Multicultural Teacher Recruitment Program (MTRP)

MTRP Class of 2019

Our Mission

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). 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 representation for the progressively diverse status of the metropolitan Louisville area, Kentucky, and in our nation.

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 is designed to:

  • Increase the number of highly qualified ethnically diverse 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.

MTRP strives to offer our students the support they need to be successful in their teacher certification program, to graduate, and to be effective and marketable teachers. We offer programmatic support including:

  • One-on-one coaching 
  • Student networking and support
  • Community partnerships
  • Praxis assistance/resources
  • Job placement support
  • Scholarships and more!