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 where mathematics is an area identified for improvement. 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.
2020-2021 Application Procedure
2020-2021 MSTC Program Applications are due to VDOE by 4 p.m., Friday, June 5, 2020
- 2020-2021 MSTC Program Application and Instructions-This is a Word document.
- 2020-2021 List of Eligible Schools-This is a Word document.
The streamlined MSTC program application process for the 2020-2021 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: Maecy Richmond, Grants and Reports Manager, Department of Learning and Innovation, Phone: 804-225-3609, or Tina Mazzacane, Mathematics Coordinator, Department of Learning and Innovation, Phone: 804-225-4849.
For the 2020-2021 MSTC program, all middle-grade schools or any schools housing grades 6, 7 or 8 that have a combined overall proficiency and growth rate for mathematics below 79 percent 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 two years of experience in full-time teaching of middle- or high-school mathematics;
- have a minimum of 15 semester hours of mathematics coursework; and
- have demonstrated success in improving students’ academic achievement in mathematics.