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Application Requirements

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PROSPECTIVE TEACHING PERSONNEL

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: Before a teaching certificate can be issued by the State Department of Education, all prospective teaching applicants applying for a Mississippi certificate for the first time, must submit and have approved, a completed “Mississippi Educator Licensure Application Packet” containing all required official supporting documentation for the specific class of license(s) requested.

State Department of Education – teaching certificate information may be obtained from the Meridian Public School District Personnel Office or by writing the Office of Teacher Certification, Mississippi State Department of Education, P. O. Box 771, Jackson, Mississippi 39205, Telephone 601.359.3483

MISSISSIPPI TEACHING CERTIFICATE: A valid Mississippi Teaching Certificate, indicating certified areas of endorsement at the elementary or secondary grade level, should accompany your application. Please enter your Educator's License Number in the appropriate section of the online application.

RECOMMENDATION FORMS: The three (3) enclosed recommendation forms are to be given to the individuals you have listed as references on your application. The forms must be mailed by the individuals completing the recommendations to the Meridian Public School District Office of Human Resources. In addition to the enclosed recommendations, if college or university placement files are available, they must be mailed directly to the Meridian Public School District Office of Human Resources.

TRANSCRIPT: Official transcripts of all college credit must be furnished to the Meridian Public School District Office of Human Resources before your file is complete. Transcripts must indicate that you have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

EMPLOYEE BACKGROUND CHECK: The employee background screening process will be conducted on any individual recommended for employment in the Meridian Public School District. This process, which includes fingerprinting and the child abuse registry check, will take place at the Meridian Public School District Office. This process must be done before your file is complete. The fee is $60, payable only in cash.

ACCEPTANCE OF OTHER POSITIONS: If you accept a teaching position in another school system, please notify the Meridian Public School District Office of Human Resources.

COMPLIANCE POLICIES: In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1962, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Meridian Public School District’s policy assures that no one shall on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the school.

Your application is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your interest in the Meridian Public School District.

REVISED: 6/2001

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