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Mississippi Teaching Certificate Programs

Below you’ll find a comprehensive listing of the Graduate Teaching Certificate programs available from schools in Mississippi. If you’re looking for initial teacher certification programs, check out either our list of Bachelors in Education Programs or Mississippi Alternative Certification Programs. Most of the programs down below are for people who are already teachers.

High turnover and high demand for teachers in Mississippi have led to many open teaching positions in the state. Although most Mississippi teachers are highly qualified to teach in their subject areas, this is not the case for all teachers. Only about 50 percent of teachers in three schools in Holmes County are considered highly qualified to teach. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education has identified a number of teacher shortage areas for Mississippi: deaf/hearing impaired education, driver’s education, general science, German, Russian, and social studies. Finally, according to the Associated Press, 59 of the state’s 150 superintendents plan to leave by January 1, 2012. What does this mean for already-licensed teachers or teachers hoping to be licensed in Mississippi? It means that this is prime time to earn an add-on or advanced certificate if you are looking for a new job or promotion.

Featured Schools in Mississippi

At Alcorn State University, teachers can earn an add-on certificate in a number of areas, including reading, language arts and social studies. The university also offers summer programs geared toward already-certified teachers who want additional education. Teachers interested in earning a certification in gifted education can enroll in the Mississippi University for Women, which offers the certification online. Home to the Teachers of the Gifted Instructional Forum, the Mississippi University for Women is an excellent resource for teachers looking to improve how they instruct gifted students. Finally, the University of Southern Mississippi also offers a certificate in gifted education, as well as certificates in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and community college education.

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