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So you want to earn your Tennessee Teacher Certification? Let's take a look at the step by step instructions:

Traditional Approach for the Tennessee Teacher Certification

  1. Earn your Bachelors Degree or higher from an accredited university. If you already have a bachelors degree, then be sure to request more information for your Master’s Degree right away
  2. Teacher Preparations: This will include teacher prep courses, student teaching, and other types of internships. In order to receive a Tennessee Teacher Certification, you must have some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid. There 180 hours of field experience required
  3. Pass the Tennessee Competency Exams (EST)
  4. Submit the following:
    • Requested Application
      • Page 2 needs to be submitted by your Certification Official
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      Tennessee Department of Education
      Office of Teacher Licensing
      710 James Robertson Parkway
      4th Floor Andrew Johnson Tower
      Nashville, TN 37243-0377
      (615) 532-4885
  5. Do you want to renew your Tennessee Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for a Tennessee Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can earn the Teacher Conditional Tennessee Teaching Certification to teach in Tennessee. This will allow you to start teaching before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Obviously you must still earn your Bachelors Degree from an accredited university. Ideally, you should always continue your education in efforts to earn a Master’s degree.
  2. Select which type of alterative license you need
  3. Provide official transcripts
  4. Be employed directly by the Tennessee school district
  5. Pass the Praxis Exam (if required)
  6. spend 24 semester hours to earn full license (if required
  7. Call (615) 532-4885 for more information
  8. Mail to:
    Tennessee Department of Education
    Office of Teacher Licensing
    710 James Robertson Parkway
    4th Floor Andrew Johnson Tower
    Nashville, TN 37243-0377

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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • 100% online degrees include Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Education, , and more.
  • Students and faculty are encouraged to engage in a collaborative learning environment that promotes personal and professional growth.
  • All faculty are professionals in the field of education, with PhD or EdD qualifications.
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Doctor of Management – Higher Education Teaching and Learning
  • Online MBA program ranked 6th in the USA by CEO magazine.
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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.
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Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
  • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
  • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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E-Learning - EdS
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
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