Mississippi Teacher Corps Member
University, MS - Posted on: Friday 09/16/16
The Mississippi Teacher Corps (MTC) selects exceptional college graduates to teach in high-poverty public schools in Mississippi. MTC provides training, support, certification, and a full scholarship for a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Mississippi. The school districts where participants are placed provide full pay and benefits.
Modeled after the Peace Corps, the Mississippi Teacher Corps (MTC) is a two-year program that trains non-education majors to teach in high-poverty public schools in Mississippi. In addition to teacher job placement, participants earn a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Mississippi.
Each year, we accept between 25-35 candidates. Due to the small size of the program, all participants move as a cohort through each stage of the training and coursework. During the school year, all MTC participants teach in critical-needs school districts in Mississippi and attend graduate classes at the University of Mississippi. The MTC currently places teachers in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and social studies.
The Mississippi Teacher Corps (MTC) looks for community service experience, experience working with children, knowledge of the subject-area in which you apply (this can be demonstrated by significant coursework in this subject-area), experience overcoming adversity, and experience working on a team. This is not an exhaustive list but contains some of the skills and experiences that the MTC looks for in an applicant.
After completing the program, you will receive a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an upgraded Class AA teaching license valid for three more years. If you continue to teach in Mississippi after graduation, you will receive a pay increase from your school district, and a bonus from MTC.
The Class of 2017 will begin the program June 1st, 2017. Early applicants will know before Jan. 1st, 2017 if they have been accepted to the program.
- An Undergraduate degree with significant coursework (12-18 hours, depending on the subject) in at least one of the following areas: math, science, English, or social studies.
- Applicants must graduate from college before the last week in May and have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
- 21 ACT composite score, or 990 SAT composite score, or passing scores on the Praxis Core test (Reading: 156, Writing: 162, Math 150).*
- Passing score on the Praxis II test in the subject area you wish to teach (click here for more information on the PRAXIS tests)*
- No previous education course work is required or expected.
Participants in the Mississippi Teacher Corps receive the following benefits:
- Full scholarship for a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi
- Scholarships to cover textbooks and course fees
- Class A teaching license
- $1,000 summer stipend to help cover moving & incidental expenses (half paid before the middle of July, half paid before the middle of August)*
- Free on-campus housing during the summer training program
- Breakfast and lunch during the summer training program
- Free hotel room on Friday and Saturday nights when classes meet in Oxford
- Job placement in a critical-needs school in Mississippi
- Full-time salary and benefits from your school district
- Mentoring and support from the MTC administration, second-year teachers and alumni
Complete the online application at http://mtc.olemiss.edu/apply/application/. Application includes: transcript, contact information for two references, resume, essay (see application for prompts). Deadline for early admittance: Nov. 7th.
The Mississippi Teacher Corps (MTC) selects exceptional college graduates to teach in high-poverty public schools in Mississippi. MTC provides training, support, certification, and a full scholarship for a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Mississippi.