Educator Licensure

The department works to issue licenses efficiently to Tennessee educators in compliance with Legislative Codes and State Board Rules and Regulations.

Now processing:
  • Initial In-state Licensing applications received the week of July 24, 2017
  • Out of State Licensing applications received the week of July 17, 2017
  • Renewal  applications received the week of July 17, 2017
  • Advancement applications received the week of June 26, 2017
  • Additional Degrees/Endorsement applications received the week of June 26, 2017
  • Administrator applications received the week of July 17, 2017

To help us process applications efficiently, please wait at least six weeks after submitting your application before contacting our office with any concerns.

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Print your license

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 https://tdoe.tncompass.org/Public/Search
  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.

News & Notes

Licensure Call Center Temporary Closure

In an effort to process as many licensure applications as possible before the Aug. 31 expiration deadline, the office of educator licensure and preparation will close the call center on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 24 and 25. The call center will re-open at 8 a.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 28. Applications for renewal or advancement must have a status of pending OELP review in TNCompass by Aug. 31 to be processed, or the license will become inactive.

Critical Licensure Expiration Information

Educators who hold a license (this includes all license types - teacher, occupational teacher, school services or leader license) that will expire on August 31, 2017 must apply to renew or advance their license on or before August 31, 2017.  In order to avoid licensure expiration, educators must complete the renewal or advancement application online using TNCompass on or before August 31, 2017. If the application status is not Pending OELP Review by August 31, 2017, the license will become inactive.  In most cases, educators will be required to submit qualifying scores on any content or literacy assessments associated with the endorsements on the license before the license can be reactivated.   

As a reminder, individuals who do not hold an active license may not serve as a teacher of record in a Tennessee public school classroom. This includes charter schools.

Out-of-State Applications for Licensure

Out of state applications must be submitted through the online licensure portal TNCompass. Once on the TNCompass homepage, educators should click "Register Now" and then follow the steps to submit the application through the online system. Official transcripts may not be uploaded to TNCompass, they must be sent directly to the Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation from the college or university, either through the mail, or electronically to Educator.Licensure@tn.gov. All other information may be uploaded by the educator to TNCompass.

Out of state applicants who submit paper applications after June 15th will be directed to submit the application through TNCompass.

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 a state-approved training.  Summer training dates are available here.     - 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 Melissa.Haun@tn.gov 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 Melissa.Haun@tn.gov, coordinator of mathematics content and resources.

Educator Licensure Policy – Transition Procedures

Under the new educator licensure policy that went into effect Sept. 1, educators may only renew a license during the year immediately preceding the date of expiration. As we transition to the new licensure policy, we will begin accepting applications for conversion or advancement of licenses that expire in 2016 on March 1, 2016. Licenses will be converted to the Practitioner License or advanced to the 6-year Professional License.

Please see this document for more information about converting or advancing active licenses after March 1, 2016.

Please see this document for more information about reactivating an inactive license.

Licensure Changes in 2015

Beginning September 1, 2015, a new policy for licensure will go into effect. Read more about these policy changes. The policy is available on the State Board of Education web site, policy number 5.502.

End of Course Examination Changes for Integrated Math and Geometry

Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Integrated Math I, II, III will have End of Course exams beginning in 2015-16. Teachers of record who teach above Algebra I or Integrated Math I must carry a secondary mathematics endorsement.

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