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Mississippi Teacher Residency

The 2022 MTR application is closed.  Please check this site periodically to learn about updates for Cohort 5 (2023-2024). 

Program Information

The Mississippi Teacher Residency (MTR) is a graduate program that combines college coursework and job-embedded training to prepare prospective educators for the teaching profession in geographical critical shortage areas. The program will enroll up to 200 candidates for each school year to work toward their graduate degree and Mississippi teacher certification. The MTR is part of a statewide strategy to expand and diversify the teacher pipeline, so that all students have teachers who are well-prepared, appropriately licensed, and can serve as role models. 

The MTR program strives to support individuals who want to become teachers but are not currently enrolled in an educator preparation program. MTR applicants must have a Bachelor's degree and either meet the minimum required passing score on the Praxis Core, have a 21 or higher on the ACT/SAT equivalent, OR have a 3.0 GPA (60 hours of coursework) AND Praxis Content Knowledge Test acceptable scores. People of color, veterans of the Armed Forces, and teacher assistants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Teacher residents will complete a master's degree program in elementary and special education while working alongside an experienced teacher mentor. Each MTR resident will receive a full degree scholarship to an MTR-sponsored university, support for required licensure examinations, one-on-one teacher mentors, and ongoing coaching throughout the program's duration. The project is funded by American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds. 

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Office of Teaching and Leading (OTL) aspire to provide culturally responsive residents with tools to become certified educators to meet the needs of Mississippi’s diverse and changing educational programs across the state through leadership, collaboration, and service.

The mission of the Mississippi Teacher Residency (MTR) is to create opportunities for individuals who aspire to become an effective teacher in diverse classrooms and provide ALL students of Mississippi a deserved world-class education.

MTR Goals:

  1. Recruit, prepare, and graduate an increasing number of academically talented, diverse residents from under-represented groups each year as highly effective elementary education and special education teachers to serve in critical shortage areas serving low income children, racial/ethnic minorities, and children with disabilities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19;
  2. Design and implement a teacher residency program for qualified IHEs that culminates in MS teacher certification and a graduate degree;
  3. Collaborate with partners including Mississippi public schools and educators, school leaders, teacher education and Arts and Sciences faculty, and community-based organizations (CBOs)  to implement and continually improve the teacher residency program; 
  4. Design and implement innovative curricula for the preparation of teacher residents to address the needs presented by students in schools identified as geographical critical shortage areas while enhancing the capacity of EPP's to meet the educational workforce needs of communities;
  5. Support the professional development of teachers and leaders in partnership schools with the development of job-embedded training and enhance the capacity of CBOs to work with teachers to meet the educational needs of communities;
  6. Design and implement a mentoring and induction program to support the success and retention of program graduates; 
  7. Engage stakeholders in a review of the residency program and to identify a framework for sustainability and lessons that can be applied to teacher education programs at MDE; 
  8. Conduct research on the impact of teacher residency programs on teacher diversity, retention, and effectiveness relative to student learning.


Tiffany Hardy-Terrell

Coordinator of Innovative Programs