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.


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 >


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