TN Certification Requirements and Available Licenses



Early Childhood Education Pk-3

Elementary Education K-5

Special Education Interventionist K-8 & 6-12

Middle Grades Mathematics 6-8


Middle Grades Science 6-8

Economics 6-12

Geography 6-12

Government 6-12

History 6-12

Psychology 9-12

Sociology 9-12

Mathematics 6-12

Biology 6-12

Chemistry 6-12

Earth Science 6-12

Physics 6-12

English 6-12

English as a Second Language Pk-12


Instructional Leadership

Tennessee has the following general requirements for applicants for initial teacher certification who have completed their teacher preparation at an out-of-state institution and do not yet hold a teaching certificate. Educators from out-of-state will apply for a practitioner license. This license has a three year validity period and is renewable one time. Those applying from out-of-state must meet the following criteria:

1. EXAMS: Have submitted qualifying scores on required content assessments. The scores must have been obtained within five years prior to the date that you apply for licensure.

2. DEGREE: Have at least a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university.
Must have completed an educator preparation program approved for licensure by a state other than Tennessee. To demonstrate evidence of successful completion of an out-of-state program, the applicant must submit:


  • Recommendation from the out-of-state provider where the educator completed an approved program. All out-of-state educator preparation programs must meet conditions stipulated in State Board Rule 0520-02-03.

For additional information on certification requirements, see the Tennessee Department of Education website.




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