Mississippi Alternative Certification Programs

If you’re looking to become a teacher in Mississippi but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, there are a few programs available in the state that will allow you to earn teaching certification. Here is a look at what the programs are all about and what you need to know to apply.

Program Name: Mississippi Alternative Path to Quality Teachers Program (MAPQT)

Program Mission and Overview

The Mississippi Community College Foundation sponsors this alternative certification program for prospective teachers. The program was created to fill secondary teacher positions in areas in Mississippi that are suffering from teacher shortages.

The program consists of a three-week training period in which candidates complete 90 hours of work every week from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. These training periods cover topics that include:

  • State curriculum framework
  • Classroom management skills
  • Use of technology in education
  • Effective teaching strategies

After this training period, candidates work in a classroom and attend nine Saturday sessions throughout the year.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Candidates interested in applying to the program must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Those who earned this degree prior to 2005 must have a GPA of at least 2.0, while those who finished a degree program during or after 2005 must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and major GPA of 2.75.
  • Pass the PRAXIS I basic skills test.
  • Pass the PRAXIS II content area test.

Interested candidates may download the application packet on the MCCFS website.

Financial Information

Tuition for the MAPQT program is $2,000, which includes:

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Summer Session Fees: $1,250 for all associated costs — payment due by May 15.
  • Saturday Session Fees: $700 for all associated costs —paid in two installments in early September and early November.
  • WIN Job Centers may provide funding for some candidates.
  • Certain school districts offer tuition reimbursement options to candidates they hire.

Program Name: Teach Mississippi Institute (TMI)

Program Mission and Overview

The Teach Mississippi Institute offers a program that is designed to offer candidates with a bachelor’s degree and strong skills in math, science, foreign language or special education the opportunity to become a teacher. Candidates complete a 10-week online course at the beginning of the program. The first session also includes 60 hours of supervised teaching. After candidates complete the first session, they must obtain a teaching position to begin the second session. The second session consists of an 18-week online course and guidance from a mentor.

Eligibility and How to Apply

To be eligible for this program, candidates must:

  • Have either senior status or a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Pass the PRAXIS I basic skills test.
  • Pass the PRAXIS II content area test.
  • Complete a criminal background check.

Interested candidates can begin the application process on the TMI website.

Financial Information

Candidates are responsible for paying several fees associated with this program, including:

  • $40 application fee
  • $40 background check
  • PRAXIS fees

Tuition for this program is $915 for the first session — which includes a textbook, a free orientation lunch and a live seminar —and $1,445 for the second session.

Learn more about how to become a teacher in Mississippi.