River City Partnership MAT

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The River City Partnership MAT is a specialized track within the College of Education's Master of Arts in Teaching program. The RCP MAT offers teachers who have made a commitment to teach in Shelby County School district, Achievement School District or local charter schools the following benefits:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching Degree and Licensure in a High-Needs Area (Elementary Education, Secondary Math, Secondary Science, Secondary Social Studies or Secondary English/Language Arts)
  • A hybrid course schedule combining face-to-face and online instruction
  • Professional development seminars
  • Custom curriculum developed to address the needs of in-service urban teachers with a focus on culturally relevant pedagogy, equity and social justice
  • Specific on-the-job mentoring and coaching
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Praxis preparation support
  • Opportunity for eligible Teacher Scholars to participate in I AM A MAN. . . I Teach
  • New cohorts begin every fall!

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Become a RCP Teacher Scholar: 
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River City Partnership Scholarship Requirements

  • 2.75 Undergraduate GPA
  • Enrollment in the UofM College of Education MAT program
  • Commitment to teach with SCS, ASD or local charter schools for two years after receipt of Tennessee Professional Educator's license
  • Remain enrolled in 2 courses (6 credit hours) per semester, including summers
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA throughout the program
  • Attendance at required seminars facilitated by UofM faculty and district leaders and practitioners  
  • Scholarship award preference will be given to job-embedded or permit hires with SCS, ASD or local charter schools

 Ready to Apply?

Step 1: Apply to the University of Memphis Graduate School

Apply to UofM Graduate School >

Step 2: Apply to the River City Partnership MAT Program and Scholarship

Apply to RCP MAT >


Areas of Study

The MAT is available with licensure in the following areas (for both job-embedded and non-job-embedded candidates):

  • Elementary Education (K-5th grade)
  • Secondary English/Language Arts (6th-12th grade)
  • Secondary Math (6th-12th grade)
  • Secondary Science (6th-12th grade)
  • Secondary Social Studies (6th-12th grade)

Additional Questions . . . 

About the MAT program? Visit the MAT Advising page>
About licensure? Visit the Office of Teacher Education and Clinical Practice>
About being a graduate student in the COE? Visit the COE Graduate page>.

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