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MDE Invites Applicants for Mississippi Teacher Residency Program


For Immediate Release: January 3, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) invites aspiring teachers to apply to be a member of the next cohort of the Mississippi Teacher Residency (MTR) program, which is a two-year commitment that combines coursework and on-the-job training to prepare prospective educators for the teaching profession. Applications for the 2020-21 school year will be accepted January 3 through February 3, 2020.

The MTR program 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. It is specifically designed for candidates who want to become a teacher but are not currently enrolled in an educator preparation program.

MTR applicants must have an associate degree or at least 60 college credits from a degree program with a minimum 2.75 grade point average. Men and women of color, veterans from the Armed Forces, and junior college graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Teacher residents will complete a two-year undergraduate elementary education and special education program while working alongside an experienced teacher mentor in one of four participating districts. The project is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Each MTR Resident will receive a full degree scholarship to a selected MTR-sponsored university; support in Praxis and Foundations of Reading licensure examinations; one-on-one teacher mentors; and ongoing professional development throughout MTR program.

The application can be found at or call (601) 359-1743 for more information.


Media Contact: 

Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
Director of Communications

Jean Cook, APR
Director of Public Relations