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Why Residency?

Jana SheffieldTeacher residency is a novel educator preparation model that blends teacher-preparation coursework with a full academic year classroom internship alongside a high-quality mentor teacher. Within their placement classrooms, teacher residents immediately observe and practice the concepts and skills they are learning in their coursework. This immersive approach provides them with a gradual introduction to increasing responsibilities within the classroom. Most importantly, teacher residents get to experience the full 187-day school year, giving them extensive preparation to be successful in classrooms of their own.



By the Numbers

To date, 33 undergraduate residents have completed the Golden Eagle Teacher Residency Program at USM.

2023-24 Cohort: Seven undergraduate and 24 graduate residents are placed in 10 school districts across South Mississippi.

“The ability for a senior education major to spend 187 teacher days at a school and see every component of a school year is priceless! The combination of pedagogy through college work along with the practitioner component is definitely a win-win for the University, the students and our school district. We are thankful that USM partnered with us for their undergraduate residency program three years ago, and I am happy to report that we have many residency students who are now employed and thriving in our district.”

Dr. Matt Dillion, Petal School District Superintendent

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127 Joseph Greene Hall (JGH) 
118 College Dr. #5023
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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