Principal Corps

The University of Mississippi


Admitted Principal Corps recruits receive full funding for tuition, books, fees, summer housing and a living stipend while at UM. Additionally, based on a cooperative agreement with your school district, most recruits can maintain their current salary and benefits during the academic year.

Upon accepting a principal or assistant principal position and beginning work at a public K-12 school each recruit receives a $10,000 signing bonus. Each graduate makes a five-year commitment to stay in Mississippi after graduation.

District Support

We encourage principals and superintendents throughout the state to identify outstanding educators and nominate them for the Principal Corps. Partner districts often retain a teacher as an intern principal for one semester while receiving another candidate from another district the next semester. In most cases, recruits’ home school districts continue to support intern principals during the year. Thanks to special funding available from the Mississippi Department of Education, salaries for temporary teachers are available to support Principal Corps candidates.