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Mississippi Teacher Residency

The Mississippi Teacher Residency (MTR) is a two-year program that combines course-work and on-the job trainings to prepare prospective educators for the teaching profession. The program will enroll 35 candidates for the 2019-20 school year to work toward their undergraduate 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 is for people 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. Residents will receive a full scholarship funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and may receive a housing allowance through the AmeriCorps program.

MTR Partner Commitments

Mississippi Department of Education (MDE)

  • Manage program operations including recruitment and selection MTR candidates, distribution of grant funds and program support
  • Select partnering institutions
  • Support residents in the teacher licensing process

Partnering School Districts

  • Recruit candidates to apply to the MTR
  • Help select teachers in residence
  • Determine host schools for teachers in residence
  • Select master teachers at host schools
  • Employ candidates upon completion of residency

Resident Teacher

  • Enroll in higher education institution as determined by the MTR
  • Complete degree program and residency program requirements
  • Become a certified Mississippi teacher
  • Commit to teaching in placement district for three years upon completion of residency

Master Teacher

  • Serve as supervising teacher
  • Mentor resident teacher
  • Participate in MDE sponsored trainings
  • Provide resident teacher with small-group teaching experience in year one and lead teaching experience in year two

Partnering Institutions of Higher Learning

  • Design residency experience to include coursework and classroom experience and award credits toward undergraduate degree
  • Provide ongoing support and development for teachers in residence
  • Provide guidance for clinical experience for the master teacher and resident teacher

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

  • Provide financial support for tuition and programming
  • Support the MDE in evaluating the MTR’s effectiveness

MTR Goals

  • Recruit, prepare, and graduate an increasing number of academically talented, diverse candidates from under-represented groups each year as highly qualified elementary education and special education teachers for high-need schools;
  • Design and implement a 24-month teacher residency program for partnership schools that culminates in MS teacher certification and an undergraduate degree;
  • 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; 
  • Design and implement innovative curricula for the preparation of teacher residents to address the needs presented by students in high-need schools;
  • Support the professional development of teachers and leaders in partnership schools, and enhance the capacity of CBOs to work with teachers to meet the educational needs of communities;
  • Design and implement a two-year induction program to support the success and retention of program graduates; 
  • Engage stakeholders in a review of the residency program and to identify lessons that can be applied to other teacher education programs at MDE; Conduct research on the impact of teacher residency programs on teacher retention and student learning.

Video Link to Pre-Proposal Webinar


Beth Loflin

Assistant Director of Educator Effectiveness