Rivals join forces for excellence in teaching program
Mississippi’s two largest universities have joined forces to create an innovative program designed to attract the state’s best and brightest students into the field of education through a private gift totaling more than $12.9 million.
The Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program, or MET, is a joint effort by the School of Education at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and the College of Education at Mississippi State University (MSU) and is funded by the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation in Jackson.
Designed to be the equivalent of an honors college for education majors, the program seeks to increase interest in middle and high school teaching as a career for top incoming freshmen and community college transfer students. The initial goal will be to attract high ability students who want to become mathematics and English teachers and to help meet the needs of new Common Core standards introduced in Mississippi last fall.