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Metro Nashville Urban Teacher Residency

Are you ready to make a difference?
Master's degree. Teaching license. Priority hiring. All in one year.


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  • Revolutionizing Teacher Preparation
    Training teachers like doctors in year-long residencies alongside experienced mentors
  • Rigorous Selection of the strongest candidates, mentors, and school sites available
  • Targeted Recruiting of candidates committed to MNPS, representative of underrepresented groups, and who view teaching as a career
  • Powerful Courses and Work Experience steeped in social justice and culturally responsive practices, community engagement, and mentor support
  • A high-quality education is a civil right of every child, and therefore we must demand better. In doing so the MNUTR program will ensure ALL our students are educated by quality teachers inspired and empowered to exceed great expectations.
  • 200
    teachers are needed annually to fill high-need placements like math, science, and English language instruction
    of TN teacher prep program completers identify as member of historically underrepresented groups
    of first-year teachers are rated effective on their TEAM evaluation
  • 50%
    of program graduates helping to fill high-need placements like math, science exceptional education and English language instruction
    of program graduates identifying as members of historically underrepresented groups, including Latino, African-American, and bi-lingual candidates
    of program graduates will be rated effective or above on the TEAM evaluations

Make a Difference

In this intensive one-year program you will earn a Tennessee teaching license and a master’s degree in teaching. Your success in the program will earn you priority hiring in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) at the end of your residency year when you are ready to lead a classroom of your own.

We are looking for people with undergraduate degrees who want to make a difference for students in Nashville classrooms. We want experts in math, science or English who want to learn to teach in a practical, hands-on program that combines the best of university training with the real life experience of working in a classroom with an experienced mentor teacher.

If you have ever thought about teaching but weren't sure how to get started, we encourage you to apply for the Metro Nashville Urban Teacher Residency (MNPS) @ Belmont. You will learn by sharing a classroom with an experienced teacher and be supported by rigorous and practical classes in teaching methods, student and family advocacy, and building strong relationships in the highly respected Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Belmont University.

The MNPS Mission

MNPS is committed to excellence in education for all students. The Metro Urban Teacher Residency @Belmont capitalizes on this commitment and offers real-world experience serving alongside veteran educators in hard-to-staff subject and schools. Learning to teach in the MNPS environment prepares teachers to excel in their own classrooms beginning on day one.

Make a difference. LEARN MORE

The Belmont Difference

At Belmont, we are preparing our teacher candidates to be advocates for children, families, and the profession. We see ourselves as the teacher education program that puts the feet in the street as we partner with schools of all types to work alongside teachers and administrators to help families, and their children get the education that will enable them to flourish.