The Ready2Teach Residency requires an application that must be submitted to Ball Hall
202 no later than the first Tuesday of March of the candidate's junior year.
Residency Candidates should be prepared to begin Residency I anytime after August
1st, and Residency II requires being ready to begin anytime after January 1st. Residency
candidates will be notified of placements and beginning dates via email the semester
prior to Residency I.
- Have an overall GPA of 2.75 Undergraduates.
- Successfully complete all approved Pre-Residency clinical experiences in conjunction
with class work.
- Must take and pass the appropriate Praxis II content knowledge exam and submit the
scores at least 30 days prior to the beginning of Residency I.
- Must submit passing scores of ALL required PRAXIS II licensure exams to the Office
of Clinical Based Practice 30 days prior to the first day of Residency II.
- Must have positive evaluations from all clinical experiences.
- Be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program one semester before Residency I.
- All course work required for initial licensure, except for Residency I course work,
must be finished prior to the Residency I semester.
The Ready2Teach residency requires the commitment of one year. Residency I requires
at least two per week in the assigned Residency classroom. Residency II candidates
must be present at their school for the full day and are required to participate in
faculty meetings, PTO/PTA meetings, parent teacher conferences, car duty, etc.
During Residency I, candidates will be required to attend a minimum of 5 Friday seminars.
All students must attned a weekly scheduled professional seminar with Residency II.
No other courses may be taken during the Residency Year.
University of Memphis Policy dictates that students are required to have diverse clinical
experiences. All Residency placements are made in accordance with this policy as well
as in conjunction with identified Ready2Teach partner schools. Placements are generally
made in Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools, Tipton County Schools, and Jackson-Madison
- Early Childhood Education majors must have PreK/Kindergarten experience and primary
- Elementary education majors must have an experience at the primary and upper-level
- Middle Grades majors must have one lower middle grade experience and one upper middle
- Physical Education, Dance, Music and Art majors must have both a middle/secondary
and elementary placement.
- Teaching All Learners (TAL) majors must have an experience in K-6 inclusion classroom
and/or a regular education classroom and one K-12 modified classroom.
Pre-Service Instructive Mentors
Pre-Service Instructive Mentors (PIMs) (Murley, Nelson, Flynt, 2012) are selected
according to criteria specified by the Tennessee Department of Education and in collaboration
with partner schools. State requirements include:
- a regular Tennessee License for the teaching assignment,
- at least four years of teaching experience,
- and a history of positive evaluations from their principal or supervisor.
In addition to State requirements, Partner Schools and the College of Education, Health
and Human Sciences collaborate to select Instructive Mentors who are excellent classroom
teachers, have had professional development related to being a mentor and have demonstrated
positive impact on student achievement as reflected by TEVASS data. See The Residency
I and II Handbooks for details, roles, and responsibilities.
The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Ready2Teach Supervisors
The Ready2Teach supervisor must hold a certification and/or experience in teaching
along with a master's degree and assumes the responsibility for supervising the activities
of the residency candidate in the partner school. The supervisor works in conjunction
with the Office of School Based Clinical Practice.
Professional Liability Insurance
Residency candidate are required to obtain professional liability insurance which
will cover them during the entire year-long residency. This may be obtained through
STEA, Christian Educator's Network or by a special rider added to a personal homeowner's
policy. Proof of insurance must be presented prior to Residency I and II.