2017 General Teacher Prep Programs Policy
The state should allow a diversity of alternate route providers. This goal was reorganized in 2017.
Alternate Route Providers: Mississippi no longer lists coursework requirements in solely credit hours, thereby removing barriers that were preventing entities that are not institutions of higher education from providing alternate routes. The state is commended for allowing a diversity of alternate route providers.
Mississippi Department of Education, Alternative Route Programs: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure/alternate-route-programs Office of Instructional Enhancement and Internal Operations, Summary of State Board of Education Agenda Items, October 20-21, 2011: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/docs/2011-board-agenda/tab_15_october_2011.pdf?sfvrsn=2
As a result of Mississippi's strong alternate route provider policies, no recommendations are provided.
Mississippi recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.
Not applicable. This goal was not scored in 2017.
Alternate routes should be structured to do more than just address shortages; they should provide an alternative pipeline for talented individuals to enter the profession. Many states have structured their alternate routes as a streamlined means to certify teachers in shortage subjects, grades, or geographic areas. A true alternate route creates a new pipeline of potential teachers by certifying those with valuable knowledge and skills who did not prepare to teach as undergraduates and are disinclined to fulfill the requirements of a new degree.
Some states claim that the limitations they place on the use of their alternate routes impose quality control. However, states control the criteria for who is admitted and who is licensed. With appropriate standards for admission and program accountability, quality can be safeguarded without casting alternate routes as routes of last resort or branding alternate route teachers "second-class citizens."