April 18, 2018

Tennessee Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $42,537
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $36,540

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Tennessee schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Tennessee teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Tennessee-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs is available here:
How to Obtain a Tennessee License
For a list of alternative teaching certification programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Tennessee, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site | Praxis 1 Test
You’ll also need to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) portion of the
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test
and one or more of the Praxis II tests in specific subject areas.

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Tennessee has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Tennessee Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Tennessee for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Tennessee State Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Office of Teacher Licensing
Tennessee Department of Education
4th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Or you can call the Office of Teacher Licensing at (615) 532-4885 .
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Tennessee teacher certification process:

Tennessee Department of Education
Teacher Licensing