Multicultural Teacher Recruitment Program (MTRP)

Since 1985, the Multicultural Teacher Recruitment Program (MTRP), formerly Minority Teacher Recruitment Project, has been addressing the shortage of teachers of color in our nation's classrooms. The program is a partnership among the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development, the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), and the schools of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC).

We focus on recruiting teachers of color candidates who will strive to incorporate the values, learning styles, and multiple cultural perspectives reflected in today's public schools.

MTRP helps hundreds of students realize their goal of becoming certified teachers in Kentucky's schools by providing career guidance, professional development seminars, workshops, and financial assistance.

Our programs are designed to:

  • Increase the number of highly qualified minority teachers in elementary, middle and secondary schools in JCPS, OVEC, and the state.
  • Identify and recruit high school students who are interested in teaching.
  • Recruit students at community colleges and support their transition to a four-year institution.
  • Recruit professionals seeking a career change to the teaching field and support their enrollment in one of our graduate teacher preparation programs.

Our Mission

MTRP GroupThe Multicultural Teacher Recruitment Program (MTRP), in collaboration with the University of Louisville, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC), endeavors to alleviate teacher shortages at all levels by increasing minority teacher representatives for the progressively diverse status of our nation, Kentucky, and the Louisville metropolitan area. MTRP supports the University and the College of Education and Human Development in improving the accessibility of quality teacher preparation by providing financial and academic assistance, as well as professional development to undergraduate and graduate minority students. In addition, MTRP aims to engage students at the middle and high school levels through programming and academic enrichment opportunities to enhance their academic success at the collegiate level, and to further promote minority teacher recruitment for our communities.