Get Your Tennessee Teaching Certification

If you would like to become a teacher in Tennessee, then the most efficient way to get that done is to graduate from an accredited college or university with an approved teacher preparation program. As a part of the program, you will complete the required courses, take the proper Praxis assessments, and receive the recommendation that will allow you to become certified in Tennessee.

To get your license, once the Dean of Education and Certification Office has recommended you for certification, you will need to complete an application form and submit that along with official transcripts from your school. During your first few years teaching, you will need to complete the "Framework for Evaluation and Professional Growth" training. You will need to teach for three years with this license before you can advance to the Professional License.

Once you receive your Apprentice Teacher License, you will want to find a position at a school in Tennessee. Memphis City Schools employs well-qualified teachers who are committed to academic achievement in this district where over 53% of teachers hold a Master’s degree or higher and 95% are "highly qualified." Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools has a strong teacher base with over 93% being "highly qualified." The turnover rate is low and the teacher awards earned is high in this diverse district with students from over 84 countries represented. Knox County Schools teach with a curriculum that is child-centered and community-based and is updated every six years. Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga use several innovative initiatives in their goal to increase student performance and decrease drop-out rates.

After having taught for three years with your Apprentice Teacher License, you will need to upgrade to a Professional License. In order to do this, you will need to have completed the "Framework for Evaluation and Professional Growth" and must be currently employed for five months in the same specialty that matches the endorsement on your license. A teacher must be recommended for advancement by the school in which he/she teaches. Once you receive your Professional License, it will be valid for ten years before renewal. In order to renew this license, if you have a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree with less than five years teaching, you will need to earn 90 credits through either college courses or pre-approved professional development activities. If you have a Master’s degree with more than five years teaching, you do not need any credits.

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