Teach for America Memphis Partnership

In response to the present and growing need for innovative, culturally relevant educators, the Master of Arts in Urban Education program at Rhodes College has partnered with Teach for America Memphis to equip future practitioners with the training needed to provide service and leadership in diverse, economically challenged education systems and communities.   

This partnership provides current TFA corps members and program alumni with guaranteed admission to the master’s degree program, streamlining students’ ability to gain substantial teacher preparation while earning both a master’s degree and teacher licensure.    

edTPA Support:  

  • edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom. TFA-Memphis corps members and alumni enrolled in the Master of Arts in Urban Education program will receive group and individualized edTPA support from the Rhodes edTPA Coordinator.    
  • The Master of Arts in Urban Education program will also offer edTPA support to TFA Memphis corps members and alumni who are not enrolled in the master’s degree program for $200 per corps members or alumna per semester. TFA Memphis will provide a written recommendation and be liable for payment only for certain recommended corps members and alumna to participate in the Rhodes edTPA support. All other corps members and alumna not specifically recommended by TFA Memphis are eligible to request to work directly with Rhodes for edTPA support; corps members and alumna who request to work directly with Rhodes outside of a recommendation from TFA Memphis will be liable for the associated $200.00 per semester fee.

Funding Support:  

  • Rhodes will accept corps members’ job-embedded teaching experiences as credit, thereby waiving 12 course credits, reduce total tuition through a $10,000 scholarship, and pay for all licensure exams for first-time test takers. Rhodes will also work with TFA Memphis individual corps members and alumna to enable participants to utilize education awards received from the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) to pay part or all of their tuition costs.


TFA Memphis corp members in their second year of commitment or alumni within two years of completing the TFA Memphis program will be guaranteed admission should the following criteria be met: 

  1. Earned a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts or science field. 
  2. Earned a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. Earned qualifying Praxis l and Praxis subject area scores as required by the Tennessee Board of Education. 
  4. Complete the requirements for admission to the Master of Arts in Urban Education Program, including the submission of a personal statement and two letters of recommendation. 

If a TFA Memphis corps member meets all of the above noted requirements, the student shall receive guaranteed admission to the Master of Arts in Urban Education program. Rhodes, however, reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to exclude any student from the program who does not follow the Rhodes processes for admission. TFA corps members that fail to meet the criteria are still encouraged to apply but will not have guaranteed admission. 

Rhodes is thrilled to partner with a principal organization like Teach for America Memphis in the fight to secure educational equity for all students. Together, we are building a smarter, stronger Memphis. For more information about this partnership, please contact: 

Arlinda Fair 
Rhodes College 
Graduate Program Coordinator 


Teach For America Memphis 
Stephenie Johnson 
Director, Licensure & Placement at Teach For America Memphis