license issued by the state of Mississippi, and it’s awarded to individuals who meet the requirements for a Five-Year Class A License and who have either a Doctoral degree in the area in which the license is requested or a Doctor of Education degree.
Mississippi also offers two reciprocal certification options for educators certified in another state or jurisdiction:
- Two Year Educator License: An applicant holding a valid credential, but less than a standard license or certificate, from another state is eligible to apply for a two-year educator license.
- Five Year Educator License: Fully certified teachers holding a valid standard out-of-state license (K-12) may apply for the Five-Year Educator License.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Mississippi also offers several different options for receiving an alternate route teaching certificate, including one-, two-, three- and five-year programs.
- One Year Alternate Route License through American Board Certification. Areas available: Biology, Chemistry, English, Math and Physics
- Five Year Educator License – A five year educator license is granted to applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from and who have met all requirements in one of the Mississippi Alternate Route Programs.
Financial Aid for MS Math Teachers
- Critical Needs Alternate Route Teacher Loan/Scholarship Program (CNAR): This award is given to individuals interested in becoming teachers and pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a Mississippi institution. Recipients will be given an opportunity to teach in a Mississippi Critical Shortage Area or Subject Area upon completion of an alternate route certification program.
- Critical Needs Teacher Loan/Scholarship (CNTP): This program also provides education opportunities for Mississippi students interested in becoming teachers in critical shortage areas.
- Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program: This program offers scholarship awards to individuals pursuing a Master’s of Education degree in exchange for employment in regions experiencing teacher shortages.
- Mississippi Teacher Loan Repayment Program (MTLR): Funds are also available to help teachers pay back their undergraduate loans. Qualifying applicants must hold an Alternate Route Teaching License and teach in a critical shortage or subject area.
Salaries for Math Teachers in Mississippi
Below is a table containing 2013 data from the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) showing average annual wages for Mississippi teachers at various grade levels. You can click on the column headers to sort by that column.
The red and green text in the table shows whether the salary is above or below the national average for that grade level.
In terms of annual income, the top grade level & city combos in Mississippi are as follows:
- Kindergarten Teachers in Memphis, TN-MS-AR: average of $52,970 per year
- Elementary School Teachers in Memphis, TN-MS-AR: average of $52,070 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Memphis, TN-MS-AR: average of $51,110 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Memphis, TN-MS-AR: average of $48,860 per year
- Elementary School Teachers in Pascagoula, MS: average of $45,290 per year
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Math Teaching Degrees in Mississippi
Below we've listed all of the Mississippi math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Mississippi Math Teachers
Mississippi Department of Education
359 North West St.
Jackson, MS 39201
Common Core Standards adopted June 2010; implemented 2013-14. Learn more about math standards for Mississippi here.
Math Teacher Jobs
Teacher Shortages in MathMississippi reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in grades 7-12.
Expenditure per Student: $9,427
Mississippi’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $9,427, or 85.2% of the national average. (Source: NEA)