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:
All three programs have the following components:
- Training program or coursework
- One-year teaching internship
These are the steps you need to take for alternate route certification:
1. Decide what subject and age level you want to teach. This decision will help you choose which alternate route program will work for you.
2. All programs require testing:
- Praxis I (Reading, Writing and Math basic skills test)
- Praxis II: Subject Area test in the area you want to teach.
- Each program offers specific subject areas. (Click here for Praxis Test Information)
- ABCTE requires the Passport to Teaching subject exam
3. You need to choose an alternate route program. Many candidates choose a
program based on these criteria:
- geographical location of the program
- subject areas offered
- cost and time commitment
- internship requirements
- grade level
- your personal academic skills and professional background
4. Once you have successfully completed your testing you must enroll in an alternate route program and complete the training or coursework required. You will then be ready for your initial alternate license and internship.
Submit to the Office of Educator Licensure a completed licensure application, sealed transcript showing degree, your original Praxis scores and proof of alternate route enrollment.
5. The internship is your first year of teaching. Mentoring will be provided during the internship. You will be paid based on your bachelor’s degree status as a first year teacher. The internship period will be provisional based upon successful completion of the school year.
6. Upon completion of the internship, you are ready to apply for your five-year standard teaching license. Submit to the Office of Educator Licensure a completed licensure application and proof of internship completion.
Note: There is no alternate route for Elementary K-3. You must complete an approved program in Elementary Education K-3 to earn that license.
The following links give you a brief overview of the four approved alternate route programs in Mississippi:
The Alternate Route is for teachers with a non-teacher education bachelor degree from an accredited college/university. Currently there are four methods to obtaining certification through the Alternate Route. The Alternate Route Teacher programs are listed below.