Office of Teacher Education and Student Support Services - College of Education, Health and Human Sciences College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Office of Teacher Education and Student Support Services
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Mary Lanier
Ball Hall 202
(901) 678-4309 (phone)
(901) 678-3814 (fax)


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Teacher Licensure

This office only processes licensure requests for the State of Tennessee. Students who wish to obtain a license from another state must contact the Department of Education for that state. For a list of state by state education agencies, please refer to this webpage.

Initial Teacher License

This office will verify that you have completed all course requirements and passed all required Praxis II exams associated with your teaching area for students who are applying for an initial teaching license in the state of Tennessee.

Undergraduate Students Graduate Students

Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for their teaching license once there bachelor degree has been conferred on their official transcript, they have passed all required PRAXIS exams and have a successful edTPA.

Graduate students are eligible to apply for their teaching license once they have completed all licensure coursework, passed all required PRAXIS exams and have a successful edTPA. Note: Graduate students are not required to complete the master’s program prior to applying for their license.   Graduate students who hold a Transitional license must teach for at least 1 year before applying for their license.  Three years of teaching at a private institution is required before applying for a full license ICL 7993 is required of all graduate candidates seeking an initial license. 

Items Required for Licensure

  • OfficialTranscripts from all colleges and universities from which credit has been earned.  Associated degree transcripts are not required
  • Xerox copy of PRAXIS II test scores which includes the Principles of Learning and Teaching and required specialty area exams (both the first and second page). Students are required to have their test scores sent to The University of Memphis (code #1459) and the Tennessee Department of Education (code # 8190). Your Social Security Number must appear on your score report.
  • Please complete the "Yellow Sheet" and refer to this sheet for instructions on how to complete the "Licensure Application."
  • The "Licensure Application" can be obtained in the Office of Teacher Education and Student Support Services - Ball Hall 202 or from the Tennessee Department of Education. The top portion of the licensure application must be completed and the rest of the application must be left blank.
  • For students using the "In-Lieu of Student Teaching Application" must also submit a "Verification of Work Experience" form from your school district confirming length of service.

Adding An Endorsement To An Existing License

A person who is a licensed teacher in Tennessee and wishes to add another endorsement to the initial license should contact Mary Lanier, Teacher Licensure Coordinator at 901-678-4309 for more information.  A person who is a licensed teacher in Tennessee and wishes to add another endorsement to their initial license should submit the items listed above. It is not necessary for you to resubmit your undergraduate transcript.

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