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Mississippi Teacher Residency


2021 MTR Applications

The 2021 Mississippi Teacher Residency application deadline was Friday, February 5, 2021

Mississippi Teacher Residency

The Mississippi Teacher Residency (MTR) is a two-year program that combines college course-work and job-embedded training to prepare prospective educators for the teaching profession. The program will enroll 36 candidates for each school year to work toward their undergraduate or 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 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, military veterans, and junior college graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Teacher residents will complete an elementary education and special education program while working alongside an experienced teacher mentor in one of four participating districts. 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 professional development throughout the program's duration. The project is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 


The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Office of Teaching and Leading (OTL) aspire to provide culturally and linguistically competent 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) Program 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 teachers for high-need schools;
  2. Design and implement a 24-month teacher residency program for partnership schools that culminates in MS teacher certification and an undergraduate or 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 high-need schools;
  5. 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;
  6. Design and implement a two-year induction program to support the success and retention of program graduates; 
  7. Engage stakeholders in a review of the residency program and to identify lessons that can be applied to other teacher education programs at MDE; and
  8. Conduct research on the impact of teacher residency programs on teacher retention and student learning.


Tiffany Hardy-Terrell

Coordinator of Innovative Programs