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What is the Teach Mississippi Institute?
The Teach Mississippi Institute Online (TMI) is an alternative to the regular teacher preparation route for a Mississippi teacher's license in secondary education (grade 7-12). Successful completion of both
components of TMI results in a standard, five-year
renewable Mississippi teacher's license.
The various Mississippi alternate route programs have
been subject to a number of modifications over the past
few years and continue to evolve under the regulations
and support of the Mississippi Department of Education.
Other alternate route programs are
described at the Mississippi Department of Education web site or you may call (601) 359-3483.
What is the Program of Study?
TMI I (First Component)
ONLINE COURSE WITH 2 LIVE SEMINARS
The first component of the Teach Mississippi Institute Online includes the following:
- 10-week online course
- Orientation in Oxford, MS. The next session will meet in Oxford, MS on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- 60 hours* of supervised experience in a secondary school setting
- Second seminar in Raymond, MS. The next session will meet in Raymond, MS, at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center on Saturday, April 20, 2013
- The first component costs $915; payment is due on or before Orientation.
No sessions are offered during the summer.
The online course covers classroom instruction and application in the fields of effective teaching strategies, classroom management, state curriculum frameworks, planning and instructional methodologies, and use of testing as formative and summative evaluation tools. During the course students will be required to participate in online discussions and submit quizzes. Students should anticipate spending 6 to 8 hours on the course every week.
In addition to classroom instruction, participants must spend 60 hours* in a secondary school setting, gaining hands-on supervised experience.
Upon successful completion of the first component of the Institute, participants may apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a non-renewable, temporary license and seek employment in a Mississippi public school district (or MDE-accredited private school). To enter the next component of the Institute the participant must secure an appropriate teaching position. TMI will assist where possible (we recommend talking to principals in the areas(s) where you would like to teach and to check our Employment Resources web page).
* This requirement is reduced to 30 hours for program participants who are concurrently teaching in a Mississippi Public School District or a MDE-accredited private school
TMI II (Second Component)
AFTER SECURING A TEACHING POSITION THE PARTICIPANT WILL SIGN UP FOR THE SECOND COMPONENT.
The second component of the Teach Mississippi Institute Online includes the following:
- 18-week online course
2 Seminars in Oxford, MS and Raymond, MS.
- The next session will meet in Oxford, MS, on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- and will meet again in Raymond, MS, on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Study with a Mentor that is assigned by their principal
Employed as a secondary school teacher in a Mississippi public school district (or MDE-accredited private school)*
The second component costs $1445; payment is broken into 5 payments. The first payment of $445 is due two weeks before the course begins.
The next session of TMI II will begin February 2, 2013. No sessions are offered during the summer.
The course will continue throughout the teacher's first year in the classroom and include completing an online course and attending live seminars delivered through workshops. The seminars should last no more than eight hours each. Students will also participate in mentoring programs at their schools and must successfully complete local school district evaluation(s).
Upon successful completion of all aspects of the second component and the first year of employment, participants may apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a standard, 5-year renewable Mississippi teacher's license.
* You will receive pay as a first year teacher (0). See the 2012-2013 MS Teach Salary Schedule. (PDF)
How much does the program cost?
The costs are as follows:
Application Fee: $40
TMI I (10-week online course): $915, which includes the cost of the textbook and lunch at the orientation and live seminar.
Background check: $40
TMI II (18-week online course): $1445
Late Fee for TMI II payments: $20
Replacement Certificate Fee: $25
Returned Check Fee: $35
For Scholarship information and other incentives,
A student may withdraw from the TMI program (component I or II) in the first two weeks
of the program's start date. The tuition costs will be 100% refunded
minus a $100 withdrawal fee and the costs of the textbooks.
Any student who leaves the program following the 2nd week of either component will
receive a 0% refund of their tuition.
It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from the program.
to notify our office in writing before the end of the 100% refund period will
result in charges for full tuition and fees being posted to the student's
The text book(s) must be returned to TMI in order to fulfill the withdrawal. If
the text book is returned in the same condition in which it was sent within the first
two weeks, the student will owe nothing. After the second week, the student
will owe 20% of the cost of the text. Thus, if they have paid the tuition
already, they will receive an 80% refund on the text book provided it is
Information about Outstanding Balances
If payment has not been received by 5:00 p.m. on the due date, a $20 late fee will be assessed. For each additional payment date that passes without payment, an additional $20 fee will be assessed.
Students must have no remaining balance in order to receive the completion
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