Before the Program
Who is eligible to apply for the Mississippi Teacher Corps?
College graduates from any academic discipline except education are eligible to apply to the MTC. Please keep in mind, however, that strong backgrounds in the four core subjects – English, math, science, and social studies – are reviewed with more scrutiny than others because those are the subjects identified as being highest need. Additionally, the MTC does not accept applications from certified teachers. Applicants must graduate from college before the last week in May and have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
Are there exceptions to the cumulative 3.0 grade-point average requirement?
You are still eligible to apply for the MTC. GPA is one factor we consider, especially in relation to your ability to handle graduate coursework.
What do you look for in an applicant?
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.
Can you describe the application process?
The first step is to submit an online application. The administration will review applications and contact a select number of applicants for interviews, and offers are generally made within two weeks of interviewing.
When will I be notified of an admissions decision?
MTC has a rolling admissions process in which applications are accepted until the incoming class has been filled. Administrators within the program analyze applications and conduct interviews until approximately late March, and typically, once an application has been reviewed, a candidate will hear something within two weeks. If no contact is made during that time, it is likely that the candidate was not selected for an interview.
Where does the Mississippi Teacher Corps place teachers and what grade levels can I teach?
The MTC teachers are certified to teach grades 7-12. Teachers are typically placed in the following school districts: North Panola, Holly Springs, Meridian, Marshall County, Greenville, Okolona, Aberdeen, West Point, and Byhalia. Teachers can be placed in 5th and 6th grade classrooms if the school is structured to have teachers with specific subjects.
What subjects can I teach?
The MTC currently places teachers in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and social studies.
Do I have to be a citizen of the U.S?
No. The program is open to non-U.S. citizens.
What is challenging about this program?
Teaching is a challenging profession, especially in critical-needs schools. To do it well requires a significant effort and commitment. In addition to this, participants are taking graduate courses. Good time-management, organization, and perseverance are a necessity. The rewards that come with teaching students are what make the effort worthwhile.
What can I do to learn more about MTC or if I have a question?
There is a wealth of information on this website. Our Future Participants section is a good place to go if you haven’t been there already. If you have any questions, call 662-915-5224 or fill out our online contact form. If you are nearby, you can arrange to meet with us to talk about the program.
During the Program
Does the Mississippi Teacher Corps provide housing?
The MTC provides on-campus housing during the 7-week summer training program. We do not provide housing during the school year; however, we can help you find housing accommodations near your placement.
Can I chose my placement and the grade level I want to teach?
Since placements are primarily based on the needs of the school districts, MTC participants have no influence over what grade they teach or where they are placed.
How do I complete my master’s degree while teaching?
During the fall and spring semesters, participants attend classes in Oxford seven times a semester. Classes are held on Saturday from 8:30am-5:00pm, and all courses are taught by University of Mississippi faculty. Three courses are taken during the first summer and are part of the training necessary to become a licensed teacher. One course is taken during the first half of the second summer.
After the Program
What happens after I complete the program?
After completing the program, you will receive a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, 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.
Can I pursue a career in administration after graduation?
Principal Corps is a comprehensive training program designed to transform classroom teachers into K-12 leaders who are equipped to guide children, teachers, and schools to success. There are also several other ways to pursue an administrative position.
What other opportunities exist for graduates of the program?
Many of our graduates stay in education in some capacity. Some continue teaching in Mississippi while some choose to teach in other states. Others have enrolled in medical school or law school. The possibilities are endless.