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Educator Licensure & Preparation

The department works to issue licenses efficiently to Tennessee educators in accordance with legislative codes and state board rules and regulations and policies. The office of educator licensure and preparation is responsible for the issuance of all Tennessee educator licenses, and approval of educator preparation programs.

  • Initial In-state Licensing applications received the week of March 11, 2019
  • Out of State Licensing applications received the week of March 4, 2019
  • Renewal  applications received the week of March 11, 2019
  • Advancement applications received the week of March 4, 2019
  • Additional Degrees/Endorsement applications received the week of February 25, 2019
  • Administrator applications received the week of March 4, 2019

To help us process applications efficiently, please wait at least six weeks after submitting your application before contacting our office with any concerns.

If you would like to print a copy of your Tennessee teaching license, please follow the steps below to view and print your license:

  1. Visit https://tdoe.tncompass.org/Public/Search
  2. Enter your first and last name or license number
  3. Select “View License”
  4. Select “Print”

The printed version of your Tennessee teaching license will be official, however, please note that at this time our system does not allow for a printed copy suitable for framing.

Manage Your Tennessee License

To apply for a new Tennessee license or take action on a current license, visit TNCompass. First time users will need to register for an account. All licensure transactions (e.g., apply, advance, renew, etc.) must be submitted electronically through TNCompass. The department no longer accepts paper applications. To have your credentials evaluated for Tennessee licensure eligibility, please submit the desired transaction in TNCompass for review by a licensure specialist.

Licensure and Preparation FAQs

Answers to common licensure questions are available on the FAQ page.

News & Notes

Algebra I Employment Standards

Pursuant to T.C.A. § 49-6-6006 and State Board Policy, anyone listed as the teacher of record for a course above Algebra I or Integrated Math I must carry a secondary mathematics endorsement. Any teacher interested in teaching Algebra I or Integrated Math I at any grade level who does not currently hold a secondary mathematics endorsement must meet the State Board-approved employment standard. This chiefly affects middle school teachers who are teaching Algebra I or Integrated Math I and special education teachers who are serving as the teacher of record. In October 2014, the State Board of Education approved on final reading two additional options for educators to meet the requirements for eligibility; these changes took place in the spring 2015. 

In order to teach Algebra I or Integrated Math I without a secondary mathematics endorsement, educators must pass the Middle School Mathematics Praxis (5169) or the NES Mathematics (Middle Grades and Early Secondary) (105) test  and must meet one of the following:

  • Attend a state-approved training   - OR -
  • Take and pass a supplemental test approved by the department. The department has approved the following supplemental tests.
    1. College Board CLEP test: College Algebra ( Passing Score 60 )
    2. College Board CLEP test: College Mathematics ( Passing score 60)
    3. Algebra 1 Praxis (5162) (Passing score 157)

After completing the above employment standard criteria, educators are responsible for emailing Melissa.Haun@tn.gov to request an Algebra I/Integrated I Employment Standard verification letter. Upon receipt, it is recommended that educators upload a copy of the verification letter to TNCompass, provide a copy to their school/district office, and keep a copy for personal records.  Please note, completing the employment standard criteria provides eligibility to teach Algebra I/Integrated I without a secondary mathematics endorsement and is not a change in licensure.

In addition, previously the state board ruled that teachers with a level 5 TVAAS score in Algebra I (one-year, two-year, or three-year) in the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 school years do NOT need to take the training or pass the supplemental test. These educators must still pass the Middle School Mathematics Praxis (5169) to be eligible to teach Algebra I or Integrated Math I. The Tennessee Department of Education sent directors of schools a list of teachers whose TVAAS scores meet the employment standard in January 2015.

Look for more information to be communicated regarding upcoming training dates. Questions about the Employment Standard should be directed to Melissa.Haun@tn.gov, coordinator of mathematics content and resources.

Contact the Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation

Licensure Inquiries: Educator.Licensure@tn.gov

Preparation Inquiries: Educator.Preparation@tn.gov

Licensure Call Center: (615) 532-4885

Fax: (615) 532-1448

Mailing Address:

12th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243