Out-Of-Country License (Practitioner License) (TN)

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Out-Of-Country License (Practitioner License) (TN)

Applicants seeking licensure must meet all requirements and assessments and have at least completed a teacher program that is equivalent to one in the state.
License Valid for 3 years
Employment: Not Required

State Information
State: Tennessee
Contact Name: Office of Educator Licensing
Contact Phone: 615-532-4885
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website: http://www.tn.gov/education/section/licensing

Non-United States citizens seeking licensure in the State of Tennessee are required to hold a United States social security number.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Prior Certification: Must Hold Current (STATE) Certification

As of 2016, No Basic Skills Exams Required

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program
Student Teaching

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Exams are language specific.

Accept Scores from Out of State

ACTFL OPI and WPT only for Arabic, Greek, Japanese, Russian

Verification of acceptable experience in a Pre K-12 school must be submitted on the Experience Verification Form (if applicable).

Praxis Series II Tests — the need for testing will be determined upon the review of the application. If tests are required applicant will be notified.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Form at: http://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/ed2034_lic-1.pdf
Form Mailing Address:
Tennessee Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensing
710 James Robertson Parkway
12th Floor Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, TN 37243

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Teaching License/Certificate/Credential: Required
Not Accepted

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://langcred.org/resources/transcript-evaluation/?fwp_agency_accepted_by_states=tennessee

Background Check
Varies by District

Renewal: Renewable


Contact the employing school district for information and pricing on required fingerprinting and background check.
Out-of-Country licenses are issued for 5 years. If an applicant teaches in a Tennessee public school system for 3 years on one of these licenses and receives a positive local evaluation, he/she may advanced to the Professional License.

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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