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Out-of-State Educators

The department is excited about your interest in becoming a licensed Tennessee educator! Review the Tennessee Educator License Types  document to learn about the licenses offered. There are three pathways by which an out-of-state educator may obtain Tennessee educator license. Each pathway requires a registered TNCompass account. The Out-of-State Applicant Checklist provides step-by-step instructions.

The practitioner license is an initial license, valid for three years. To be issued a practitioner license using a valid out-of-state initial-level license, an applicant must:

·          hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;

·          hold an initial level license in a state other than Tennessee,

·          submit a recommendation, using the Out-of-State Educator Preparation Verification form, from the out-of-state EPP where the educator completed a preparation program (all out-of-state providers must meet conditions stipulated in State Board Rule 0520-02-04); and

·          ensure that the department has official transcripts of all credits earned through an institution of higher education. The transcript must be submitted by the institution to Educator.Licensure@tn.gov through an approved clearinghouse, or mailed to 710 James Robertson Parkway, 9th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243. For more information, review the Academic Transcripts Operating Procedures.

Educators who meet the criteria will not be required to submit qualifying scores on required content and pedagogical assessments, as indicated in Professional Assessments for Tennessee Educators Policy 5.105, at the point of application, but must do so to renew or advance the license.

The practitioner license is an initial license, valid for three years. To be issued a practitioner license using a recommendation from an out-of-state educator preparation provider (EPP), the applicant must:

·          hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;

·          submit a recommendation, using the Out-of-State Educator Preparation Verification form, from the out-of-state EPP where the educator completed a preparation program (all out-of-state providers must meet conditions stipulated in State Board Rule 0520-02-04);

·          submit qualifying scores on all required assessments (as indicated in Professional Assessments for Tennessee Educators Policy 5.105); and

·          ensure that the department has official transcripts of all credits earned through an institution of higher education. The transcript must be submitted by the institution of higher education

to Educator.Licensure@tn.gov through an approved clearinghouse, or mailed to 710 James Robertson Parkway, 9th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243. For more information, review the Academic Transcripts Operating Procedures.

The practitioner license is an initial license, valid for three years. To be issued a practitioner license using a valid out of state professional-level license, an applicant must:

·          hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;

·          hold a professional level license in a state other than Tennessee,

·          ensure that the department has official transcripts of all credits earned through an institution of higher education. The transcript must be submitted by the institution to Educator.Licensure@tn.gov through an approved clearinghouse, or mailed to 710 James Robertson Parkway, 9th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243. For more information, review the Academic Transcripts Operating Procedures.

Educators who meet the criteria will not be required to submit qualifying scores on required content assessments at the point of application, but must do so to renew or advance the license.

The practitioner license is an initial license, valid for three years. Educators currently enrolled in an educator preparation program that has a formal partnership agreement with a Tennessee school district on file with the office of educator licensure and preparation may be issued a license through this pathway. To be issued a practitioner license through the out-of-state job-embedded partnership pathway, the applicant must:

·          hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;

·          ensure that the program they are enrolled in has a formal partnership agreement with the Tennessee school district in which he/she will be teaching on file with the department;

·          submit a recommendation, using the Out-of-State Educator Preparation Verification form, from the out-of-state EPP where the educator completed a preparation program (all out-of-state providers must meet conditions stipulated in State Board Rule 0520-02-04);

·          verify content knowledge by submitting qualifying scores on all required content assessments (as indicated in Professional Assessments for Tennessee Educators Policy 5.105). Passing scores on the required pedagogical assessment ( out—of-state applicants may submit qualifying score on the ETS Principles of Learning and Teaching or SCALE/Pearson edTPA) must be submitted prior to renewing or advancing the practitioner license and

·          ensure that the department has official transcripts of all credits earned through an institution of higher education. The transcript must be submitted by the institution of higher learning

to Educator.Licensure@tn.gov through an approved clearinghouse or mailed to 710 James Robertson Parkway, 9th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243. For more information, review the Academic Transcripts Operating Procedures.

The ILL is an administrator license, valid for three years, and may be renewed. To be issued the ILL using a valid comparable administrator license from a state other than Tennessee and experience as a Principal, the applicant must:

·          hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;

·          provide proof of a full, valid, and continuously renewable license, comparable to the Tennessee Instructional Leader License or submit a recommendation, using the Out-of-State Instructional Leader Preparation Verification form, from the out-of-state EPP where the educator completed an instructional leader preparation program (all out-of-state instructional leader preparation programs must meet conditions stipulated in State Board Rule 0520-02-04)

·          provide evidence of three (3) years qualifying pre-K-12 education working experience, one of which must be serving as a school principal, using the experience verification form;

·          ensure that the department has official transcripts of all credits earned through an institution of higher education. The transcript must be submitted by the institution to Educator.Licensure@tn.gov through an approved clearinghouse, or mailed to 710 James Robertson Parkway, 9th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243. For more information, review the Academic Transcripts Operating Procedures.

Educators who meet this criteria will not be required to submit qualifying score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) at any point in time.

The ILL is valid for three years and may be renewed. To be issued the ILL using a recommendation from an out-of-state EPP, the applicant must:

·          hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;

·          provide evidence of three (3) years qualifying pre-K-12 education working experience, using the using the experience verification form exper

·          provide proof of a full, valid, and continuously renewable license, comparable to the Tennessee Instructional Leader License or submit a recommendation, using the Out-of-State Instructional Leader Preparation Verification form, from the out-of-state EPP where the educator completed an instructional leader preparation program (all out-of-state instructional leader preparation programs must meet conditions stipulated in State Board Rule 0520-02-04)

·          submit qualifying scores on required assessment(s)* (required assessment information can be found here); and

·          ensure that the department has official transcripts of all credits earned through an institution of higher education. The transcript must be submitted by the institution of higher education.

to Educator.Licensure@tn.gov through an approved clearinghouse, or mailed to 710 James

 

Robertson Parkway, 9th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243. For more information, review the Academic Transcripts Operating Procedures.

*Out-of-state applicants who are unable to submit passing scores on the SLLA but have met all other requirements may be issued the Instructional Leadership License—Aspiring (ILL-A). The ILL-A allows educators to be hired as an assistant principal. Once qualifying scores are submitted, the educator may advance to the ILL.