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Renew a Teacher License

A Tennessee educator license must be renewed on or before the date of expiration. Educators may apply to renew a license on September 1, one calendar year prior to the date of expiration. For example, an educator who holds a license that expires on August 31, 2017 may apply to renew this license no earlier than September 1, 2016.

Practitioner License

The Practitioner License is valid for three years. If an educator does not meet expectations for advancement to the Professional License, the Practitioner License may be renewed once. In order for the Practitioner License to be renewed, educators must have completed an approved educator preparation program and submitted passing scores on all required assessments.

In order for the Practitioner Occupational License to be renewed, educators must have completed an approved educator preparation program and submit proof of current industry certification, where required by teacher endorsement areas.

Professional License

The Professional License is valid for six years. In order to renew the Professional License, educators must earn 60 Professional Development Points (PDPs).

In order to renew the Professional Occupational License, educators must also submit proof of current industry certification, where required by teacher endorsement areas.

Conversion and Reactivation of Licenses

Educators who hold active license types that are no longer issued (e.g., Apprentice, Transitional, and Interim B) may be converted to the Practitioner License as long as conversion requirements are met. This document provides the information required to convert licenses. Applications for conversion will be posted on this page when they become available.

Educators who hold an inactive license that is no longer issued must also ensure the department has qualifying scores on content assessments that are no more than five years old.

For information about which endorsements educators may apply for when reactivating a license with retired endorsements please see this document.

You must log in to TNCompass for the transactions below:

  • For Reactivation, Renewal or Advancement of an Apprentice or Out of State License
  • For reactivation or Renewal of a Professional license