Transitional License (Alternative) (TN)

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Transitional License (Alternative) (TN)

Candidates who have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college/university are eligible to apply for an alternative license (i.e., Transitional License) if they have been offered employment by an approved Tennessee public or non-public school.
License Valid for 1 year
Employment: 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:

The Transitional license is issued at the request of a superintendent/director of schools for an educator who will be
employed while completing licensure requirements. The license is issued for one school year at a time and may only
be renewed two times for a maximum of three years

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

GPA: 2.75

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

Required GPA – 2.75


3.0 in last 60 hours of undergrad studies.

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

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

Candidates must verify teaching Content Language by one of the following:
1. Completion of an academic major in teaching the Content Language
2. Documentation of at least 24 semester hours in teaching the Content Language
3. Successful completion of Praxis II (Content Language)

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: School District
Form at:
Form Mailing Address:
Tennessee Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensing
710 James Robertson Parkway
12th Floor Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, TN 37243

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment
Confirmation of Mentor

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Varies by District

Renewal: Renewable

A Practitioner License is issued at the request of the superintendent/director of a Tennessee school system to an individual who is employed while still completing specific licensure requirements.
All persons wishing to enter approved teacher programs in Tennessee shall be required to submit to a criminal history background check. Contact the teacher program for information and pricing.
To obtain the Professional Teacher License:
1) Verification of completion of professional core by college/university;
2) Successful completion of Praxis II content examination/ACTFL OPI & WPT, and PLT;
3) All transcripts that have not previously been submitted;
4) Verification of minimum of one year successful teaching experience.


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

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