Teacher Corps Programs

The intentional recruitment, preparation, and placement of teacher leaders is a rural imperative.

RSC's Rural Teacher Corps Network is a learning community.


Ozarks Teacher Corps

Springfield & West Plains, MO

Missouri's Ozark Teacher Corps: The Ozarks Teacher Corps was established in 2010 in conjunction with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Rural Schools Partnership. Accepted students commit to returning to their hometown or a similar rural Ozarks community to teach for at least three years. Corps members receive an annual scholarship and participate in a wide range of seminars, where they learn about a variety of rural topics. The overarching goal of the program is to develop teacher-leaders who will serve as catalysts for positive change. With a placement rate of 93%, the Ozarks Teacher Corps has been lauded nationally by media such as Education Week, Council on Foundations, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio. Read more about the Ozark Teacher Corps' place-based efforts here. The Ozarks Teacher Corps is an important component of RSC's Missouri Ozarks Hub.



California State University, Chico

The Computational Literacy Across Secondary Settings (CLASS) is a program of California State University, Chico offering accelerated and innovative pursuits to achieving a Masters of Arts in Teaching & credential in English, mathematics, science, or special education in California. The program is an outgrowth of the University's RiSE residency program and is funded through the Department of Education. The funding is in support of their Teacher Quality Partnership program, to assist and ready soon to be educators in high-needs areas. Support, both monetary and professionally, is provided for new teachers through their first two years of teaching. Chico State is a key partner in our North California Hub.


Black Belt Teacher Corps

The University of West Alabama

Black Belt Teacher Corps-Teach for Alabama: The University of West Alabama’s Black Belt Teacher Corps gives teacher education majors funding for their own education and provides additional dollars to jump-start educational initiatives in the schools where they will teach. The program receives significant financial support from the Alabama legislature. Students participate in the program for two years and commit to teaching in a Black Belt community for no less than three years. Since its inception, 15 teachers have been place in high poverty rural Black Belt schools. In addition, the success of the program has led to increased state funding to expand the initiative to attract non-traditional students. Learn more about this exemplary effort, which emerged in part from a Rural Schools Collaborative planning grant. UWA is the host partner of our Alabama Hub.


Great River Teacher Corps

Western Illinois University

The Great River Teacher Corps (GRTC) program was launched by Western Illinois University. The GRTC recruits and develops highly talented teachers to work in schools in West Central Illinois. In alignment with Western Illinois University’s mission, the Great River Teacher Corps is grounded in a regional perspective. The GRTC is a student-centered undergraduate program with a service component where participants are required to participate in value-added placed based learning activities that will focus on issues in rural schools. Administrators of the GRTC program have created partnerships with ROE’s, district superintendents, and local communities in 22 counties to ensure their participation in both recommendation of applicants and the hiring of GRTC graduates. The GRTC is also participating in the RSC/Grand Victoria Foundation Challenge Grant Program



Monmouth College, Illinois

Monmouth College TARTANS: TARTANS (Teachers Allied with Rural Towns and Neighborhood Schools) is a rural teacher corps initiative coordinated by Monmouth College Educational Studies Department. Educational Studies professors at Monmouth College believe the program prepares future rural teachers to establish themselves as "visionaries" in their communities. Because teaching is more than just working in a classroom, TARTANS strives to help strengthen the relationship between the school and the surrounding community. Learn more about this effort. This project received a capacity building grant the Galesburg Community Foundation, our Western Illinois Hub anchor, and is participating in the RSC/Grand Victoria Foundation challenge grant program.


EIU Rural Teacher Corps

Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University Rural Teacher Corps: The EIU Rural Teacher Corps is open to freshmen through seniors who are education majors with an interest in teaching in a rural community. The EIU Rural Teacher Corps currently has 55 participants, with 22 receiving some level of scholarship support. This program is facilitated by Dr. Brian Reid, an adjunct faculty member at EIU, Rural Schools Collaborative advocate, and chair of the Central Illinois Rural School Partnership. EIU is also participating in the RSC/Grand Victoria Foundation Challenge Grant program. Learn more about this program.


STEM-Focused Teacher Education

Missouri S&T prepares teachers for rural Missouri

Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri, is well known for its excellent engineering programs. But the university’s STEM-focused atmosphere is also benefitting students in Missouri S&T’s new department of teacher education and certification. At Missouri S&T, students seeking high school teaching certification earn a bachelor’s degree in their content area while taking the education courses required for certification. Over 100 students are currently pursuing educator certification in elementary or a secondary content area such as math. Many of those students started in another discipline, but switched to education after realizing their desire to give back to communities and teach a subject they enjoy. Currently, 40 S&T graduates from the last ten years are teaching in Missouri public schools, most of them in the rural areas surrounding Rolla, Missouri.


University of North Dakota's I-REED Project & Rural Partnership

University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota, a participant in the 2021 Catalyst Grant Initiative, also hosts the Rural Partnership scholarship program, which helps not only rural North Dakota teachers, but also those teachers’ schools, because the program focuses the teachers’ graduate research on their hometown schools. Since 2015, the Burgum Foundation – established by alumni Rick and Jody Burgum – has been a philanthropic force in the state, focusing on North Dakota’s backbone of rural communities in the causes it supports. The organization’s latest effort, in collaboration with UND and the College of Education & Human Development, is titled the “Partnership for Rural Education in North Dakota.”


Appalachian Future Educators

Morehead State University

The Volgenau College of Education at Morehead State University and its Appalachian Regional Education Hub proposes a community connections program to enhance its newly launched Appalachian Future Educators (AFE) Scholars Program. The program’s purpose is to enhance the pipeline of qualified educators and educational leaders returning to the 22 rural counties in our historical service region. We believe this program is a first important step in strengthening partnerships with school districts in identifying, recruiting, and mentoring students from the region so they can return and give back to their home communities as rural educational leaders. The AFE Scholars symbolizes Morehead State’s renewed commitment to its historic mission as “a Light to the Mountains.”


The Proud Rural Teacher Initiative

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a member of the four institution cohort that will plan, develop, and launch an intentional rural teacher preparation effort with support from a $25,000 planning grant.


KSU Rural Education Center


The Rural Education Center of Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

The Rural Education Center, or REC, of Kansas State University’s College of Education has created an organization designed to support future rural educators. Education Advocates Supporting Teachers in Rural Areas (ED-ASTRA, or Teaching Stars, a take-off of the State of Kansas motto) is a new group focused on students interested in teaching in rural areas. ED-ASTRA encourages students, especially rural students, to complete the K-State College of Education’s teacher preparation program with the goal of returning to their home district or a rural area to teach. Besides building a community of rural-focused future teachers, part of members’ responsibilities would involve visiting rural schools to promote teaching as a career.


Teach Rural Oregon

Eastern Oregon University

The multifaceted project at Eastern Oregon University’s College of Education focuses on recruiting, training, and supporting educators in Oregon’s rural and isolated districts, and is run in partnership with the local Wallowa Region 18 ESD. The program emphasizes the recruitment of diverse student teachers to complete their student teaching in rural and isolated rural districts across Oregon. TRO engages each step of the teacher pipeline beginning with the Eastern Oregon Teacher Academy, early outreach program to high school students and paraprofessionals, a Junior Field Study Program at a rural school with housing, food, and a stipend all provided for by the university, and lastly the Cottonwood Crossing Teacher Institute, a week-long, place-based training camp showing students how to bring science, writing, and reading together in a curriculum responsive to local context.


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2022 Catalyst Initiative Rural Teacher Corps

University of Mary

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2022 Catalyst Initiative Rural Teacher Corps

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

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2022 Catalyst Initiative Rural Teacher Corps

University of Indianapolis CELL

Coming Soon!


Maryland Accelerates Program

Frostburg State University

In 2019, Frostburg State University (FSU) was awarded a five-year, $4.1 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Education Department (Grant No. U336S190008) for the Maryland Accelerates Teacher-Leader Residency Program. The project is designed to launch and refine an innovative partnership that is focused on solving problems inherent with teacher recruitment, preparation, induction, support, retention, and advancement through the collaborative implementation of a comprehensive teacher career continuum. Diverging from higher education’s traditional teacher preparation focus on the early stages in a teacher’s career (i.e., recruitment and preparation), Maryland Accelerates strategically partners with local education agencies (LEAs) to also address new teacher induction, professional learning, and development of career ladder frameworks for retention and career advancement. Through this work, Maryland Accelerates offers a new perspective for the development of a region-wide infrastructure to support the teacher workforce, customizing supports to serve high-need, rural communities.


University of Wyoming Rural Teacher Corps

University of Wyoming

University of Wyoming is a member of the four institution cohort that will plan, develop, and launch an intentional rural teacher preparation effort with support from a $25,000 planning grant.


University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions

Arkansas Teacher Corps

University of Arkansas

The Arkansas Teacher Corps is a partnership between the University of Arkansas, the Walton Family Foundation, the Arkansas Department of Education, and Arkansas public school districts to recruit, train, license and support diverse Arkansans as empowered teachers. ATC fellows complete a seven-week summer training institute before teaching for three years in a partner school district in the Arkansas Delta, during which time they engage in ongoing professional development and personalized 1:1 coaching. Fellows also receive a $5,000 stipend (in addition to a full-time teaching salary), differentiated Praxis testing support, and holistic social-emotional support.


Southern Illinois University Grow Your Own

Carobondale, Illinois

Southern Illinois University Grow Your Own: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale received an Illinois-based Grow Your Own Grant to establish a rural teacher corps with an emphasis preparing special education teachers for the southern Illinois region. Currently, 19 students are part of a cohort that is receiving a variety of special resources and training. The project originated from a partnership with the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools. The SIU Grow your own project is also participating in the RSC/Grand Victoria Foundation Challenge Grant program. Learn more about this effort.


Quincy University Rural Teacher Corps

Quincy, Illinois

Quincy University Rural Teacher Corps: Quincy University's program is in its second year. Students receive scholarship support and make a commitment to teach in a rural school in the Greater Quincy region. Students have the unique experience of teaching in a summer academy that serves school-aged students in the Quincy region. The program received major support from the Illinois-based Tracy Foundation, and it is participating in the RSC/Grand Victoria Foundation Challenge Grant program. Learn more about Quincy University's effort.


Rural Schools Partner Benefit Program

Valley City State University, Valley City, ND

T​he Rural School Partner Benefit Program​ is designed to create a “dynamic and sustained university-school district partnership that will promote collaboration between the University and partner schools with a focus on student learning and educator preparation.” This effort will include both school district and university faculty and teacher candidates. One of the very first formalized partnerships is between V​alley City State University​ and the Lisbon Public Schools.​ ​Dr. Steven Johnson,​ Lisbon Superintendent of Schools and RSC Advocate, shared the details of the partnership. “The focus will be on offering our students more dual-credit opportunities and preparing future teachers while updating current LPS staff with graduate credit. Johnson added, “We will collaborate to place VCSU graduates in our school while helping them supervise and assess preservice teachers in clinical experiences.”


Teacher Residency in Rural Education (TRRE)

University of New Hampshire

At the University of New Hampshire, students earning a masters in education can receive their degree and teacher certification through the Teacher Residency for Rural Education, otherwise known as TRRE. The UNH Teacher Residency was funded in 2016 with a 4.3 million dollar grant from the United States Department of Education from the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant. Accepted applicants receive a $28,000 stipend, a 50% instate tuition discount, and a laptop during the 15-month residency.