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 K-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 46 other states which means
if you move you may have little or nothing 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 admitted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Students applying to TEP must pass standardized tests and meet other admission requirements
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 Teacher?
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.
Teaching is giving back. In an era of "it's all about me", classroom teachers have
a different attitude. They have a "it's all about you" when they meet their classes
and work with their students. Teaching is a giving profession. Do you want to give
back and make a difference in the lives of others who need you?
Teaching is a stable profession. In the current economic times, many families and
individuals are being faced with doubt and hardship. The teaching profession tends
to be stable during uncertain times like these. Although school budgets can be diminished,
the students still show up everyday and school districts need concerned caring teachers
to meet them at the door and prepare them for a better life.
The University of Memphis's College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, a nationally
accredited program, is looking at the future of K-12 education. We are currently involved
in redesigning programs to better equip our candidates to meet the needs of the students
they will be teaching and are building partnerships with area school districts so
our candidates can work side-by-side with experienced teachers.
So, why be a teacher? So you can make a difference.