To become a teacher in Tennessee you must be licensed by the Tennessee Department of Education. The state approves programs and sets requirements for which Tennessee institutions can offer teacher preparation programs. The University of Memphis offers many undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for their initial teacher license in an array
of PreK-12 school subjects.
If you have any interest in becoming a teacher we encourage you to click on the Advising
button to the left to learn more about the programs we offer. You can also call the
front desk of the Office of Teacher Education and Student Support Services at 678-2377
to schedule an appointment to meet with someone who can assist you in obtaining your
The State of Tennessee has reciprocity agreements with many other states which means
if you move you may have little to do to transfer your license. If you go to www.certificationmap.com you can find the licensure requirements of every state and additional information
about salary, reciprocity and other facts associated with being a teacher in the state
you choose to investigate.
Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)
All students seeking initial teacher licensure through the University of Memphis and
the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences must be complete a two step admission process to be accepted fully into the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Students applying to TEP must pass standardized tests and meet other admission requirements
(e.g. 3.0 grade point average for full admission) to prove they have the potential
to be high quality teachers that can pass our degree requirements as well as pass
the state's teacher license requirements.
Why Be A University of Memphis Teacher Candidate?
Being a teacher is the most important job society has to offer: the education of its
young. A teacher experiences life in a way that no other professional can. If you
decide to become a teacher, you will touch the lives of hundreds of people, many of
whom you will cherish and always remember.
The University of Memphis's College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, a nationally
accredited program, is looking at the future of PreK-12 education. We have raised
admission/exit standards, redesigned our curriculum to be practitioner oriented, built
partnerships so our candidates complete their yearlong Residency in the classrooms
of the best teachers and our candidates must complete edTPA, a nationally scored teacher
performance assessment that is modeled after the National Board of Professional Standards.
So, why be a University of Memphis Teacher Candidate? Because your program will make
you Ready to Teach Day 1.