Martin Methodist introduces new teacher licensure program

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

PULASKI, Tenn. – Martin Methodist College (MMC) is excited to announce its new Teacher Assistant to Teacher Licensure Program beginning in January 2018.

The program is designed to help teacher assistants in the surrounding counties take the next step to teacher licensure. The program will create a flexible option for current teacher assistants to take classes taught by MMC instructors within their own counties. Teacher assistants currently holding an Associate degree will be eligible immediately to begin a lock-step, five semester program through MMC. Those without Associate degrees will receive curriculum guidance from MMC, have a path mapped out, but have the choice to take those first two years with MMC or at another institution.

This program is both accessible and affordable, with numerous financial aid opportunities available, and will meet one of Tennessee’s primary work force development needs. As a wonderful byproduct, upon completion, the teacher assistant who becomes a licensed teacher will triple their salaries.

“The paraprofessional initiative at MMC has the potential to be a win-win for both the local school system and their employees,” said Education Professor Dr. Grace Meier. “It is an opportunity for the school system to ‘grow their own’ while providing their employees with an affordable opportunity to advance in their career and financial position.”

“This unique program represents such an important collaboration between the college and the public schools of our local service area,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Judy Cheatham. “Working together, we are able to educate our own fellow citizens, increase the bottom line in terms of economic growth not only for individuals but for our area, and help serve our children better as we graduate more ‘highly qualified’ teachers. I applaud our colleagues in the public schools as they help us make this opportunity available to men and women who already, through their work as teacher assistants, have committed their lives to help teach children.”

For more information, MMC will hold two sessions on December 12 and January 3 at 5 p.m. on campus in Colonial Hall. Dr. Judy Cheatham and Education Professors Dr. Grace Meier and Dr. Tina Smith will be present to advise while Assistant Director of Admissions Claire Paul and Vice President and COO Robby Shelton assist with admission into the program and financial aid. Contact Claire Paul ( for inquiries or to register.