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


TDOE Announces 2024-25 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Finalists

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 | 11:00am

NASHVILLE, TN—Today, the Tennessee Department of Education announced the nine finalists for the 2024-25 Tennessee Teacher of the Year award.

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TDOE Announces Presidential Teaching Award State Finalists

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | 11:30am

Nashville, TN — Today, the Tennessee Department of Education announced four state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST award is the nation’s highest honor for U.S. K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers.

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Tennessee Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Month in May

Wednesday, May 01, 2024 | 11:00am

Nashville, TN—Throughout the month of May, the Tennessee Department of Education invites all Tennesseans to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month, Week, Day, proclaimed by Governor Bill Lee. Additionally, the department launched the ‘Year of Tennessee Teachers’ campaign, highlighting teachers for shaping the minds of the over one million K-12 students across the state to ensure they have access to a high-quality education and are successful in the classroom, workforce, and life.

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