Union University

Founded in 1823, Union University has been classified as a Top Tier institution since 1997 and ranked among the top 15 regional universities in the South for six consecutive years. Memphis Teacher Residency is the sole administrator of Union University’s Master of Urban Education degree. Union University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

National Center for Teacher Residencies

NCTR is a not-for-profit organization that serves a growing national network of high performing residency programs. Founded in 2007, NCTR is the only organization in the nation dedicated to developing, launching and supporting the impact of residency programs. NCTR partners with school districts, charter management organizations, institutions of higher education, not-for-profits, and states to develop and support teacher residency programs as quality pipelines of effective and diverse new teachers.


AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.  MTR is partially funded by AmeriCorps under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.

Shelby County Schools

Shelby County Schools is the school district for public schools in Memphis and other schools in the county located in the incorporated areas.  With 221 schools and 7,214 teachers, it is among the 25 largest districts in the US.  Of the 116,059 students in the district, 80% are categorized as economically disadvantaged by free & reduced lunch standards.  Over 170 MTR residents and graduates work in Shelby County Schools or the charter schools authorized by SCS.

Achievement School District

The Achievement School District was created in 2010 with the goal of dramatically raising student achievement at schools in the bottom 5% of schools in Tennessee.  The ASD runs over 30 schools in Memphis in partnership with a number of charter operators, and over 70 MTR residents and graduates work in these schools.

“MTR is the first place I look when I have teaching positions open.”
-Principal, Shelby County Schools