Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps (MSTC)
The Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps (MSTC) helps school divisions fill a critical teacher shortage area, middle school mathematics. By providing targeted funding to help school divisions recruit and/or retain qualified middle-school mathematics teachers, students are better able to meet curriculum standards and have a more solid foundation for success in high school mathematics.
The Virginia MSTC program provides the structure and incentives for school divisions to recruit and retain experienced mathematics teachers for middle schools that have been designated as "at risk in mathematics" as a result of being Accredited with Warning in mathematics. Schools eligible to participate in the MSTC will have the opportunity to take part in the initiative for at least three years and provide qualified teachers with incentive payments of $5,000 per year, pending available funding from the Virginia General Assembly. School divisions may apply for funding to provide an annual salary differential of $5,000 for three years for each approved MSTC position.
2016-2017 Application Procedure
2016-2017 MSTC Program Applications are due to VDOE by 4 p.m., Monday, March 21, 2016.
The streamlined MSTC program application process for the 2016-2017 school year continues to focus on reinforcing the quality of mathematics instruction in middle schools and ensuring that at-risk students receive a solid foundation in mathematics. However, the revised process substantially simplifies how school divisions with eligible schools access and use MSTC funds to recruit or retain effective middle-grades mathematics teachers.
For More Information Contact: Kim Powell, Grants and Reports Manager, Division of Instruction, Phone: 804-225-3609, or Jim Firebaugh, Science and Mathematics Specialist, Division of Instruction, Phone: 804-225-3688.
To be eligible for funds, schools must:
- be Accredited with Warning in mathematics under the state’s school accreditation process; or
- be identified as Priority Schools, where mathematics is an area identified for improvement.
Note: Middle schools or any schools housing grades 6, 7 or 8 that are Accredited with Warning in mathematics are eligible to participate in this initiative.
Qualified MSTC teachers must:
- hold an active, five-year Virginia teaching license;
- hold an appropriate teaching endorsement to teach middle school mathematics;
- have at least three years of experience in full-time teaching of middle- or high-school mathematics;
- have a major or minor in mathematics (a minimum of 18 semester hours of mathematics coursework); and
- have demonstrated success in improving students’ academic achievement in mathematics.