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MTR Recruits, Trains and Supports Effective Teachers

Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) is a faith-based, non-profit organization founded in 2008 to recruit, train, and support effective teachers in a Christian context. MTR accomplishes this goal through two programs: a teacher residency training program and a summer academic enrichment camp. Residents are college graduates invited to train with a mentor, receive coaching, and participate in Master of Urban Education coursework through Union University. In addition, residents receive housing and a living stipend. During the residency year, participants earn their master’s degree and teach for a full academic year in a mentor’s classroom. While some residents do have undergraduate teacher training prior to the residency, others do not and become a certified teacher at the end of the residency year. Graduating the program, residents agree to teach in Memphis high needs schools for three additional years.

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Residency Program Timeline


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (2.75+ considered with supplementary essay)
  • Committed for four-year program in Memphis
  • Displays key qualities of being a driver, leader, learner, and servant
  • Aligned to MTR Vision and Mission
  • MTR Camp Internship opportunity for undergraduate students

Residency Year
(Year 1)

  • Complete a Master of Urban Education degree from Union University in cohort model (tuition provided)
  • Housing provided at Crosstown Concourse
  • Monthly living stipend
  • Internship in partner school under mentor supervision
  • Weekly observations from MTR Instructional Coach
  • State of Tennessee Educator License granted

(Years 2-4)

  • Job placement support in an MTR partner school
  • Three-year teaching commitment
  • Continued MTR Instructional Coaching
  • On-going professional development through MTR University
  • Access to classroom resources
  • Participation in MTR community events

MTR Alum
(Years 5+)

  • Opportunities to continue teaching in Memphis schools
  • Eligibility to apply for MTR Leader Residency
  • Opportunities to mentor MTR Residents
  • On-going professional development through MTR University
  • Access to classroom resources
  • Participation in MTR community events

Program Benefits



A Master of Urban Education through Union University



Intensive classroom experience under mentor supervision



Foster personal and professional relationships through intentional events and shared housing


Living Stipend

$12,000 stipend for the residency year



MUEd tuition provided


Housing Stipend

Housing provided



Strategic staffing strategy for 3-year teaching commitment following residency year



State of Tennessee Educator License



Staffing and coaching support throughout 4-year program

Content Areas

Elementary Education
Secondary: English
Secondary: Math

Secondary: Biology
Secondary: Spanish
Secondary: Physics

Secondary: Chemistry
Secondary: History
K-12: ESL

Residents Graduating in Good Standing

(Classes of 2010-2017)

Graduates Completing 3-Year Teaching Commitment

(Classes of 2010-2014)

7.3 yrs.
Median Graduate Career in Memphis High-Need Education

Serving in a teacher, school leader or other K-12 role.

Strategic Communities
MTR Partner Schools
Residents and Graduates

Important Dates

Fall Preview Day: September 22, 2017
Fall Applications Due: November 12, 2017
Selection Weekend: December 8-9, 2017
Offers: December 14, 2017
Acceptance Deadline: January 5, 2018
Praxis II CK Test Deadline: March 1, 2018

Spring Preview Day: February 16, 2018
Spring Applications Due: March 4, 2018
Selection Weekend: March 23-24, 2018
Offers: March 28, 2018
Acceptance Deadline: April 6, 2018
Praxis II CK Test Deadline: May 1, 2018

Union University

Founded in 1823, Union University has been classified as a Top Tier institution since 1997 and ranked among the top 20 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.

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