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Due to COVID-19, testing has been suspended for Alternate Route. In order for the suspension to apply, a candidate must complete TMI 1 and have all materials to MDE to apply for the TMI 1 license by 12/31/2021. Candidates that complete TMI 1 prior to 12/31/21 will have until the TMI 1 license expires to complete TMI 2 and teach for one year (internship) in order to upgrade to the standard license.  These candidates will NOT be required to take the exams to upgrade their license after TMI 2. In order to complete TMI 1, you must have either the hours in a subject area (see Alternate Route Required Tests page) or a passing Praxis Subject Assessment.

Full Acceptance Conditional Acceptance
  • Bachelor’s degree from a nationally/regionally accredited university/college
  • Castlebranch.com Background check or “option 2” letter from district
  • Passing Praxis Core or ACT/SAT replacement (there is no minimum GPA for candidates providing this)
  • Passing Praxis Subject Assessment score in an MDE-approved subject area
  • Bachelor’s degree -OR- second-semester senior-standing from a nationally/regionally accredited university/college
  • Castlebranch.com Background check or “option 2” letter from district
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA (no minimum GPA for candidates with a passing Praxis Core or ACT/SAT replacement)
  • Passing Praxis Subject Assessment score in an MDE-approved subject area

TMI 1 Admission Requirements

TMI 1 Admission Categories

TMI 1 has two categories of admission: Full Acceptance and Conditional Acceptance (requirements detailed above). The admission category reflects a candidate’s readiness to apply for a license upon completion of TMI 1 coursework. Admitted candidates providing all items needed by TMI to recommend for licensure upon course completion are given “Full Admission.” Admitted candidates lacking items needed by TMI to recommend for licensure are given “Conditional Acceptance” (with a list of the items needed for a status change and a deadline to submit missing materials).

A candidate may be accepted into TMI 1 without passing scores on the Praxis Core (or ACT) if the candidate can provide proof of a college GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, in order to finish TMI 1, all candidates, including those accepted using the 3.0 GPA, must submit passing Praxis Core (or ACT/SAT) scores to TMI by the date specified on their acceptance letter.

Background Check Information

All Teach Mississippi Institute candidates must submit to a background check. Candidates have two options to satisfy the background check requirement (no additional substitutions allowed). These options are:

  • Option 1: Visit castlebranch.com, select “Place Order”, initiate a background check using the package code TB23, and pay the $40 fee.
  • Option 2: If you work at an MDE-accredited school, and plan on doing all your observation hours at that school, you can request the district office or principal send a memo on district/school letterhead stating that you have (email sent from the leader’s school email account is also acceptable):
    • passed the background search administered by your school district
    • have permission to complete all your observations at the district/school.

Transcript Information

TMI requires an official college transcript showing a bachelor’s degree (or senior status) from an accredited college or university -AND- all undergraduate coursework. If candidate’s degree-granting institution does not list transferred coursework, additional transcripts should be sent.  Master’s degree transcripts are not required.  University of Mississippi graduates DO NOT need to request a transcript.  Institutions can send electronic transcripts to tmi@olemiss.edu to the attention of Jason Wilkins.  Sealed official transcripts, sent by student or institution, are also acceptable.  Transcripts that have been opened cannot be accepted. Please make sure to send transcripts to TMI, not to The University of Mississippi.  We cannot access escripts or paper transcripts sent to UM Admissions.

Transcripts must also be sent to MDE before license can be issued (the TMI 1 completion instructions will prompt you to send transcript to MDE as you are applying; transcripts previously sent to MDE will still be on file with the agency).

ATTENTION: If you have attained senior status and are within one semester of your degree, TMI Online will need a copy of your transcript for admission -AND- a copy of the transcript once the degree has been conferred and posted (on the transcript).

Notification of Admission

When an application is received, an email is sent confirming receipt and providing a copy of the background check instructions listed previously.  Throughout the admission process, emails may be sent to prompt applicant for materials or notify applicant of the receipt of materials.
Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis. Candidates are notified of their admission via email. The PDF attached to the acceptance email includes the acceptance letter and invoice. If acceptance is conditional, an “orientation agreement” listing items needed before TMI 1 completion is also included.

It is important that the candidate application includes an email address that is regularly checked and belongs solely to the candidate (no school or employer owned emails).

You should apply if you have:

  • earned a bachelor's degree in a non-education area from a nationally/regionally accredited institution of higher learning (or are entering your final semester), and
  • possess extensive knowledge of art, biology, chemistry, Chinese, economics, English, family & consumer sciences, French, German, health, Latin, library/media, marketing, mathematics, music, physical education, physics, mathematics, social studies, Spanish, speech communications, or special education, and
  • want a secure and rewarding career that will impact hundreds of lives,

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