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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 January 7, 2018
  • Out of State Licensing applications received the week of December 26, 2018
  • Renewal  applications received the week of January 7, 2018
  • Advancement applications received the week of January 7, 2018
  • Additional Degrees/Endorsement applications received the week of January 7, 2018
  • Administrator applications received the week of December 26, 2018

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
  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.

Call for EPP Literacy Consultants

The department is seeking independent consultants to serve as reviewers of literacy proposals for educator preparation programs for alignment to literacy standards. Consultants will work collaboratively with the department to review the literacy proposals for ELA middle and secondary; instructional leader; and non-ELA, CTE, and pre-K-12 programs.

The consultant commitment spans from January-September 2019, with the majority of proposals expected between February-April. Consultants will also be expected to review revised proposals during the months of April-September, if needed. Consultants will be compensated, and a full description of the role and consultant qualifications can be found here. Qualified applicants may apply to be a consultant for more than one program area.

With questions, contact

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

OELP Website Updates

We have updated the organization of the licensure website to provide easier access and navigation for educators. Please remember to update any bookmarks that you may have saved. Be on the lookout for future updates to the educator preparation pages as we continue our efforts to provide educators with easy access to Tennessee licensure and preparation information.

OELP Email Address

As a reminder, all inquiries to the office of educator licensure and preparation (OELP) should be sent to The OELP no longer receives messages from the address.


Algebra I Employment Standards

Pursuant to TCA 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 1 or Integrated Math I and special education teachers who are serving as the teacher of record. At the Oct. 31, 2014 meeting, 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) AND must meet one of the following:

  • Attend the Spring 2019 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 to request an Algebra I/Integrated I Employment Standard verification letter. Upon receipt, educators must provide a copy of the verification letter to their district office. 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, coordinator of mathematics content and resources.