Educator Preparation at
Minority Serving Institutions

An Overview of MSI Educator Preparation Programs

MSI educator preparation programs prepare a disproportionate percentage of our diverse educators—even though they represent just 13 percent of programs in the country.


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Programs at Hispanic Speaking Institutions
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Programs at Historically Black Colleges and Predominantly Black Institutions
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Programs At Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions
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Programs at Alaskan Native Institutions
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Programs At Tribal Colleges and Universities and Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions


Unleashing the Power and Potential of MSIs

Minority Serving Institutions are key to closing the educator diversity gap in America’s schools.

MSIs have the longest, most significant track record of preparing diverse educators who are uniquely equipped for long term success in the teaching profession. Diverse educators currently teaching in America’s public schools are disproportionately more likely to have been trained at a minority serving institution.

MSIs enroll a set percentage of their student population from a specific minority group and include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and institutions that primarily serve Asian Americans, Native Americans, or Pacific Islanders. Among these institutions, 253 have educator preparation programs.

BranchED helps high-impact MSI educator preparation programs maximize their performance along with other MSIs and key partners.

MSIs Do Not Receive the Support and Attention They Deserve

Minority Serving Institutions often go unnoticed in the national conversation about diversifying the teaching workforce.

Minority Serving Institutions often go unnoticed in the national conversation about diversifying the teaching workforce. MSI’s capabilities are not often well understood or acknowledged by the broader education field.

MSI educator preparation programs have a rich history of preparing diverse educators. They provide learner-centered, practical, and culturally responsive training experiences that equip their candidates to persist and thrive in the teaching profession.

While MSIs typically serve a broad spectrum of students, including high percentages of those who are first-generation and low-income, they do so with limited human and financial resources. They often are not appreciated for their unique mission and role.

Therefore, building awareness and public support for these critically important programs is an integral part of BranchED’s work.