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River City Partnership Undergraduate Program

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To learn more about the River City Partnership and how to apply, view information below and fill out our interest form.

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Bachelor of Science in Education

The River City Partnership Bachelor of Science in Education program provides in-coming first-year college students with a unique opportunity to experience and explore teaching in our Memphis public and charter schools. RCP Undergraduate Teacher Scholars can major in the following:

  • Elementary Education (K-5th grade) and Special Education (K-12th grade), Teaching All Learners (BSEd)
  • Early Childhood Education (Pre-K to 3rd grade), Human Development & Learning (BSEd)

Learn more about course requirements and the teacher preparation program by visiting the Office of Teacher Education and Clinical Practice>

Why Join the River City Partnership?

River City Undergraduate Teacher Scholars Receive:

  • Innovative coursework that emphasizes culturally responsive teaching, equity and inclusion
  • Authentic learning experiences connected to and engaging the Memphis community
  • Courses taught by content experts with K-12 teaching experience
  • Custom curriculum developed in partnership with Shelby County Schools district and the Achievement School District
  • Mentoring and academic support available throughout the program and one year after graduation
  • Test preparation for teaching licensure exams
  • Job placement assistance
  • Opportunity for eligible Teacher Scholars to participate in the I AM A MAN . . . I Teach mentoring program
  • River City Partnership Scholarship, covering partial tuition while in the program
  • Paid UofM application, freshman orientation and Frosh Camp fees
  •  A freshman-year book voucher
  • Additional qualifying merit-based scholarships opportunities available including:

How to Apply

Undergraduate Application Process

  • Admission to the University of Memphis as a freshman
  • Complete the River City Partnership Teacher Scholars Interest Form >
  • Scholarship Essay (250-500 word) that describes your interest in becoming a River City Teacher Scholar and teaching in Memphis
  • Two letters of recommendation from school officials (e.g., teacher, principal, school counselor, coach) or a community member. Use this link > to make collecting recommendation letters easier.
  • Email rivercitycoe@memphis.edu to learn more about the application process
  • RCP Teacher Scholar Interview

Step-by-step instructions on how to apply can be viewed in this video >

Become a RCP Teacher Scholar

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Please contact rivercitycoe@memphis.edu> with questions about the River City Partnership Undergraduate Scholarship application process. View the RCP Undergraduate Application Checklist>.

Step 1: Apply to the UofM as a first-year freshman or join the RCP after your freshman year at the UofM
Step 2: Apply for the River City Partnership Teacher Scholars Award in Tiger Scholarship Manager >
Step 3: Request recommendation letters with this form >

APPLY TO THE RCP SCHOLARSHIP >

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