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The endorsement codes listed below may be issued on a Tennessee educator license, indicating the subject and grade-span of licensure. A list of retired academic and occupational endorsement codes is available here. To determine which endorsement(s) may be used to teach a specific course, visit the Correlations of Course and Endorsement Codes page.

Endorsement Code
Endorsement Code

If the form for a desired licensure transaction is not listed below, the entire transaction must be completed in TNCompass. The forms below may be uploaded in TNCompass with the licensure transaction submission.

Initial License

Out-of-State Educator Preparation Verification (Attach completed form in TNCompass prior to submitting the licensure application.)

Out-of-State Instructional Leader Preparation Verification (Attach completed form in TNCompass prior to submitting the licensure application.)

Adjunct Teacher

Waivers and Permits

For the District Waiver and Permit applications, please see the Appendix Section (page 41) of the Educator Licensure Operating Procedures for Districts document.  

Permit & Waiver Application Instructions for Districts

 

Occupational Education

Occupational Experience and Qualification

Occupational Teacher Checklist

Other Forms

Application for Additional Endorsement Completed Out-of-State (Form may be uploaded as part of TNCompass application.)

Candidate edTPA Hardship Verification Form

Experience for Advancement Guidance and Form

Out-of-State Educator Assessment Waiver Form

Clinical Mentor Service Verification Form

 
 
 

The following documents provide additional support and guidance related to educator licensure and preparation.

Licensure

Educator Licensure Operating Procedures for Districts

Licensure Advancement Application Checklist

Licensure Renewal Application Checklist

Out-of-State Applicant Checklist

Occupational Educators

Occupational Licensure and Endorsement 101

Other Documents

For End of Course (EOC) teaching requirements, see page 8 of the Educator Licensure Operating Procedures for Districts document above.

Academic Transcripts Operating Procedures

The Educator Licensure Policy 5.502 describes the use of professional development points (PDPs) for educator licensure advancement or renewal. Once educators staffed in a Tennessee public school enter their PDPs into TNCompass, appropriate district staff approve or deny PDPs based on state guidelines. If an educator is not staffed in a Tennessee public school at the time of application, the department of education will approve or deny PDPs based on state guidelines.

1.       What qualifies as acceptable activities for PDPs?

To earn PDPs, an activity must be related to improving educator effectiveness by:

a.       Developing content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, or pedagogical content knowledge; enhancing educator effectiveness (e.g., world language courses for those working with students for whom English is a second language, coursework that supports understanding and use of data; training to teach students who require specific behavioral or other exceptional needs in the classroom); or

b.      Developing competency in student social and emotional health and well-being.

The following table provides information about how PDPs may be earned and identifies acceptable PDP options, number of PDPs awarded, and required documentation.

Option PDPs Awarded Required Documentation

Professional Learning

1 clock hour = 1 PDP

Certificate, transcript, or verification signed by the director of schools (or authorized district personnel)

Continuing Education

1 continuing education unit (CEU) = 5 PDPs

Certificate or transcript

College/University Coursework

1 semester hour credit = 10 PDPs

Transcript

Serving as a clinical mentor for candidates completing an educator preparation program

1 academic year = 20 PDPs

Clinical mentor verification form signed by the director of schools (or designee.

Level of Overall Effectiveness (LOE) Rating

Overall Score of 5 = 20 PDPs

Overall Score of 4 = 15 PDPs

Overall Score of 3 = 10 PDPs

No documentation is required. Information is maintained by the department.

LOE Rating for Educators Employed at a Priority School or Focus School

Overall score of 5 = 25 PDPs

Overall Score of 4 = 20 PDPs

No documentation is required. Information is maintained by the department.

National Board Certification

Initial Certification = 30 PDPs

Renewal Certification = 15 PDPs

Official documentation from the national profession board for teaching or school services.

2.       How many PDPs do educators need to advance to a professional license?

To advance to a professional license, educators must have

·  three years of acceptable experience (see the Experience for Advancement and Verification Form document in the Licensure Forms – Other Forms section), and

·  one of the following:

·  30 PDPs earned during the validity period of the license or

·  a recommendation of the director of schools

Educators may apply to advance the license as soon as requirements are met.

 

3.       How many PDPs do educators need to renew a professional license?

·    To renew a professional license, educators must submit 60 PDPs during the validity period of the license.

 

4.       When can educators earn PDPs?

To be valid for renewal or advancement of a Tennessee license, PDPs must be earned during the validity period of the license. For example, if a license is valid from Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2021, only PDPs earned during that time can be used to renew or advance the educator license. If an educator submits PDPs earned prior to the validity period of the license, the district must deny the PDPs in TNCompass.

 

5.       Can educators earn PDPs while attending professional learning activities (e.g., conferences, professional seminars) for which they receive compensation?

Yes, educators can receive PDPs for attending learning activities for which they receive compensation if the activities are related to improving educator effectiveness (see question 1).

 

6.       Can educators earn PDPs by attending required trainings (e.g., blood-borne pathogens and general school safety)?

While these are very important activities, in most cases they are not related directly to most educators' effectiveness and therefore do not qualify for PDPs.

 

7.       Can educators earn PDPs while attending activities that are part of the required 30 hours of in-service per contract year?

Yes. If the topic of the in-service activity is related to improving educator effectiveness, the in-service hours may be used for PDPs.

However, such activities may qualify for PDPs for school services personnel (e.g., school counselor, school social worker, school psychologist) if the approving administrator determines that participation will enhance educator effectiveness based on current job duties.

 

8.       Can educators receive PDPs for presenting at a conference or other learning event?

No. Time spent presenting at a conference, at school or district in-services, or other learning events cannot be used to earn PDPs.

9.       What can educators use as documentation for PDPs?

The type of documentation required varies by the type of activity used to accrue PDPs (see table in question 1). Districts can choose whether to track PDP documentation locally or to have educators upload all PDP documentation in TNCompass. By approving PDPs, district administrators are indicating that official documentation has been submitted and retained locally or in TNCompass.

10.       How are PDPs submitted into TNCompass?

Educators may submit their PDPs in TNCompass. Instructions are located here. PDPs can be entered into TNCompass at any time, but must be submitted prior to the expiration date of the license.

 

11.       How are PDPs issued based on evaluation scores?

PDPs earned from evaluation scores will be issued automatically in TNCompass once the level of overall effectiveness (LOE) for the educator is finalized in TNCompass. For the purpose of advancement or renewal, educators should not rely on evaluation scores for PDPs in the last year of the validity period of a license because the LOE will likely not be finalized before the end of August. Note that all licenses are set to expire on Aug. 31 of the expiration year.

 

12.       Who approves PDPs for educators who are currently staffed in a Tennessee public school?

PDPs submitted by educators currently staffed in TNCompass will have their PDPs approved by one of the district’s designees for approving PDPs. Districts may have their own guidelines regarding submitting PDPs and documentation in TNCompass. Please check with your district staff to see if they provide any specific PDP guidelines for district educators.

 

13.       How does the district approve PDPs?

District staff designated to approve PDPs have a PDP Work Queue in TNCompass. Once an educator submits PDPs in his/her account, authorized district personnel must approve or deny the PDPs through TNCompass. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the TNCompass Licensure Administrator Guide, found on the TNCompass homepage.

14.       Who approves PDPs for educators who are not currently staffed in a Tennessee public (e.g., retired teachers) but would like to maintain an active license?

Educators who are not currently staffed in a Tennessee public school but wish to maintain an active license must still attain the appropriate number of PDPs. The educator must submit their PDPs and related documentation directly into TNCompass.

The department will evaluate the documentation and issue PDPs based on policy requirements. District administrators may provide opportunities to accrue PDPs by allowing those individuals to attend school or district professional learning activities, as appropriate.

15.       I am a teacher currently working in a Tennessee charter or private school that does not use a state-approved evaluation model. Who approves the PDPs I submit for my license renewal?

Educators who are currently teaching in a private or charter school that does not use a state-approved evaluation model submit their PDPs and related documentation directly into TNCompass. The department will review and approve these PDPs.

16.       Are faculty and staff who are working in TASL-mandated positions required to submit 60 PDPs in order to maintain an active teacher or school service personnel license?

Administrators in a TASL-mandated positions or serving as directors of schools may use this experience in lieu of submitting PDPs to renew the professional teaching or school services personnel license. When submitting the application in TNCompass, educators should indicate in the Submission Notes section that they are serving in a TASL-mandated position.

17.       How does an educator with an active administrator license who is not in a TASL-mandated position maintain an active teaching or school services personnel license?

Educators with an active administrator license who are not in a TASL-mandated position must submit 60 PDPs to renew the professional teaching or school service personnel license, or 30 PDPs for a Practitioner 2nd Issuance license.

For more information or with questions, contact Educator.Licensure@tn.gov.