Educator Pipelines and Partnerships

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Pathways to Teaching


Welcome to the Office of Educator Pipelines and Partnerships! Our team is committed to supporting aspiring educators on their journey to positively impact the next generation of leaders. We are responsible for supporting aspiring teachers by providing various pathways to teaching by partnering with local and out-of-state Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) and resources to ensure educators have a strong foundational knowledge of their instructional expectations. We are excited to support aspiring teachers on their journey to obtain a Tennessee teaching license to become a Teacher with Memphis-Shelby County Schools. 



Aspire Today. Teach Tomorrow.

If you’re aspiring to become a teacher and passionate about making a difference in the lives of students in a premier school district that is trending up, choose MSCS. Our District is dedicated to preparing all students for success in learning, leadership and life. We offer a range of support, professional development, and resources for our educators, helping them to grow professionally as teachers and leaders. 



Testimonials from MSCS Teachers of the Year 

Alisha Clark

MSCS Teacher of the Year


“MSCS has afforded me the opportunity to use my calling to enhance the future of a diverse population of children, especially African Americans.”


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Dr. Melissa Collins

MSCS Teacher of the Year



“As a former Memphis Shelby County Schools student and now a teacher, MSCS has played an integral role in my growth and development as an educator.”


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Thomas Denson

MSCS Teacher of the Year

2019-2020, 2022-2023


“Working for MSCS has also given me the opportunities to grow as a teacher, colleague, and leader.”


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What are the Aspiring Teachers/Grow Your Own (GYO) Apprenticeship Programs?

Memphis-Shelby County Schools offers Pathways to Teaching Programs for aspiring educators. The Aspiring Teachers and Grow Your Own (GYO) Apprenticeship Programs are designed to remove significant barriers to acquiring a Tennessee teaching license and create a gateway to classroom teaching positions. Through these programs, MSCS and select Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) will provide financial sponsorship, mentor support, Praxis support, and access to top-tier educator preparation through university partnerships.



 Interested in joining the Aspiring Teachers/Grow Your Own (GYO) Programs? 

                             Please complete our Interest Form and we will be in touch with upcoming opportunities.  



Testimonials from Aspiring Teachers
Aspire Today. Teach Tomorrow.




MSCS & EPP Aspiring Teachers/GYO Apprentices Program Events

Grand Canyon University Kick-Off Support Event

University of Memphis Kick-Off Support Event

Relay, Teach for America, & University of Tennessee, Knoxville Kick-Off Support Event 




University Placement Support 

To request a student teaching placement with Memphis-Shelby County Schools, your Educator Preparation Program (EPP) program must currently have a partnership and an established Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with our district. 

If you do not see your EPP listed here, please contact your institution's student teaching or internship coordinator. 


University Placement Request Form 

All placement requests must be submitted via email to Dr. Carolyn Harvey  [email protected]


Background Check Information 
Students must have a cleared background check on file with the Human Resources Department before placement requests will be processed. 



Pathways to Teaching: Grow Your Own Pipelines and Partnerships 


MSCS EPP University Partners


University of Memphis


Grand Canyon University


Grand Canyon University 


Christian Brothers University

Christian Brothers University


Relay Graduate School of Education

Relay Graduate School of Education


Freed Hardeman University

Freed Hardeman University


University of Tennessee, Knoxville



University of Tennessee, Knoxville




Educator Pipelines & Partnerships Contact Information

Educator Pipelines and Partnerships Information: Dr. Tishsha Hopson, HR Manager, Pipelines and Partnerships and Development [email protected]


Educator Pipelines & Partnership Support/Student Teacher-GYO Placements: Dr. Carolyn Harvey, MSCS University Collaborative Partner [email protected]


Educator Pipelines & Partnerships Support: D’Eryka Hailey, HR Specialist [email protected]


For questions, please feel free to call 901-416-5304 or email us at [email protected]


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