Completing an Alternate Route program is a required step for an individual who holds a bachelor's degree (non-education) and would like to transition into teaching but lacks the certification or license. Currently there are four methods to obtaining certification through the Alternate Route. The Alternate Route Teacher programs are listed below:
- Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) 7-2017
- Teach Mississippi Institute (TMI) 9-11-17
- American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) 3-2016
- Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality Teachers (MAPQT) 8-2015 (Program No Longer Offered - For Reference Only)
All three programs have the following components:
- Testing (Program entry and licensure testing requirements are suspended through December 31, 2021)
- 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 (Program entry and licensure testing requirements are suspended through December 31, 2021):
- Twenty-one (21) ACT equivalent or achieve the nationally recommended passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators examination
- Praxis II: Subject Area Test in the area you want to teach
- Each program offers specific subject areas. (Click here for Praxis Test Information)
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, an official transcript showing a bachelor's degree (non-education), 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 not an alternate route program for Elementary Education K-3 at this time. You must complete an approved program in Elementary Education K-3 to earn that license.
Educator Licensure Resources