Apply Now Program Starts June 2018

Find Your Future. Change Your World.

All you need is a Calling

We’re looking for college graduates who are smart, motivated, determined — and who feel called to teach. That’s it: your major doesn’t matter, no classroom experience required. You bring a passion for teaching, and for learning. We’ll give you everything else you need, and more.

An innovative teacher residency, Project Inspire combines a master’s degree with classroom experience, one-on-one mentorship and unwavering support. In just 14 months, you’ll have the qualification and confidence to embark on your teaching career in the urban classrooms of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Join Project Inspire and change your world.

For college graduates who aren’t sure what’s next. Who aren’t fulfilled by the careers they chose. Who feel there’s something more.

Why a residency program?

Earn a tuition-free Masters of Arts in Teaching + teaching license in 14 months

Full year apprenticeship with a great teacher

Residents learn with each other and from each other

Ongoing support and leadership development, with additional support throughout the four years of your commitment

Receive a living stipend throughout the entire residency

Live in Chattanooga - a progressive, smart, outdoor city

You can fill the gap

Become the teacher that kids want and need.

When you learn to teach, you'll change the lives of students who will go on to change the world.

Make an Impact

  • Most students in urban schools believe school is important and want to succeed, but so many barriers stand in their way.
  • Great teachers reduce performance gaps.
  • You can make the difference: Hamilton County will hire 25-50 Project Inspire residents annually.

Calling All Majors

Want to teach but didn’t major in education? Great!
Here’s all you need to succeed as a Project Inspire resident.


  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75

  • Four year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university

  • Commitment to teach 4 years in a Hamilton County high-need school

  • US Citizenship or permanent residency



Download the expanded details
Submit resume, unofficial college transcripts, and references
Interview with the Project Inspire staff and attend Selection Weekend

Residents will take graduate courses with their cohort, then serve in the classroom with a mentor teacher for a year. You'll end your residency with a Master's degree and the qualification -- and confidence -- to lead your own classroom in a Hamilton County school.

Why Chattanooga?

choose to invest in a city that…

Choose to invest in a city where the "can-do" attitude of its citizens helped remake Chattanooga from an industrial hub to the best mid-sized city in America. Rivers and mountains make it the perfect outdoor playground while gigabit internet speeds brought the tech infrastructure and innovation to support both big business and startups alike. Urban education is Chattanooga's next challenge and full of opportunity; will you join us?

Be Inspired: Meet Our Residents

William Budd

"I knew teaching was right for me, and that starting in an urban school was the right thing to do. I chose Chattanooga because I was drawn to the outdoors, and so much is going on in this city! But even more, I knew I would benefit from a full year with an in-classroom mentor. And when, like all the teachers, I sometimes think that I'm out here on my own- my mentors and my cohort are just down the hall, just down the street."

William Budd,
Project Inspire graduate and first-year math teacher at Howard High School
Jasmine Everett

"I decided to teach math in an urban setting because I came from a simliar background and environment as my students. I want them to know they can succeed in school and in life.  Being a teacher resident is one of the best decisions I have made in my life, and it's an opportunity that I'm truly thankful for." 

Jasmine Everett ,
Project Inspire resident at Tyner Academy

Earn Your Master's, Faster

When you join Project Inspire, you’ll earn your master’s degree and become an effective, confident teacher in just 14 months.


Teaching is the most important job in the world — and the best. But its rewards don’t come without its challenges. That’s why Project Inspire provides a level of preparation and ongoing support that you won’t find in other teacher residencies or master’s programs.

Find your Future. Change your World.

Start your Application Today!

Our Partners

  • Public Education Foundation
  • Americorps
  • Hamilton County Tennessee Schools
  • National Center for Teacher Residencies
  • Lee University