Partnerships with Memphis-Shelby County Schools

The River City Partnership aims to demonstrate the College of Education's commitment to serve the Memphis community. We have developed programs in conjunction with Memphis-Shelby County Schools to help serve current MSCS employees seeking to build content knowledge

Eureka Math class

Master of Arts in Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-3) 

The goal of this partnership effort is to provide a specialized program track that leads to the completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree and Licensure in Early Childhood Education (Grades Pre-K-3) for a cohort of paraprofessionals currently employed by MSCS. This effort will support the development of competencies and skills related to the educational development of children from Pre-K through 3rd grade.

Memphis Educators for Mathematical Excellence - (ME)2

The Memphis Educators for Mathematical Excellence (ME)2 graduate certificate program was a strategically sequenced course of study for teachers. The program which ran from 2018-2021 was designed to deepen mathematical content knowledge through the explicit study of mathematics and pedagogical content knowledge. (ME)2 teachers took intensive in-person courses as a cohort to strengthen and enhance the implementation of conceptually-based mathematics, resulting in more effective classroom teaching and increased student learning. Upon earning the graduate certificate, teachers were able to continue the course of study to earn a Master of Science degree.

(ME)2 Cohort Testimonials

"This program will be beneficial to any elementary teacher that teaches math or to any educator who leads professional development regarding math. Although gaining a better understanding of Eureka MathTM is a bonus, I have truly gained a better understanding of math in general and could apply the concepts I've learned to any curriculum. I have been taught math differently than I was ever taught and feel equipped to teach math to twenty-first century learners. I have also been able to collaborate with cohorts who teach all grades K-5. Thus, I have been able to piece together what math truly looks like across a child's entire elementary career."
- Rebekah E., 5th Grade Teacher

"I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this program. Being from Memphis, I haven't really seen [another] partnership that has been intentional about supporting teachers in curriculum changes. I think this program will encourage new teachers to teach in SCS rather than going elsewhere."
- Lauren H., 2nd Grade Teacher