State accepting applications for teacher residency program

The state is accepting applications for the Mississippi Teacher Residency program, which allows educators to pursue a graduate degree in elementary and special education.

The priority deadline to submit applications is March 15. Any applications submitted after March 15 will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until all slots are filled. Up to 200 individuals can be accepted into this cohort of the MTR program, which seeks to enroll diverse participants.

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 with a minimum of 60 hours in coursework and Praxis Content Knowledge Test acceptable scores.

Tuition and expenses, including testing fees, books and mentor stipends, will be covered for accepted applicants.

The Mississippi State Board of Education voted in December 2021 to award more than $9.8 million in grant funds to five university educator preparation programs at Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University. The state is using American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds to cover the grants.

The MTR program will include training alongside a mentor teacher, testing support, professional development, ongoing assessment and a commitment to teach in a geographical critical shortage school or district serving low-income children, racial/ethnic minorities and children with disabilities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

When applying, applicants will indicate what university program they want to join and select up to four school district options to work in. Confirmed participating school districts are included in the application and will be updated as needed on the MTR website based on each university’s established process for selecting district partners in geographical critical shortage areas. Pass Christian and Moss Point are two of the partner school districts.

MTR is one of the state’s strategies to address the national teacher shortage. An MDE survey to all public school districts in the state from Aug. 21 to Oct. 11, 2021 to assess educator shortage showed there are 3,036 certified teacher vacancies in Mississippi.

For more information on the MTR program, visit A direct link to the application is available here.

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