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. 

Resources for Educators

Latest News for Educators


TDOE & TERA Launch 2023 Tennessee Educator Survey

Monday, February 27, 2023 | 03:15pm

Tennessee Educator Survey statewide. All educators, administrators, and certified school staff in Tennessee are invited to take the survey and share their perspectives and expertise on education issues affecting their classrooms and schools, to inform strategies and goals at the state, district, and local school levels.

Read full story

Tennessee Strengthens ‘Grow Your Own’ Initiative with Key State Partnership

Monday, February 27, 2023 | 11:30am

Nashville, TN—Today, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) announced a partnership to secure continued investment and financial commitment for innovative educator preparation pathways through a component of Tennessee’s Grow Your Own initiative, the first nationally-recognized teacher apprenticeship model.

Read full story

Tennessee Awards Over $5 Million in Grow Your Own Subgrants for Teacher Apprenticeship Programs

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 | 10:20am

Nashville, TN – Today, the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Grow Your Own Center announced over $5 million in subgrant funding has been awarded to five educator preparation providers (EPPs) to expand the Tennessee Teacher Apprenticeship programs to increase access and remove barriers to the educator profession, in alignment with the state’s Grow Your Own initiative.

Read full story