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Ready2Teach Residency

The Ready2Teach Residency requires an application that must be submitted to Ball Hall 204 no later than the first Tuesday of March of the candidate's junior year. 

Residency Candidates should be prepared to begin Residency I when the assigned school district begins their inservice week which is usually the last week in July or first week in August, 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 3.00 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 (go to, click Praxis and then use pulldown menu and click on TN) 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  multiple days per week in the assigned Residency classroom. Residency II candidates must be present at their school for the entire spring semester  and are required to participate in faculty meetings, PTO/PTA meetings, parent teacher conferences, car duty,  etc. Please note Residency I and II have different start dates from the University of Memphis due to partnership agreements.  Candidates should not schedule anything from the last week of July until Christmas Break and Residency II begins when K-12 schools begin in January and continue until after State Assessments.


During Residency I, candidates will be required to attend Friday seminars.  All students must attend a weekly scheduled nighttime 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 Shelby County Schools,Collierville Municipal School District, Arlington Community Schools, Bartlett City Schools, Millington Municipal Schools, Tipton County Schools, Dyersburg City Schools, Crockett County Schools and Jackson-Madison Schools. Schools change annually. 

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 collaborate to select PIMs who are excellent classroom teachers, have had professional development related to being a mentor, have scored a 4 or 5 on their teacher evaluations and have demonstrated positive impact on student achievement as reflected by TVASS or after 2015 the assessment selected by the State.  

The College of Education Ready2Teach Supervisors

The Ready2Teach supervisor must have a teacher license, substantial experience in teaching, 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 candidates are required to obtain professional liability insurance which will cover them during the entire yearlong 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.

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