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EPP  (Educator Preparation Provider)
 
Rutherford County Schools is proud to host the first district-led Educator Preparation Provider program in the state of Tennessee. This cohort-based program provides job-embedded teachers with the educational foundations and coursework necessary to make a successful transition into the classroom. Job-embedded participants serve as the official teacher of record in the approved content endorsement areas while completing a series of peer observations to diversify their training experience.
 
 

Rutherford Teach Now (RTN) is an 18-month education preparation provider (EPP) program for individuals pursuing a teaching license in the approved program endorsement areas listed below. The RTN program is designed to increase efficacy in classroom culture, classroom management, instructional planning, and assessment.  

 

Enrollment opens each year on February 1. Classes and coursework start in July. To apply, join our list of interested candidates by clicking HERE.  Late hires after August 31 will need to email Dr. Amber Matuszewski at [email protected] to be added to our list for the next cohort. Questions about enrollment or the program of study may be emailed to Dr. Matuszewski.

 

Classes focus on the main foundational elements of successful teaching:

1) Instructional Planning

2) Engagement Strategies

3) Assessment and Feedback

4) Classroom Culture

 

While not a degree-conferring program, successful participants who complete the RCS EPP program will earn licensure advancement from practitioner to professional status.

 

Teach Now participants meet five days plus the Ignite New Teacher Event in July for summer induction, one weekday a month, one Saturday in the Fall and Spring semesters, and three days after the first-year teaching for summer transition to complete their EPP instruction.

 
 
Click on the approved endorsement below for more detailed program information related to eligibility, participation, and program costs. 
 

Requirements:

Academic candidates must meet the following criteria:

      • Have a completed bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA
      • Confirmed job-offer from a RCS district school
      • $1,230 non-refundable tuition for RCS teachers ($205 at time of admissions, $512.50 paid by November 1, $512.50 paid by March 1)
      • Math candidates must pass a content exam or have a qualifying degree in the content area.
 
 

Licensure:

Participants meeting all requirements, including passing the content exam, will be issued a 3-year practitioner teaching license at the beginning of the program.  With the satisfactory completion of all coursework, program competencies, and required observations, participants will be recommended to advance their license to professional after 3 years of teaching in the classroom (including program participation years).

 

Testing Info:     

Mathematics 6-12: Praxis 5165  (Score 159)

 

Mathematics 6-10: NES 105  (Score 220) 

 

Mathematics 6-8: Praxis 5164  (Score 157)

 

 

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Click HERE to register for the Math NES 105.

 

 

 

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Dr. Amber Matuszewski  -  Lead Teach Now Specialist (Math & Science)
 
Amber Matuszewski
 
 
 
 

Requirements:

Academic candidates must meet the following criteria:

      • Have a completed bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA
      • Confirmed job-offer from a RCS district school
      • $1,230 non-refundable tuition for RCS teachers ($205 at time of admissions, $512.50 paid by November 1, $512.50 paid by March 1)
      • Science candidates must pass a content exam or have a qualifying degree in the content area.
 
 

Licensure:

Participants meeting all requirements, including passing the content exam, will be issued a 3-year practitioner teaching license at the beginning of the program.  With the satisfactory completion of all coursework, program competencies, and required observations, participants will be recommended to advance their license to professional after 3 years of teaching in the classroom (including program participation years).

 

Testing Info:     

Biology:  Praxis 5236  (Score 154)

 

Chemistry:  Praxis 5246  (Score 146)

 

Earth Science:  Praxis #5572  (Score 154)

 

Physics 6-12:  Praxis 5266  (Score 145)

 

Middle Grades Science 6-8:  Praxis 5442  (Score 152) 

 

 

Click HERE to register for a Praxis exam.

 

 

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Additional resources:  

 

YouTube has multiple video lessons.  

 

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Dr. Amber Matuszewski  -  Lead Teach Now Specialist (Math & Science)
 
 
Amber Matuszewski
 
 
 
 

Requirements:

Academic candidates must meet the following criteria:

      • Have a completed bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA
      • Confirmed job-offer from a RCS district school
      • $1,230 non-refundable tuition for RCS teachers ($205 at time of admissions, $512.50 paid by November 1, $512.50 paid by March 1)
      • ELA candidates must pass a content exam or have a qualifying degree in the content area.
 
 

Licensure:

Participants meeting all requirements, including passing the content exam, will be issued a 3-year practitioner teaching license at the beginning of the program.  With the satisfactory completion of all coursework, program competencies, and required observations, participants will be recommended to advance their license to professional after 3 years of teaching in the classroom (including program participation years).

 

Testing Info:     

ELA 6-12: Praxis 5038   (Score 167)

 

Middle Grades ELA 6-8: Praxis 5047  (Score 164)

 

 

Click HERE to register for a Praxis exam.

 

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Erin Alvarado -  Teach Now Specialist (Humanities)
 
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Requirements:

Academic candidates must meet the following criteria:

      • Have a completed bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA
      • Confirmed job-offer from a RCS district school
      • $1,230 non-refundable tuition for RCS teachers ($205 at time of admissions, $512.50 paid by November 1, $512.50 paid by March 1)
      • Social Studies candidates must pass a content exam or have a qualifying degree in the content area.
 
 

Licensure:

Participants meeting all requirements, including passing the content exam, will be issued a 3-year practitioner teaching license at the beginning of the program.  With the satisfactory completion of all coursework, program competencies, and required observations, participants will be recommended to advance their license to professional after 3 years of teaching in the classroom (including program participation years).

 

Testing Info:     

Middle Grades Social Studies 6-8:  Praxis 5089   (Score 146) 

 

History 6-12: Praxis 5941   (Score 157)

 

Government 6-12: Praxis 5931   (Score 149)

 

Geography 6-12: Praxis 5921   (Score 149)

 

Economics 6-12: Praxis 5911   (Score 150)

 

Sociology 9-12:  Praxis 5952   (Score 154)

 

Psychology 9-12: Praxis 5391   (Score 154)

 

 

Click HERE to register for a Praxis exam.

 

 

Erin Alvarado -  Teach Now Specialist (Humanities)
 
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Requirements:

Academic candidates must meet the following criteria:

      • Have a completed bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA
      • Confirmed job-offer from a RCS district school
      • $1,230 non-refundable tuition for RCS teachers ($205 at time of admissions, $512.50 paid by November 1, $512.50 paid by March 1)
      • World Languages candidates must pass a content exam or have a qualifying degree in the content area.
 
 

Licensure:

Participants meeting all requirements, including passing the content exam, will be issued a 3-year practitioner teaching license at the beginning of the program.  With the satisfactory completion of all coursework, program competencies, and required observations, participants will be recommended to advance their license to professional after 3 years of teaching in the classroom (including program participation years).

 

Testing Info:     

Spanish 6-12: Praxis 5195 (Score 163) or Alta Language Services Assessment 

AND

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (Score of Advanced Low or higher)  *Does not need to be passed prior to enrollment

 

 

French 6-12: Praxis 5174 (Score 160) or Alta Language Services Assessment

AND

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (Score of Advanced Low or higher)  *Does not need to be passed prior to enrollment

 

 

German 6-12: Praxis 5183 (Score 163) or Alta Language Services Assessment

AND

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (Score of Advanced Low or higher)  *Does not need to be passed prior to enrollment

 

 

Latin 6-12: Praxis 5601 (Score 148)

 

 

 

Click HERE to register for a Praxis exam.

 

Click HERE to register for the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview

                   

 

 

 
Erin Alvarado -  Teach Now Specialist (Humanities)
 
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Requirements:

Academic candidates must meet the following criteria:

      • Have a completed bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA
      • Confirmed job-offer from a RCS district school
      • $1,230 non-refundable tuition for RCS teachers ($205 at time of admissions, $512.50 paid by November 1, $512.50 paid by March 1)
      • SpEd candidates must pass a content exam.
 
 

Licensure:

Participants meeting all requirements, including passing the content exam, will be issued a 3-year practitioner teaching license at the beginning of the program.  With the satisfactory completion of all coursework, program competencies, and required observations, participants will be recommended to advance their license to professional after 3 years of teaching in the classroom (including program participation years).

 

Testing Info:     

Special Education Interventionist 6-12: Praxis 5543 (Score 158) AND Praxis 5205 (Score 159)

 

AND

 

Teaching Reading: Elementary  Praxis 5205 (Score 159)  *Does not need to be passed prior to enrollment

 

 

Click HERE to register for a Praxis exam.

                   

 

Test Dates:

 

Special Education Core Knowledge & Mild to Moderate Applications 6-12 Praxis 5543

 

Middle Tennessee State University- Test Dates

 

May

June

July

August

5/8/24

6/5/24

7/10/24

8/7/24

5/9/24

6/6/24

7/11/24

8/8/24

5/15/24

6/12/24

7/17/24

8/14/24

 

6/13/24

7/18/24

8/15/24

 

 

7/24/24

 

 

 

7/25/24

 

 

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$59.99 a month for personalized course

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Money back guarantee on year course

Practice tests, study guides, online course

Free practice tests & study guide, $95 for accelerated course, $145 year course

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Practice tests, study guides, flashcards

Prices vary on items purchased

Praxis ETS

www.praxisets.org

Practices tests & study guide

$19.99 per test, $180 study guide

Praxis Exam. Org

www.praxisexam.org

30 Day money back guarantee

Practice tests & study guide

$59.99 a month

 

 

Additional Resource for Elementary Reading Praxis:

Praxis Teaching Reading 5205 Free Webinar – KathleenJasper

 

 

Melinda Pope -  Teach Now Specialist (Special Populations)
 
 
 

Requirements:

Academic candidates must meet the following criteria:

      • Have a completed bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA
      • Confirmed job-offer from a RCS district school
      • $1,230 non-refundable tuition for RCS teachers ($205 at time of admissions, $512.50 paid by November 1, $512.50 paid by March 1)
      • ESL candidates must pass a content exam.
 
 

Licensure:

Participants meeting all requirements, including passing the content exam, will be issued a 3-year practitioner teaching license at the beginning of the program.  With the satisfactory completion of all coursework, program competencies, and required observations, participants will be recommended to advance their license to professional after 3 years of teaching in the classroom (including program participation years).

 

Testing Info:     

English as a Second Language PK-12: Praxis 5362 (Score 158)

 

AND

 

Teaching Reading: Elementary  Praxis 5205 (Score 159)  *Does not need to be passed prior to enrollment

 

 

Click HERE to register for a Praxis exam.

                   

 

Exam Dates:

 

English to Speakers of Other Languages PK-12  Praxis 5362

 

At Home Testing Option or Middle Tennessee State University- Test Dates

 

May

June

July

August

5/1/24

6/5/24

7/10/24

8/7/24

5/2/24

6/6/24

7/11/24

8/8/24

5/8/24

6/12/24

7/17/24

8/14/24

5/9/24

6/13/24

7/18/24

8/15/24

5/15/24

 

7/24/24

 

 

 

7/25/24

 

 

Online Resources:

 

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Practice tests & study course

Free 30 day trial then $50 monthly subscription

240 Tutoring

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Practice tests and study guide

Free practice test, $49.99 month for study guide/tests

TeacherCertification.com

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30 Day money back guarantee

Practice tests & personalized study program

$59.99 a month for personalized course

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Practice tests, study guides, online course

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Praxis ETS

www.praxisets.org

Practices tests & study guide

$19.99 per test, $180 study guide

Praxis Exam. Org

www.praxisexam.org

30 Day money back guarantee

Practice tests & study guide

$59.99 a month

 

 

Additional Resource for Elementary Reading Praxis:

Praxis Teaching Reading 5205 Free Webinar – KathleenJasper

 

 

 

Melinda Pope -  Teach Now Specialist (Special Populations)
 
 
 
 

Requirements:

Academic candidates must meet the following criteria:

      • Have a completed bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA
      • Confirmed job-offer from a RCS district school
      • $1,230 non-refundable tuition for RCS teachers ($205 at time of admissions, $512.50 paid by November 1, $512.50 paid by March 1)
      • CTE Academic candidates must pass a content exam.
 
 

Licensure:

Participants meeting all requirements, including passing the content exam, will be issued a 3-year practitioner teaching license at the beginning of the program.  With the satisfactory completion of all coursework, program competencies, and required observations, participants will be recommended to advance their license to professional after 3 years of teaching in the classroom (including program participation years).

 

Testing Info:   

 

Agriculture 6-12: Praxis 5701 (Score 147)

 

Family & Consumer Science 6-12: Praxis 5122 (Score 153)

 

Business 6-12: Praxis 5101 (Score 154)

 

Marketing 6-12: Praxis 5561 (Score 169)

 

 

Click HERE to register for a Praxis exam.

 

                   

Online Resources:  

 

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Practice tests & study course 

Free 30 day trial then $50 monthly subscription 

240 Tutoring 

https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/

Money back guarantee  

Practice tests and study guide 

Free practice test, $49.99 month for study guide/tests 

TeacherCertification.com 

www.teachercertification.com

30 Day money back guarantee 

Practice tests & personalized study program 

$59.99 a month for personalized course 

Teachers Test Prep 

www.teacherstestprep.com

Money back guarantee on year course 

Practice tests, study guides, online course 

Free practice tests & study guide, $95 for accelerated course, $145 year course 

Mometrix Test Preparation 

https://www.mometrix.com/academy/?nab=1

One year money back guarantee 

Practice tests, study guides, flashcards 

Prices vary on items purchased 

Praxis ETS 

www.praxisets.org

Practices tests & study guide 

$19.99 per test, $180 study guide 

Praxis Exam. Org 

www.praxisexam.org

30 Day money back guarantee 

Practice tests & study guide 

$59.99 a month 

 

Additional resources:  

 

YouTube has multiple video lessons.  

 

Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc., sell multiple books targeted at specific Praxis exam prep. 

 

 

 
Emily Marshall  - Teach Now Specialist (Career & Technical)
 
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Requirements:

Occupational candidates must meet the following criteria:
      • Relevant industry experience
      • Industry certification 
      • Confirmed job offer from a RCS district school
      • $1,230 non-refundable tuition for RCS teachers ($205 at time of admissions, $512.50 paid by November 1, $512.50 paid by March 1)
 
Work Experience Verification:  Refer to the Occupational Endorsement guide linked below for detailed experience 
required by TDOE.
 

Licensure:

Participants meeting all requirements, including passing the content exam, will be issued a 3-year practitioner teaching license at the beginning of the program.  With the satisfactory completion of all coursework, program competencies, and required observations, participants will be recommended to advance their license to professional after 3 years of teaching in the classroom (including program participation years).                  

 
 
Emily Marshall  - Teach Now Specialist (Career & Technical)
 
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