MDE Early Childhood Specialized Training

This training is offered to teachers that need to acquire twelve hours of approved early childhood coursework to teach in pre-k classrooms. The completion of this training program will be the equivalent of twelve hours of course work needed for teachers and assistants of pre-k classrooms, general education and special education, lacking an emphasis in early childhood.

Completion of this training program includes:

  • one-day onboarding training (July 2020)
  • two on-line courses (beginning August 2020)
  • submission of all assignments to receive certification
  • and a two-week face-to-face training at one of our six locations across the state (Jackson, Hattiesburg, Indianola, Columbus, Brookhaven, and Oxford, June 14-25, 2021, excluding the weekend)

The face-to-face components of bootcamp training will also meet the requirements of professional development for administrators of pre-k classrooms. Typically the face-to-face component is offered first, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic MDE is reversing the order of the program.

Please reference the graphic on the early childhood web page to help determine if you should attend the Specialized Early Childhood Training Bootcamp.

Registration: Additional information regarding registration will be coming soon. Registration will be handled through North MS Education Consortium ( Participants will be required to create an account, provide a valid email address that is checked on a regular basis, and select one of the six sites for the two-week face-to-face training that you will be attending.