Tennessee Educators

Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state in which to become and remain a teacher and leader for all by providing opportunities to become a teacher for free and build a pathway into the profession. The department is investing more than $20 million to address shortages of credentialed teachers and professional development for our educators to ensure all students can get the supports they need.    

The state’s Grow Your Own initiative creates pathways to become a teacher for free— enabling future teachers to earn their degree, serve their home communities, maintain employment, and begin day one of teaching with real-world classroom experience.  

Additionally, the department provides supports to educators related to educator licensure and preparation, professional development and additional endorsement opportunities to ensure all Tennessee educators are provided with resources to succeed in the classroom. 

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Latest News for Educators


Tennessee Teacher Named 2024 National Teacher of the Year Finalist

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 | 12:00pm

Nashville, TN – Today, the Tennessee Department of Education announced Missy Testerman, ESL program director at Rogersville City School, has been named one of four finalists for the 2024 National Teacher of the Year Award.

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TDOE, TERA Release Results of 2023 Tennessee Educator Survey

Wednesday, November 01, 2023 | 02:00pm

Nashville, TN—Today, the Tennessee Department of Education and Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA) released key findings and responses from the 2023 Tennessee Educator Survey from nearly half of the state’s educator population. Responses from the 2023 survey are vital to informing the state’s work on improving the educator experience in Tennessee and supporting educators with meeting the needs of every student in the state. The department looks forward to continuing to attract and retain the best educators in Tennessee.

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Tennessee Announces 2023-24 Tennessee Teacher of the Year 

Friday, August 25, 2023 | 08:00pm

Nashville, TN— This evening, the Tennessee Department of Education announced Missy Testerman, an educator from Rogersville City Schools known for her compassion and dedication to her students and community, was named the 2023-24 Tennessee Teacher of the Year at the department’s annual Excellence in Education celebration.

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