dcsimg

The path to becoming a teacher in Tennessee generally begins with a bachelor's degree in education or a similar field, though there may be other possible routes available. Commonly, aspiring teachers supplement their bachelor's degree with a period of training as a student teacher. They are then usually required to pass a licensing exam before starting their careers. For those who have already earned teaching certification in another state, Tennessee has a path that can help them become licensed to teach in the state.

Areas of Specialization for Teachers in Tennessee

Applicants for Tennessee teaching licenses apply for a Practitioner License, valid for three years. Licenses are available in many endorsement areas, which are organized by grade level and subject matter. Some examples of endorsement areas granted for Tennessee teaching licenses include the following:

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • World Languages (6-12)
  • English Language Learners (PreK-12)
  • PE/Health (K-12)
  • Fine Arts (K-12)

Teaching licenses are also available in occupational endorsement areas such as:

  • Electricity
  • Culinary arts
  • Graphic communications
  • Manufacturing technology

Earning an endorsement in a more specialized area, like Special Education, JROTC, or Speech/Language Pathology, may require additional education. For more information about the types of teaching licenses and endorsement areas available, you can visit the endorsement codes page of Tennessee's Department of Education website.

Tennessee Teacher Licensing Requirements

Tennessee teaching licenses generally require that applicants hold a bachelor's degree in education or a related field. Aspiring teachers must complete "a state-approved educator preparation program" and earn a recommendation from that program in order to apply for a teaching license.

They may also be required to complete the Praxis I assessment before entering a teaching program. Applicants for teaching licenses must pass the required Praxis II exams before they can proceed with their applications. This includes a Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) portion and separate tests for each subject area the applicant plans to teach.

The state of Tennessee does not require background checks or fingerprinting for aspiring teachers. However, individual schools or districts may ask prospective teachers to undergo background checks.

For more information on licensing requirements, read more on the Tennessee Department of Education's teacher licensing page.

Out-of-State Educators in Tennessee

For educators who earned their teaching license out-of-state, there are requirements that must be fulfilled before they can teach in Tennessee. An out-of-state application must be filed, along with copies of all transcripts and a copy of your current teaching license. Full details on how out-of-state educators can earn a credential to teach in Tennessee can be found on the Department of Education website.

Alternate Paths to Teaching in Tennessee

As of September 2016, the state of Tennessee stopped issuing both the Apprentice License and the Transitional License. While Tennessee is home to two Teach for America programs, in Memphis and Nashville, those who wish to secure a traditional teaching career in Tennessee can follow the path outlined above for the Practitioner License.


Sources:

  1. Employment and Licensing, State of Tennessee Department of Education, http://www.tn.gov/education/section/licensing
  2. Endorsement Codes, State of Tennessee Department of Education, http://www.tn.gov/education/topic/endorsement-code-listings
  3. Overview of Tennessee Testing Requirements, Educational Testing Series, http://www.ets.org/praxis/tn

Teaching Schools in Tennessee

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Tennessee
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
 
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
B.S. in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure)
  • Why Earn Your Degree from GCU?
  • Options: Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more!
  • Convenience: Complete courses online, on campus, or a combination of both!
  • Earlier Graduation: Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time.
  • Transfer Friendly: We will request your transcripts, evaluate your graduate coursework, and determine your anticipated graduation date within 24 hours.
  • Quality: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is regionally accredited. Learn more today!
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)

WELCOME TO KAPLAN UNIVERSITY

Online Education That Fits Your Life

For 80 years, we’ve been preparing students for career success. We’ve led the wayso that our students can too.

Globally Renowned Purdue to Acquire Kaplan University

Purdue University, one of the nation's most respected universities, will acquire Kaplan University and create a new, nonprofit, public institution within the Purdue system. Pending regulatory approvals, this exciting transition is expected to take place later this year. This change will be seamless—during the transition, you will still be able to enroll at Kaplan University, earn a high-quality education, and meet your educational and career goals.

  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education*
  • Recognized as a Top 20 Best Online Bachelor’s Program by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
  • Online, campus-based, and evening courses offered in 95 areas of study, including Business, Nursing, Psychology, & more.
  • Endorsed by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazine as a Military Friendly School in 2015.
  • Features small class sizes, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.
  • 88% of Regent University students receive financial aid, with $18 million awarded in institutional scholarships & aid each year.
  • Online Courses
Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology
  • Has students attend one four-week class at a time and take their final exam before moving on to their next class.
  • Offers 24/7 online tech support, with a typical response time of 4 hours or less.
  • Has online help centers that offer assistance with writing, statistics, medical assisting, and more.
  • Provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.
  • Researches trends for growing fields to tailor a more effective curriculum.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Liberty University’s online programs ranked in the top 10 out of more than 2,100 colleges & universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility.*
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.**
  • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program.
  • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits