Teach Mississippi Institute (TMI)
This is a pathway to teacher licensure outside the traditional, accredited program of teacher education. This pathway is a response to manpower needs that have not been met due to geographical, economic, or market-driven conditions.
Alternate licensure is available under the premise that the candidate brings content expertise in an area of middle and/or high school preparation to the classroom. Acceptable Praxis I and II scores must be obtained and reported prior to admission to the TMI program. Alternate licensure candidates need to realize that effective instruction results from a good balance between knoledge of content and instructional delivery aimed individually at each learner.
TMI course delivery each summer is intended to introduce the candidate to fundamentals in each of these areas of teaching. Candidates will register for nine graduate hours of credit to be completed during the summer semester. A portion of the summer experience may include a teaching assignment in summer remedial classrooms through a cooperating public school if candidates have no teaching experience.
Candidates are responsible for their own employment fall semester following successful completion of summer coursework. Upon securing a position, the candidate will register for a Supervised Internship - CIS 694. TMI staff will make classroom visits during the fall semester as well as maintain e-mail and/or chatroom communications to address concerns experienced during instruction. Internships are designed for instructional support AND assessment of teaching effectiveness. Completion of the internship following the summer course work satisfies state requirements for a Standard License-Nontraditional Route in your area of competence.
Upon successful completion of the 9-hour summer institute, participants may apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a One-Year Nontraditional Route License and seek employment in a Mississippi public school district. Employment in an appropriate teaching position is the responsibility of the participant. The Teacher Center at the Mississippi Department of Education may be of help in finding a position.
Candidates are encouraged to continue their study toward completion of a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). An interface between the first 12 hours and the MAT is purposeful and intended to draw candidates toward a professional degree in teaching. Pursuit of the MAT will require passing the Graduate Regord Exam (GRE) and admission to a graduate program. Candidates without formal admission will enroll in courses with a non-degree waiver. This status will cap the hours at nine that may be applied to a master's degree. Candidates interested in a MAT degree (and the felixibility for out-of-state employment) should register for one additional 3 hour course listed on the MAT Plan of Study wih the Supervised Internship. The spring term would include another internship and a reading procedures course.
Additional requirements will be negotiated with the candidate at the point of admission to the MAT.