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 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:

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 the Memphis-Shelby County Schools district and local charters
  • Mentoring and academic support available throughout the program and one year after graduation
  • Test preparation for teaching licensure exams
  • Job placement assistance
  • River City Partnership Scholarship, covering partial tuition while in the program
  •  A freshman-year book voucher

How to Apply

Undergraduate Application Requirements

  • Admission to the University of Memphis
  • Scholarship Essay (250-500 word) that describes your interest in becoming a River City Teacher Scholar and teaching in Memphis
  • RCP Teacher Scholar Interview

Become a RCP Teacher Scholar

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 Scholarship in Tiger Scholarship Manager >
Step 3: Request recommendation letters with this form >


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