Project MidState Student Support (MSS) for Teaching Program is a partnership with select central Illinois school districts that recruits diverse students and/or students who are the first in their families to go to college. MSS recruits students at the senior year of high school and offers them a unique support system characterized by special opportunities to interact with local communities and students. In return, graduates agree to teach in those local schools for at least two years.

MSS at the University of Illinois Springfield seeks to support first generation and/or racial diversity teacher candidates. The Department of Teacher Education recommends candidates to the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board for a Professional Educator License upon completion of requirements. Candidates apply to teach in a partnering school district for a minimum of two years if said employment is available or offered.