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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 April 8, 2019
  • Out of State Licensing applications received the week of March 25, 2019
  • Renewal  applications received the week of April 15, 2019
  • Advancement applications received the week of March 25, 2019
  • Additional Degrees/Endorsement applications received the week of April 1, 2019
  • Administrator applications received the week of March 25, 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 Training Summer 2019

In the summer of 2019, two state approved algebra I employment standards trainings will be offered for educators seeking an Algebra I/Integrated I Employment Standard verification letter:

For a full listing of the algebra I employment standards requirements and instructions for requesting a verification letter, visit the Add an Endorsement or Degree section.

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