20 Year Old Teachers in Classrooms in Mississippi

By Ellen Ciurczak

Teachers as young as 20 — an age that, in some cases, would make them only a couple of years older than their students — could soon be coming to classrooms in Mississippi.

 A new agreement between the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College allows high school juniors and seniors who complete MGCCC’s Collegiate Academy to earn an associate’s degree while still in high school and then enter the Southern Miss Teachers College and earn a teaching degree in two years.

The program begins with an education track Collegiate Academy beginning in fall 2019 and could have 20-year-old teachers in classrooms by August 2023.

Here are answers to some of your questions.

Are 20-year-olds mature enough to teach my child?

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