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MTR Recruits, Trains and Supports Effective Teachers

Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) is a faith-based, non-profit organization founded in 2009 to recruit, train, and support effective teachers in a Christian context. MTR accomplishes this goal through three programs: a teacher residency training program and two summer academic enrichment camps. 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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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



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



State of Tennessee Educator License



Staffing and coaching support throughout 4-year program

Financial Benefits


Living Stipend

$12,000 stipend for the residency year



100% of Master’s degree tuition covered by AmeriCorps or other programs


Housing Stipend

Housing provided during residency year



Average $45,000 starting salary upon graduation


Loan Forgiveness

Eligibility for multiple student loan forgiveness programs


Cost of Living

With among the lowest costs of living in the U.S., your salary goes further in Memphis

Content Areas

Elementary Education
Secondary: English
Secondary: Math

Secondary: Biology
Secondary: Chemistry
Secondary: Physics

Secondary: History
K-12: ESL

Residents Graduating & Completing Residency Year

Classes of 2010-2021

Graduates Completing 3-Year Teaching Commitment

Classes of 2010-2018, as of May 2021

6.4 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 for Applicants

Fall Selection Season

Preview Days: September 18 & October 9, 2020
Fall Applications Due: November 8, 2020
Selection Weekend: December 11-12, 2020
Offers Extended: December 17, 2020
Acceptance Deadline: January 4, 2021
Praxis Test Deadline: February 12, 2021

Spring Selection Season

Preview Day: January 15, 2021
Applications Due: February 7, 2021
Selection Weekend: February 26-27, 2021
Offers Extended: March 4, 2021
Acceptance Deadline: March 22, 2021
Praxis Test Deadline: March 26, 2021

Residency Year Calendar

See an Overview of the Residency Year

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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