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Instructional Leaders

Instructional Leader licenses allow educators to serve in administrative positions in Tennessee schools. Educators must visit TNCompass to take action on a current license.

Educator licenses must be renewed on or before the date of expiration. The Licensure Renewal Application Checklist provides detailed instructions for renewing a license.

To renew an ILL or ILL-P, an administrator must:

  • currently serve in administrator position (i.e., assistant principal, principal, or instructional supervisor) in an approved Tennessee public school system or Category 1, Category 2, or Category 3 approved non-public school.
  • have been evaluated as an administrator for the previous two years under the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS);
  • have completed or currently completing the required Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) credit hours required for each two year cycle;
  • verify evaluation of performance as an administrator at the level of the TILS appropriate to the license for at least two years by obtaining the signature of the school system’s director of schools or superintendent; and
  • submit an administrator license renewal application and TASL hours in TNCompass for approval by the department’s office of educator effectiveness.

Educators not employed in an administrator position (e.g., teachers, non-instructional school district central office personnel, etc.) whose ILL, ILL-P, or Professional Administrator License (PAL) credential is eligible for renewal must submit an application for renewal to the office of educator licensure. Please note that all renewal applicants must possess another active Tennessee educator license at the time of application submission.

Instructional Leadership License (ILL) to Instructional Leadership License—Professional (ILL-P)

Educators employed as administrators in Tennessee public and accredited non-public schools may advance to an ILL-P from the Instructional Leader License (ILL). Administrators employed in Tennessee public schools must stay up-to-date with the state-mandated Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) requirements. To advance from an ILL to an ILL-P an educator must:

  • have a minimum of two years of successful experience as a principal, assistant principal, or instructional supervisor verified by a director of schools;
  • obtain a recommendation from the director of schools or designee certifying an overall evaluation rating of at expectations or higher on a state-approved administrator evaluation model for at least two (2) of the three (3) years on the license;
  • obtain a recommendation from the TASL director certifying successful completion of the Beginning Assistant Principal’s Academy, Beginning Principal’s Academy, Beginning Supervisor’s Academy, or university-supported Individual Professional Learning Plan.*

*For more information about TASL academies and the professional learning plan, please contact TASL.Information@tn.gov.  

Educators with the Beginning Administrator License (BAL) must convert to an Instructional Leader License (ILL). Educators who meet the requirements for advancing to the ILL-P must process their advancement through TNCompass. Educators who hold an expired BAL must complete the BAL to ILL conversion unless they meet the requirements for advancement to an ILL-P. To convert a BAL, an educator must:

The department shares licensure reminders and updates with educators via email. Educators are advised to maintain current professional and personal email addresses in TNCompass to ensure access to licensure related communications.

To change a name:

  1. Log into TNCompass.
  2. Select “My Educator Profile” in the Application Quick Links section.
  3. Select “Transactions” and select “Name Change” to start a new transaction.
  4. Read related information, complete the name change form, and add appropriate attachments.
  5. Review for accuracy, read submission confirmation and submit.
  6. Select “Personal Affirmation” in the Submission Notes section. Complete the Name Change Transaction – Personal Affirmation.
  7. Confirm accuracy of submission and submit. Confirm personal affirmation and click submit again.

The following forms of legal documentation will be accepted for name changes:

  • U.S. issued driver’s license;
  • U.S. issued passport;
  • U.S. issued social security card; or
  • U.S. issued official court documents (e.g., marriage license, divorce decree, other official court document).

If an educator would like to change a middle name to a maiden name, it must appear that way on the legal documentation.

To change an address:

  1. Log into TNCompass.
  2. Select “Edit Account Information”.
  3. Edit the appropriate information.
  4. Confirm accuracy and click “Save” in the upper right corner.

Educators are advised to maintain current professional and personal email addresses in TNCompass to ensure access to licensure related communications from the department. To add/edit an email address:

  1. Log into TNCompass.
  2. Select “Edit Account Information”.
  3. Edit the appropriate information.
  4. Confirm accuracy and click “Save” in the upper right corner.