College of Education & Human Sciences

Teacher Residency Program

Mississippi Teacher Residency (MTR) Program

Beginning in summer 2022, the first cohort of MTR students began studying at Delta State with support from an almost $2-million grant from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE). MTR is part of a statewide initiative 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.

To learn more about MDE’s goals for MTR and apply for the 2023-24 school year, visit
Classes begin May 22, 2023.

Program Components

  • For Graduate Students Who Do Not Already Possess an Educator License
  • 1 Year Master’s Program (Summer, Fall and Spring Semesters) in Inclusive Elementary Education that Prepares Candidates for Elementary K-6 and Special Education Mild/Moderate K-8 Licensure
  • Full Academic Year Residency Experience in Local Elementary Classroom
  • Participants Receive: Full Scholarships, Textbooks and Testing Fees
  • Participants Interview with DSU and Partnering Districts as Part of Selection Process
  • Applicants Must Already Possess 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 (60 Hours of Coursework)

2022-2023 Partnering Districts:

  • Cleveland School District
  • DeSoto County School District
  • West Bolivar School District
  • Forrest Municipal School District
  • Clarksdale School District
  • Winona-Montgomery Consolidated School District
  • North Panola School District
  • More districts to be added.


Program Coordinator

Dr. Beverly Johnston
P: 601-519-8932