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MDE to Host Virtual Alternate Route Fairs for Aspiring Teachers MDE to Host Virtual Alternate Route Fairs for Aspiring Teachers

MDE to Host Virtual Alternate Route Fairs for Aspiring Teachers


JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will hold three Virtual Alternate Route Fairs in July 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.


Each fair will be held via Zoom. 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.


“We are excited to partner with Mississippi’s alternate route providers across the state to offer these virtual events,” said Krystal Cormack, MDE director of talent acquisition. “This is an opportune time for transitioning professionals to consider a career in teaching. This program will provide timely, important information about the different options available right here in our state.”


MDE Launches Website to Help Children Become Strong Readers Strong Readers Strong Leaders

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has revamped its Strong Readers website,, to help families assist their children with building their reading skills. The site is organized by grade level, from kindergarten through grade 5. It includes strategies for developing strong reader habits and a series of activities to practice the five components of reading, and a free, online