Mississippi State Information

MEA President: Tommy Creel
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Hannah Gadd Ardrey and Jordan Langworthy 
ALF Member Email: 

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/5/2021
Adjourns: 4/4/2021

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline 3/2/2021
Budget Deadline None
Introduction Deadlines 1/18/2021
Governor Phil Bryant (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Richard Brian Bennett (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Kent McCarty (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Dennis DeBar, Jr. (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. David Blount (R)

Partisan Split House: R       Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 601-359–3360
Senate Secretary Contact 601-359–3229
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
State Superintendent Carey Wright

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Brendsha Roby, Title I Director 601-359-3499
Title IV Director Arthur Goss, Assistant to the Executive Director
601-359-3499, agoss@mdek12.org
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds Not listed; allocations are for last school year


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

MS Music Vocal K-12
Music Instrumental K-12
Class A Educator License (Bachelor, 5-year)
Class AA Educator License (Master, 5-year)
Class AAA Educator License (Specialist, 5-year)
Class AAAA Educator License (Doctorate, 5-year)
Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) Praxis Principles of Teaching & Learning: K-6, 5-9, or 7-12 No Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework None Yes https://www.mdek12.org/OTL/OEL/Alternate https://www.mdek12.org/OEL June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Consideration for Reopening Mississippi Schools

Recommendations for PreK-12th Grade Arts Education As Mississippi Schools Reopen

Districts may choose to open school buildings, but they must modify schedules, restrict gatherings, and observe social distancing in observance of state and federal recommendations.

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2018-2019 school year.

MS: $8,300 in Title IV-A funds were utilized in Western Line SD to purchase 24 iPads, cases, and headphones for the music technology units that were being taught in the music classroom at Riverside High School, Jr. High, and Elementary Schools.