MDE awards $ 9.9 million to five universities to tackle teacher shortage
JACKSON, Mississippi (WLBT) – Five universities in Mississippi are receiving nearly $ 10 million from the state’s education department.
As part of its Mississippi Teacher Residency Program, MDE awards $ 9,886,468 in grants to five state universities to cover tuition and expenses for up to 240 people seeking a graduate degree in teaching. primary and secondary.
MDE uses funds from the American Rescue Plan for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) to cover the grants.
The funds will go to each university‘s educator preparation programs to encourage students to earn a Mississippi degree and teacher certification.
The Mississippi Teacher Residency Program is one of the state’s strategies to address the teacher shortage.
An MDE survey of all public school districts in the state from August 21 to October 11, 2021 found 3,036 vacant certified teacher positions in Mississippi.
âAt MDE, we are committed to developing more effective teachers, especially for critical areas of Mississippi,â said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “We are delighted to work with these five universities to not only eliminate student financial costs for a graduate degree, but also to equip potential educators with the necessary tools inside and outside the classroom. class. “
The grant includes training alongside a mentor teacher, testing support, professional development, ongoing assessment and a commitment to teach in a district serving low-income children, racial / ethnic minorities, and children with disabilities.
The proposals from the universities listed in the table below were accepted. The amounts of the respective universities’ scholarships, which can be changed depending on how the universities establish their programs, are:
Delta State University
$ 951,463.20 (first year scholarship)
$ 951,463.20 (second year grant award)
$ 1,902,926.40 (total)
Jackson State University
$ 1,019,294.82 (first year scholarship)
$ 1,019,294.82 (second year grant award)
$ 2,038,589.64 (total)
Mississippi State University
$ 1,017,568 (first year scholarship)
$ 1,019,012 (second year scholarship)
$ 2,036,580 (total)
University of Southern Mississippi
$ 1,019,917 (first year scholarship)
$ 1,019,909 (second year grant award)
$ 2,039,826 (total)
William Carey University
$ 929,003 (first year scholarship)
$ 939,543 (second year scholarship)
$ 1,868,546 (total)
Total per year
$ 4,937,246.02 (first year scholarship)
$ 4,949,222.02 (second year grant award)
$ 9,886,468.04 (total)
Anyone accepted into the program will receive full scholarships, testing fees, books, and mentoring allowances.
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