Aspiring Tennessee educators must complete an approved educator preparation program. Approved preparation programs are available through a variety of levels, types, and pathways including undergraduate and post-baccalaureate, and with student teaching, internship, or job-embedded clinical practice. The requirements for educator preparation provider (EPP) eligibility and the approval of educator preparation programs are set by the State Board of Education (SBE) as outlined in Educator Preparation Policy 5.504 and rule Chapter 0520-02-04.
Individuals interested in finding a Tennessee approved provider or program may search the approved preparation providers/programs.
Mentors Matter Training Initiative Grant Opportunity
The department is calling for applications for the Mentors Matter Training Initiative Recruitment Grant for academic year 2019-20. Approved Tennessee educator preparation providers (EPPs) are eligible to apply. This reimbursement grant will provide financial incentives and supports for EPPs, partner local education agencies (LEAs), and up to 600 LEA-based clinical mentors which may participate in the Mentors Matter Training Initiative during the 2019-20 academic year (fall and spring). Grantees will engage in strategic recruitment of teachers to serve as clinical mentors and in targeted communication efforts with LEA partners and clinical mentors to ensure participation in the full range of training and research activities. Grantees will receive financial incentives for the successful recruitment of clinical mentors, as well as funding to provide incentives to LEA partners and participating clinical mentors. The training initiative is designed to support clinical mentors through department-led training on coaching and providing feedback to teacher candidates during clinical experiences, and to develop a research base for understanding how coaching and feedback may enhance clinical mentor support of teacher candidates. The deadline for EPPs to apply is July 28.