Mississippi State Personnel Standards

Audiologist

Discipline Audiologist
License/Certificate Licensed Audiologist
State Department Mississippi Department of Health
State Department Hyperlink http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/30,0,82.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Praxis II Audiology Exam, passing score = 170
Additional requirements specific for schools? 5 year Educator License - Audiologist -- is required to work in the schools. Requirements include: 1. Hold a five year educator license 2. Master's degree in audiology or 1. Hold a master's degree in another area and complete an approved program for audiology 2. Praxis II - Specialty area for audiology or 1. Master's degree in audiology 2. Praxis I - Pre-Professional Skills Test 3. Praxis II - Specialty Area for Audiology

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist

Discipline Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist
License/Certificate Early Oral Intervention (Birth to Kindergarten Hearing Impaired)
State Department Mississippi Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 5 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Beginning 09/01/2013, ETS will replace the current Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) with the new Core Academic Skills Test (CASE). The Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. During the transition to the new Core Academic Skills Test, the Office of Educator Licensure will continue to accept passing PPST scores through December 31, 2013, from applicants who meet all other licensure qualifications as listed in the Licensure Guidelines. Passing scores: Reading = 156; Writing= 162; Math= 150 and Praxis II Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, Passing Score= 160
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary Alternate Route Programs If you already have a bachelor's degree but did not complete a teacher education program that included student teaching, you can still be a teacher in Mississippi. Mississippi has four approved Alternate Route Programs that lead to teacher certification. You must complete one of these programs. They are: 1. Master of Art in Teaching 2. MS Alternate Path to Quality Teachers (MAPQT) 3. Teach Mississippi Institute (TMI) 4. American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)

Early Childhood Educator

Discipline Early Childhood Educator
License/Certificate Child Development (Pre-K-K) Educator License
State Department Mississippi Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://www.mdek12.org/EC
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range 3 yrs - 5 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Beginning 09/01/2013, ETS will replace the current Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) with the new Core Academic Skills Test (CASE). The Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. During the transition to the new Core Academic Skills Test, the Office of Educator Licensure will continue to accept passing PPST scores through December 31, 2013, from applicants who meet all other licensure qualifications as listed in the Licensure Guidelines. Passing scores: Reading = 156; Writing= 162; Math= 150; also Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) for Early Childhood and Praxis II (Specialty Area Test)

Early Childhood Special Educator

Discipline Early Childhood Special Educator
License/Certificate Special Education Birth-Kindergarten Educator License
State Department Mississippi Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://www.mdek12.org/OSE/EC
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 5 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Beginning 09/01/2013, ETS will replace the current Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) with the new Core Academic Skills Test (CASE). The Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. During the transition to the new Core Academic Skills Test, the Office of Educator Licensure will continue to accept passing PPST scores through December 31, 2013, from applicants who meet all other licensure qualifications as listed in the Licensure Guidelines. Passing scores: Reading = 156; Writing= 162; Math= 150; also must pass the Praxis II test 0354 subject area test for Special Education, as well as the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching

Family Therapist

Discipline Family Therapist
License/Certificate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
State Department Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists
State Department Hyperlink http://www.swmft.ms.gov/swmft/web.nsf/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? The applicant must have completed a clinical practicum in marriage and family therapy of no less than 12 consecutive months that provided him or her face to face clinical practice with individuals, couples and families and allowed the applicant to apply classroom learning to actual marriage and family therapy practice situations in the field setting providing for live supervision. The practicum student must have completed a minimum of 500 face to face clinical client contact hours of which no less than 200 must be relational contact hours with couples and/or families and must have received supervision with a ratio of no less than one (1) hour of supervision for each six (6) hours of clinical client contact. The practicum experience must be supervised by an AAMFT approved supervisor or Supervisor Candidate under supervision-of-supervision by an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Practicum groups must be limited to a maximum of 8 supervisees per supervisor per group. An official transcript from the educational institution must be sent directly to the Board by the institution.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? American Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) Examination in Marital and Family Therapy.

Nurse

Discipline Nurse
License/Certificate Licensed Registered Nurse
State Department Mississippi Board of Nursing
State Department Hyperlink http://www.msbn.ms.gov/Pages/Home.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Associate's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX); pass/fail
Additional requirements specific for schools? Qualifications for School Nurse (Registered Nurse) Working in the School Setting: 1. Possess a valid Mississippi Nursing License 2. Possess a minimum of one year of work experience in the health care area 3. Possess good verbal and written communication skills 4. Possess organizational and time management skills, and the ability to communicate well with children, parents, school faculty and administration 5. Possess the ability to work independently according to all nursing practice standards 6. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the District School Board may find appropriate and acceptab.

Occupational Therapist

Discipline Occupational Therapist
License/Certificate Licensed Occupational Therapist
State Department Mississippi Department of Health
State Department Hyperlink http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/30,0,82.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT), passing score = 450

Physical Therapist

Discipline Physical Therapist
License/Certificate Licensed Physical Therapist
State Department Mississippi Board of Physical Therapy
State Department Hyperlink https://www.msbpt.ms.gov/index.asp
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Not Specified
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? National Physical Therapy Exam, Scale Score of 600; Jurisprudence Exam, Scale Score of 600

Psychologist

Discipline Psychologist
License/Certificate Licensed Psychologist
State Department Mississippi Board of Psychology
State Department Hyperlink http://www.psychologyboard.state.ms.us/Pages/default.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Doctorate's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? A minimum of one year of full-time, or two years of half-time predoctoral experience is required (minimum of 2000 hours of supervised experience)
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) published by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), Passing Score= 500

School Psychologist

Discipline School Psychologist
License/Certificate Educator License in School Psychology
State Department Mississippi Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://www.mdek12.org/OTL/OEL
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range 3 yrs - 12th grade
Degree Level Requirement Not Specified
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Praxis I (Pre-Professional Skills Test-PPST) and Praxis II (Specialty Area for School Psychology)

Social Worker

Discipline Social Worker
License/Certificate Licensed Social Worker
State Department Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists
State Department Hyperlink http://www.swmft.ms.gov/swmft/web.nsf/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Association of Social Work Boards Basic Exam, Passing Score = 70

Speech Language Pathologist

Discipline Speech Language Pathologist
License/Certificate Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
State Department Mississippi Department of Health
State Department Hyperlink http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/30,0,82.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Praxis II examination in Speech-Language Pathology; passing score of 600
Additional requirements specific for schools? 5 year Educator License: Requirements for a Bachelor's Level License for Speech/Language Therapist (216): The 216 license is a five-year renewable standard license. The State Board approved licensure guidelines for this license state that the 216 license holder will be limited in the type of services that will be provided to students. The 216 license holder can provide articulation therapy, articulation testing, write IEP's and provide speech therapy. The 216 license holder can neither provide language therapy, language assessments, voice or fluency or corresponding assessments, nor chair an eligibility determination committee. All 216 license holders must be supervised by a 215 master's level certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) in each school district. Candidates holding a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders, Speech Pathology or Speech and Hearing will be able to file a license application to the Office of Educator Licensure for the 216 Bachelor's level license for Speech/Language Therapist on or after July 1, 2013. Candidates must submit an official sealed or electronic (eScrip) transcript verifying the degree. In addition, the following requirements must be met for the license. 1. Those that have held an Interim Certificate (IC) emergency license 215 in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) must have: - passing scores on all parts of Praxis I - Reading, Writing and Math - certificate of completion from 216 Summer Institute (four required sessions); or purchased CDs and passed the required competency test - signed documentation verification form showing 100 hours of practicum experience in articulation therapy* or proof of progress toward meeting TMI certification requirements. 2. Those that have held a 1-year 215 Emergency Certificate (EC) in SLP who are certified teachers in another area and teaching out of field must have: - certificate of completion from 216 Summer Institute (four required sessions); or purchased CDs and passed the required competency test - signed documentation verification form showing 100 hours of practicum experience in articulation therapy* or proof of progress toward meeting TMI certification requirements. 3. Those that have graduated from a Bachelor's degree SLP program without practicum experience and have not held any license must have: - passing scores on all parts of Praxis I - Reading, Writing and Mathematics - certificate of completion from 216 Summer Institute (four required sessions); or purchased training CDs and passed the required competency test

Vision Specialist

Discipline Vision Specialist
License/Certificate Visually Impaired Endorsement
State Department Mississippi Department of Education
State Department Hyperlink http://www.mdek12.org/OTL/OEL
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Kindergarten - 12th grade
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Beginning 09/01/2013, ETS will replace the current Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) with the new Core Academic Skills Test (CASE). The Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. During the transition to the new Core Academic Skills Test, the Office of Educator Licensure will continue to accept passing PPST scores through December 31, 2013, from applicants who meet all other licensure qualifications as listed in the Licensure Guidelines. Passing scores: Reading = 156; Writing= 162; Math= 150 and Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments, Passing Score= 163
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary Alternate Route Programs If you already have a bachelor's degree but did not complete a teacher education program that included student teaching, you can still be a teacher in Mississippi. Mississippi has four approved Alternate Route Programs that lead to teacher certification. You must complete one of these programs. They are: 1. Master of Art in Teaching 2. MS Alternate Path to Quality Teachers (MAPQT) 3. Teach Mississippi Institute (TMI) 4. American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)