Virtual Alternate Route Fairs: Two Dates Added in August

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has added two additional Virtual Alternate Route Fairs this summer to help aspiring teachers identify the alternate route teacher preparation program that is right for them. Completing an alternate route program is a required step for people who would like to transition into teaching but lack the certification or license.

Added dates include:

  • August 19, 6 p.m., featuring the Mississippi University for Women and Alcorn State University.  August 19 Registration Link.
  • August 26, 6 p.m., featuring Teach For America, Mississippi Teacher Corps and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Online at University of Mississippi. August 26 Registration Link.

Each fair will be held via video conference. Participants will get an overview of Mississippi’s alternate route options and “travel” to breakout rooms to hear presentations from three different colleges or universities in Mississippi. Presenters will provide information about each program’s cost, length, specialization and whether the program is virtual, in-person or a hybrid of both. Following the presentations, participants will complete a survey indicating whether they would like follow-up information.

Testing requirements for entry into educator preparation programs, which include the ACT and Praxis subject-area tests, are suspended through the end of 2021 because of closures due to COVID-19.

Attendees may register for one or both Virtual Alternate Route Fairs. Participants will receive a confirmation email after registering with information about joining the meeting. Each fair is limited to 275 participants.

For questions about the Virtual Alternate Route Fairs, contact Krystal Cormack at kcormack@mdek12.org.

For information about Mississippi’s Alternate Route Programs, visit: https://www.mdek12.org/OTL/OEL/Alternate.

  • August 19 Registration Link to Virtual Alternate Route Fair featuring Mississippi University for Women and Alcorn State University
  • August 26 Registration Link to Virtual Alternate Route Fair featuring Teach For America, Mississippi Teacher Corps and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Online at University of Mississippi

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