MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT
OF EDUCATION


Process for Veteran Teachers

Who Currently Hold a Valid Educator License to Determine “Highly Qualified” Status


The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that all veteran teachers of core academic subjects (English, Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Languages, History, Civics, Economics, Government, Geography and the Arts) be “highly qualified” by the end of school year 2005-2006.

The following process will assist the teacher in determining “highly qualified” status and the options to be used in acquiring “highly qualified” status:

STEP 1.

Review the current license to determine the endorsement(s) listed.

The teacher teaching in the elementary grades (K-6) will be considered “highly qualified” with a K-8 endorsement.

The teacher teaching in the middle grades (7-8, at a minimum) and high school grades (9-12) will be “highly qualified” in the specific core academic subject(s) listed on the license. If the specific core academic subject(s) currently being taught is listed as an endorsement on the license, then the teacher is considered “highly qualified.”

If the license does not have a specific endorsement in the core academic subject(s) currently being taught, the teacher is not “highly qualified.”

If the teacher determines that he/she is not “highly qualified,” then the teacher needs to go to Step 2.

STEP 2.


The teacher will need to review his/her college transcript(s) to determine if it shows the required number of hours (undergraduate or graduate) of pure content subject courses with a grade of “C” or higher (18 hours before September 1, 2004; 21 hours after September 1, 2004). If it does, the teacher can go to
Step 3. If it does not, the teacher goes to Step 4.

STEP 3.

The teacher needs to submit a licensure application packet (available on the Mississippi Department of Education website) to the Office of Educator Licensure requesting that the specific endorsement(s) be added to the teacher’s license. (Include all applicable transcripts in sealed envelopes.) Mail or bring the licensure application packet to the Office of Educator Licensure, Mississippi Department of Education, 359 North West Street, Post Office Box 771, Jackson, Mississippi 39205. The licensure staff will review application packets and respond within two weeks.

STEP 4.

If the teacher does not have the required number of hours in a content area with a grade of “C” or higher (18 semester hours before September 1, 2004; 21 semester after September 1, 2004), the teacher has until the end of school year 2005-2006 to become “highly qualified.” The following options are available:

Before September 1, 2004

Pass Praxis II in the subject area OR
Take the additional hours to fulfill the content requirement (18 semester hours with a grade of “C” or higher) OR
Complete an approved program to add an endorsement in the subject(s) the teacher teaches or would like to teach OR
Become National Board Certified in the core academic subject that the teacher is teaching or would like to teach OR
Hold a master’s degree in each of the core academic subject(s) that the teacher is teaching or would like to teach.
Complete the Mississippi Department of Education Middle School Professional Development Institute in the core academic subject(s) that the teacher currently teaches or would like to teach (Available in August 2003 and only to teachers in Grades 5-8 who hold a K-8 license).


After September 1, 2004

Pass Praxis II in the subject area OR
Pass the Middle School Praxis II in the subject area (available in 2004) to teach grades 5-8 OR
Take the additional hours to fulfill the content requirement (21 semester hours after September 1, 2004) OR
Complete an approved program to add an endorsement in the subject(s) the teacher teaches or would like to teach OR
Become National Board Certified in the core academic subject that the teacher is teaching or would like to teach OR
Hold a master’s degree in each of the core academic subject(s) that the teacher is teaching or would like to teach OR
Complete the Mississippi Department of Education Middle School Professional Development Institute in the core academic subject(s) that the teacher currently teaches or would like to teach (Available in August 2003 and only to teachers in Grades 5-8 who hold a K-8 license).

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