TN Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions

To be eligible for recommendation by the Licensure Office, students completing an Educational Leadership program must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. 

Tennessee accepts direct applications for Instructional Leadership - Beginning licensure from students who have completed an out-of-state, approved Instructional Leadership preparation program, such as the Educational Leadership programs offered by WGU. Follow the steps below to prepare your application for Tennessee licensure. You may also access the TN DOE Educator Licensure and Preparation webpage for more information.

Step 1: If you don't have an account already, register for your TNCompass account.  Refer to this guide for instructions.


Step 2: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.

Step 3: If the Tennessee Department of Education is not listed as a recipient on your SLLA score report, you will need to contact ETS and request that they mail an official score report directly to the Tennessee DOE. You may do this by calling 1-800-772-9476 or by submitting the Additional Score Report Request Form to ETS via fax or mail.  


Please note that applicants must have passed the required exams within five years prior to the date they apply for licensure.

Step 4:  Download and fill in your name and Tennessee Educator License Number on the Verification of Completion of an Approved Instructioal Leader Program by an Educator Preparation Pro.... 


Step 5: Email the partially-completed application form to The analyst will review your application and complete the remaining sections before emailing it back to you. Email attachments are preferred and should be in PDF format. 


Step 6: If using the Experience Verification Form method to verify work experience, then you need to have an authorized school official from the employing school fill out the Experience Verification Form and return it to you for inclusion in your application packet. 


Step 7: Mail transcripts and experience verification form to:


Tennessee Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensing
710 James Robertson Parkway
12th Floor Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, TN 37243-0377


Step 8: Upload your completed application form (from Step 5) to the "Out of State Attachments" section of your TNCompass application.