Pathways to Teaching

  • Certification Programs and Partnerships

    Mississippi Teacher Residency (A Mississippi Department of Education Program)

    In May 2019, The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) launched an initiative to recruit, increase and retain the number of academically talented and diverse teacher candidates to enter and remain in the profession through a teacher-residency program.

    The Mississippi Teacher Residency Program is a rigorous twenty-four (24) month program granting Mississippi teacher certification in

    • Elementary Education (Undergraduate) AND
    • Special Education from an accredited four-year Mississippi College or University.


    Participants spend two (2) years in a participating district with mentorship from a high-quality teacher with collaboration from community partners and other educators.

    Participants in the JPS cohort of MTR commit to teaching three (3) years with Jackson Public Schools. People of color, veterans and students at junior colleges are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Eligible participants may receive housing upon completion of a required AmeriCorps Application, as well as moving expenses to the district upon application from the District.

    Residents also receive a full scholarship funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and support with all licensure examinations needed for licensure within Mississippi.

    To learn more about MTR, visit


    JPS Teacher Certification Initiative

    In October 2020, JPS began to partner with colleges and universities around the state to establish the JPS Teacher Certification Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to provide a pathway to standard Mississippi educator certification for provisionally licensed district employees through the university alternate route and degree programs. Through this collaborative effort, JPS provides support to teachers seeking a five-year license by paying for one or more classes to assist them in the certification process. Teachers who receive this assistance agree to three (3) years of service with JPS.

    Currently, JPS is partnered with William Carey University (Participants complete requirements for certification only)and is striving to expand this partnership to address teacher shortage issues in hard-to-fill areas:

    To learn more about the JPS Teacher Certification Initiative, please contact the JPS Office of Recruitment (601-985-3159)


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  • The Board of Trustees believes in the dignity of all individuals and worth of their labors. The Board of Trustees is an equal opportunity employer. See JPS Policy (GAAF) for the full statement regarding equal opportunity employment

  • Physical Address:
    624 South. President Street
    Jackson, MS  39201

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 2338
    Jackson, MS 39225


  • Have questions? We’re here to help!

    Telephone: (601) 960-8745

    Saundra Lyons
    Executive Director, Human Resources

    Stepfanie Nelson
    Director, Human Resources

    Dr. Tommy Nalls, Jr.
    Director, Recruitment

    Janet Wallace
    Manager of Teacher Support and Retention

    Cassandra Bonds
    PERS / Employment Verification Specialist



Last Modified on December 21, 2023