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Tennessee Teach Back Initiative

The MTSU Tennessee Teach Back Initiative (TTBI) is a teacher preparation initiative developed by the College of Education that works with partnering school districts in Tennessee to help diverse and committed students as they work through their teacher education program. TTBI guarantees a teaching job or employment upon graduation in the partnering school district, in turn, helping to address the statewide and regional teacher shortage we are experiencing. It will promote the career of teaching as an opportunity to make a positive impact in our communities. The TTBI’s efforts will positiviely add to the economic health and vitality of the state.

* Any students accepted to MTSU on Probation/Fresh Start or being readmitted to the university are not eligible for TTBI at this time.

* Acceptance into TTBI is dependent upon school district participation and availability.

Check out our video to learn more!

Benefits for Students

  • Last-dollar funding
  • Option to live with other education students in the Difference Makers Living-Learning Community on campus
  • Specialized engagement and advising support
  • Praxis prep workshops
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Career readiness and induction support
  • Guaranteed position in sponsor district

Interested in learning more?

Students starting at MTSU in Fall 2025, fill out our Interest Form.



  • Freshman: Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of high school graduation, and/or a 21 ACT or higher composite ACT.
  • Transfer: Must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.75 or higher and meet the individualized requirements necessary to be admitted into MTSU’s Teacher Education Program.

Difference Makers Living Learning Community

Students interested in living in our LLC in Lyon Building, Mary Hall: Fill out this INTEREST FORM.

Benefits for District Partners

Districts will partner with MTSU to mentor and prepare students for employment in their schools. Participating partners will be included in all aspects of the program, including recruitment, retention, and career opportunities for students. Sponsoring districts will provide funding for any portion of the student’s bill that is not covered by scholarships or grants, giving districts the opportunity to partner with students from the very beginning of their educational career. 

TTBI “Dean’s List” Donors

Our future prosperity and well-being are in the hands of those who have committed themselves to meeting the education needs of our youth. The following individuals demonstrate remarkable leadership within the College of Education by supporting the Tennessee Teach Back Initiative (TTBI) financial aid packages at the $5,000+ level.

Andy and Cherry Womack

Mary Lovelace

Mary Larrabee

In The News

WKRN News 2 Coverage

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