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Work-Based Learning

In an increasingly complex global economy, all students must be prepared with intellectual, technical, and social skills needed to compete and contribute meaningfully to their communities. For most, this will mean completing some postsecondary education or training; for all, it will mean learning about themselves and the world of work.

Work-based learning (WBL) is a proactive approach to bridging the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill careers in Tennessee. Students build on classroom-based instruction to develop employability skills that prepare them for success in postsecondary education and future careers. Through experiences like internships, apprenticeships, and paid work experience, juniors and seniors (16 years or older) may earn high school credit for capstone WBL experiences. WBL coordinators are educators who are trained and certified by the department to coordinate these WBL experiences for students.

The department is currently seeking additional certified health science work-based learning coordinators to serve on the Work-Based Learning (WBL) Leadership Council. The deadline to submit the application is Monday, May 14, at 3:30 p.m. CT.

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WBL Requirements

WBL Certification/Recertification Networking Event

Register here for an upcoming WBL Certification or Recertification Networking Event. 

Completion of WBL Certification and Recertification training is required for all educators listed as the teacher of record for WBL: Career Practicum, WBL: Transitions, Nursing Education, and/or Clinical Internship courses. WBL certificates must be renewed every two years.

This training is an intensive one-day introduction to WBL for teachers and CTE Directors who are not familiar with the new Tennessee State Board of Education Requirements for WBL or anyone in need of recertifying an existing WBL certificate. The WBL Certification/Recertification Networking Events address WBL Career Practicum standards, documentation and reporting requirements, WBL policies that apply to all CTE capstone courses, and strategies for launching or improving upon a quality WBL program. This training will certify teachers who are new to WBL and recertify returning WBL coordinators who need to become familiar with the updated WBL framework. Networking Events are now paperless. To access the materials for your event, you must bring a laptop, tablet, or other connected device.


Fall registration will be open through Friday, August 23, 2019 3:30 p.m. CT. Registrations for WBL Certification and Recertification Networking Events are processed on a first-come, first-served basis until all available spaces are full. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming WBL trainings, email WBL.Training@tn.gov.