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 July 29, 2019
- Out of State Licensing applications received the week of July 22, 2019
- Renewal applications received the week of July 15, 2019
- Advancement applications received the week of July 1, 2019
- Additional Degrees/Endorsement applications received the week of July 8 2019
- Administrator applications received the week of July 22, 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:
- Visit https://tdoe.tncompass.org/Public/Search
- Enter your first and last name or license number
- Select “View License”
- 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
Licensure and Preparation Website Feedback
Thank you for visiting our site. The office of educator licensure and preparation (OELP) is committed to providing high quality customer service and information. Please take a moment to complete this Licensure and Preparation Website Survey regarding your experience with our redesigned website. Your feedback will inform our continued efforts to develop and maintain a website that serves as a useful tool for individuals seeking information about educator licensure and preparation in Tennessee.
News & Notes
District Licensure Guidance
The office of educator licensure and preparation has developed a licensure guidance document for districts. This document includes some of the most requested existing resources and newly developed resources designed to address common inquiries and feedback from districts. This guidance document was created to improve district access to actionable information in support of staffing decisions and the continuous development of an appropriately credentialed educator workforce.
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
9th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243