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Project Inspire

Project Inspire

  An urban teacher residency committed to training and supporting   

  effective math and science teachers for Hamilton County’s high-need schools


We believe that all students deserve a mind-blowing math or science teacher, regardless of their zip code.

Be part of an intensive teacher preparation program designed specifically for, and in partnership with, Hamilton County Schools.


Project Inspire teacher residency prepares residents to become secondary math and science teachers in the context of, and for classrooms in, Hamilton County Schools. This Tennessee Tech M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction blends a classroom apprenticeship with graduate level course work and an intensive resident/mentor partnership.



This program is for individuals who are passionate about teaching in urban schools and have a bachelors degree with significant STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) focused coursework. Residents make a four year commitment to teaching in Hamilton County Schools. Resident eligibility criteria can be found at:



·         14 month preparation in a Hamilton County School identified as high-need

·         ’16-’17 academic year apprenticeship with a clinical instructor in an assigned Hamilton County School

·         14 months of graduate courses through TTU on the ground in Chattanooga, hybrid, and online

·         4 years of teaching in Hamilton County Schools post-residency year



·         Competitive residency stipend during the 14 month residency year

·         Initial 7-12 certification in mathematics or chemistry

·         Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee Tech College of Education

·         Additional salary supplements from the National Science Foundation upon successful program completion while teaching in high-need Hamilton County School


Find out more and review the application checklist at


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           Public Education Foundation Link         Tennessee Tech University Link     Hamilton County Department of Education Link           AmeriCorps Link             National Science Foundation Link          National Center for Teacher Residencies Link                                                                                                                                  


Applications for 2016 residencies are now open.

Apply today for consideration at

Key Dates:

  • December 15, 2015: early application deadline
  • January 10-11, 2016: early selection event
  • March 1, 2016: final application deadline
  • March 13-14: final selection event
  • June 2016: orientation

Questions?  Contact Erin Harrell, Assistant Director, at



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