The American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence hosted information sessions in Meridian Tuesday for potential new teachers.
It wants to put talented teachers in high-need school districts and subject areas.
The ABCTE is a national teacher certification program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
It's offering full scholarships for individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree to become trained and certified as teachers in Mississippi, if they commit to teach in a high-need district for three years.
"With us, you do have to have a bachelor's degree, but you bypass taking additional college courses and state exams," said Amber Canidy, district outreach coordinator. "So we are an alternative to the traditional right that is filling the need for high-need districts and subject areas."
Those who could take advantage of the program would be recent college graduates, mid-career professionals or even someone who retired young and wants to help the next generation through teaching.
Interested individuals may find more information, including finding an online application at www.abcte.org/inspire or by calling 877-669-2228.
Below is a list of other information session being held in Mississippi:
Wednesday, February 24 at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30pm
Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center
220 West Front Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39430
Thursday, February 25 at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30pm
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
1001 Dauphin Street
Picayune, MS 39466
Saturday, February 27 at 10 & 11am, noon & 1pm
Margaret Sherry Library
2141 Popps Ferry Road
Biloxi, MS 39532
Tuesday, March 2 at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30pm
Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Club
500 Knox Road
Kosciusko, MS 39090
Wednesday, March 3 at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30pm
Jodi Wilson Memorial Library
209 East Martin Luther King Drive
Greenwood, MS 38930
Saturday, March 6 at 10 & 11am, noon & 1pm
Buster Brown Community Center
400 E Robert Shaw Street
Greenville, MS 38701
Tuesday, March 9 at 5, 6 & 7pm
Lee County Library
219 North Madison Street
Tupelo, MS 38804
Wednesday, March 10 at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30pm
Holiday Inn Express
1510 Sunset Drive
Grenada, MS 38901