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 must 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 at the undergraduate level) 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. The College of Education
has very high expectations for both professionalism and performance.
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 Teacher Preparation Program,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 demonstrate they can teach by submitting a successful edTPA, a nationally scored
teacher performance assessment that is modeled after the National Board of Professional
So, why be a University of Memphis Teacher Candidate? Because your program will make
you Ready to Teach Day 1.