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Out-of-State Applicants

Attention: The policies described on this page do not go into effect until September 1, 2015.

Educators applying from out-of-state will apply for a practitioner license. The practitioner license has a 3 year validity period and is renewable 1 time. Educators applying from out-of-state must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have submitted qualifying scores on required content assessments, AND
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or  university, AND
  3. Must have completed an educator preparation program approved for licensure by a state other than Tennessee. To demonstrate evidence of successful completion of an out-of-state program, the applicant must submit:
    • Proof of a full and valid license (comparable to the Tennessee Professional license) from a state with which Tennessee has reciprocity,
      -OR-
    • Recommendation from the out-of-state provider where the educator completed an approved program.  All out-of-state educator preparation programs must meet conditions stipulated in State Board Rule 0520-02-03.