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Types Of Current Licenses And Previously Issued Certificates

Credentials Currently Issued

Interim B Teacher License (66).
A one-year license issued to applicants who meet all licensing requirements but lack minimum qualifying scores on required teacher licensure examinations. Renewable one time.
 
Interim D License for Interns (69).
A one-year license issued to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree and who have been admitted to an approved teacher education program that includes an internship. Renewable two times.
 
Apprentice License (Teacher, Special Group Teacher) (22 and 36).
Initial five-year license issued to applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and an approved program and who have submitted minimum qualifying scores on required teacher licensure examinations. Renewable.
Apprentice Occupational Education License (27).
Initial five-year license issued upon satisfactory completion of issuance requirements. Renewable.
Professional License (03).
A ten-year teaching license issued upon satisfactory performance at the apprentice level and accrual of three years of teaching experience. Renewable.
Professional Occupational Education License (28).
A ten-year teaching license issued upon satisfactory performance at the apprentice level and completion of other issuance requirements including accrual of three years of teaching experience. Renewable.
Out-of-State Teacher License (67).
Initial five-year license issued to applicants with acceptable teaching experience in other states. The applicant must have completed a bachelor’s degree and an approved teacher education program or a program under terms of a signed reciprocal contract with another state and must have submitted minimum qualifying scores on the required teacher licensure examinations. Renewable.
Non-Public School Teacher License (97).
A five-year license issued to persons holding an apprentice or out-of-state license who are employed by a non-public school in Tennessee. The original term of the non-public school teacher license has the same expiration date as the teacher’s existing apprentice or out-of-state license. Renewable.
Professional School Service Personnel License (16).
A ten-year license issued upon satisfactory performance at the apprentice level and accrual of three years of teaching experience. Renewable.
Beginning Administrator A License (17).
Initial five-year license issued to applicants based upon a minimum of a master’s degree, an approved school administration and supervision program, and submittal of minimum qualifying scores on the state required test/assessment for principals, supervisors of instruction, or other school administrators. Renewable.
Beginning Administrator B License (17).
Initial five-year license issued to applicants based upon a minimum of a master’s degree, an approved school administration and supervision program that included an internship, and submittal of minimum qualifying scores on the state required test/assessment for principals, supervisors of instruction, or other school administrators. Renewable.
Professional Administrator License (18).
A ten-year license issued to applicants upon satisfactory performance for a minimum of two years (one year for applicants with approved internship experience) at the beginning administrator level as a principal, supervisor of instruction, or other school administrator position designated by State Board of Education policy to qualify for evaluation and recommendation for this license. Renewable.
JROTC Teacher License (57).
A five-year license issued to active or retired military personnel who seek to serve as junior reserve officers' traning corps (JROTC) teachers, based upon a certification of preparation by the branch of the military approving the teacher placement.  The JROTC teacher license does not entitle an individual to teach courses other than those designated as part of the JROTC program.  No other teaching endorsements may be added to a JROTC license.  JROTC teachers may earn a teaching credential with an endorsement in a content area through a teacher preparation program approved by the state board of education.  Renewable.
International Teacher Exchange License (80).
A three-year license issued to teachers in an international teacher exchange program that meets certain criteria.  Nonrenewable.
Transitional License (79).
A one-year license issued to applicants with a bachelor's degree who have verified knowledge of the teaching content area in accordance with policies of the state board of education and have been admitted to or enrolled in an approved transitional licensure program.  Renewable two (2) times upon satisfactory progress toward completion of the program, consistent with state board of education policies.  Effective no later than school year 2010-2011.  Individuals may teach on a transitional license for a maximum of three (3) years. 
Adjunct License (56).
A one-year license issued to applicants who teach no more than three classes in subject areas of critical shortage as designated by the state board of education who hold a bachelor's degree, have verified knowledge of the teachin content area and have completed a pre-service preparation program approved by the state board of education.  Renewable nine (9) times.
Instructional Leadership License - Aspiring (ILL-A) (81).
Optional five-year license issued to applicants based upon a minimum of a bachelor's degree who are enrolled and participating in an approved instructional leadership program and employed as an assistant principal. Renewable.
Instructional Leadership License - Beginning (ILL-B) (82).
Initial five-year license issued to applicants based upon a minimum of a master's degree, an approved instructional leadership program, submittal of minimum qualifying scores on the state required test/assessment for principals, supervisors of instruction, or other school administrators, a current valid Tennessee teacher license, and a minimum of three successful years of acceptable education work experience.  Renewable.
Instructional Leadership License - Professional (ILL-P) (83).
A five-year license issued to applicants upon satisfactory performance for minimum of two years at the beginning administrator license level as an assistant principal, principal, supervisor of instruction, or other school administrator position designated by the state board of education policy to qualify for evaluation and recommendation under the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards established by the board for this license.  Renewable.
Instructional Leadership License -Exemplary (ILL-E) (84).
Optional either-year license issued to applicant upon satisfactory performance for a minimum of two years at the professional administrator license level as an assistant principal, principal, supervisor of instruction, or other school administrator position designated by the state board of education policy to qualify for evaluation and recommendation under the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards established by the board and approval of evidence and experience by the state department of education appointed leadership council for this license. Renewable.

 

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Credentials Previously Issued

Permanent Professional Elementary Certificate.
A permanent certificate for elementary grades issued prior to 1953. Existing certificates are valid.
Permanent Professional High School Certificate.
A permanent certificate for secondary grades issued prior to 1953. Existing certificates are valid.
Temporary or Emergency Certificate.
A two-year certificate issued prior to 1972 based upon completion of a minimum of two years college training to include at least six quarter hours of professional education. Not renewed after August 31, 1982.
Provisional Certificate.
A five-year certificate issued prior to 1959 based upon completion of a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. This certificate will be converted to a current teacher professional license upon request with verification of experience prior to July 1, 1984.
Standard Certificate.
A ten-year certificate issued prior to 1959 based upon completion of an approved teacher education program of a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and evidence of three years teaching experience. This certificate will be converted to a professional license when renewed.
Advanced Certificate.
A ten-year certificate issued prior to 1959 based upon completion of an approved teacher education program of a minimum of a master’s degree and evidence of three years teaching experience. This certificate will be converted to a current teacher professional license when renewed.
Special Legislation Certificate.
A certificate issued prior to 1959. Existing certificates are valid.
Five-Year Non-Renewable Certificate.
A certificate issued prior to 1959. No longer valid.
Permanent Professional Superintendent Certificate.
A permanent certificate issued prior to 1953. Existing certificates are valid.
Permanent Professional Supervisor Certificate.
A permanent certificate issued prior to 1953. Existing certificates are valid.
Certificate Based Upon High School or Elementary School Examination.
A four-year certificate issued prior to 1953 based upon an examination. No longer valid.
Interim Certificate.
A one-year certificate based upon a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency examination (GED) and a minimum of two years of appropriate employment experience. No longer valid.
Teacher Professional Certificate.
A ten-year certificate issued until July 1, 1984, on the basis of a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and the completion of an approved teacher education program. Existing certificates will be converted to the teacher professional license, upon renewal with evidence of acceptable teaching experience, to the apprentice license with no evidence of acceptable teaching experience or to the out-of-state teacher license with acceptable experience outside of Tennessee.
Trade Shop Certificate.
A five-year certificate issued until July 1, 1984, upon a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency examination (GED) and a minimum of two years of appropriate employment experience. Existing certificates will be converted to the occupational education license upon renewal with evidence of acceptable teaching experience or to the apprentice occupational education license with no evidence of acceptable teaching experience.
Professional School Service Personnel Certificate.
A ten-year certificate issued until July 1, 1984, to applicants who have completed the specific requirements for the various endorsements to this certificate. Existing certificates will be converted to the professional school service personnel license upon renewal with evidence of acceptable experience or to the apprentice special group license with no evidence of acceptable experience.
Non-Career Ladder Certificate.
A five-year certificate issued prior to July 1, 1987, to educators in positions not included in the career ladder program. Existing certificates will be converted to the teacher professional license upon renewal with evidence of acceptable experience or to the apprentice license with no evidence of acceptable experience.
Probationary Certificates (Teacher, Special Group Teacher).
A one-year certificate issued prior to July 1, 1987, on the basis of completion of a bachelor’s degree and an approved program and submittal of minimum qualifying scores on the NTE Core Battery. Existing certificates will be replaced with the apprentice license.
Probationary Trade Shop Certificate.
Initial one-year certificate issued prior to July 1, 1987, upon a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency examination (GED) and a minimum of two years of appropriate employment experience. Existing certificates will be replaced with the apprentice occupational education license.
Out-of-State Temporary Teacher’s Certificate.
Initial two-year certificate issued prior to July 1, 1987, to applicants with acceptable teaching experience in other states. Issued on the basis of completion of a bachelor’s degree and an approved teacher education program and submittal of minimum qualifying scores on the NTE Core Battery. Existing certificates will be replaced with the teacher professional license upon evidence of satisfactory performance during the period of certificate validity. Without such evidence the certificate is not renewable.
Apprentice Certificates (Teacher, Special Group Certificate).
Three-year certificates issued prior to July 1, 1987, upon satisfactory completion of the probationary year. Existing certificates will be replaced with the teacher professional license upon evidence of satisfactory performance during the apprentice period or converted to the apprentice license with no such evidence.
Apprentice Trade Shop Certificate.
Three-year certificate issued upon satisfactory completion of the probationary year and completion of other issuance requirements. Existing certificates will be replaced with the occupational education license upon evidence of satisfactory performance during the apprentice period and completion of other issuance requirements or converted to the apprentice occupational education license with no such evidence.
Interim Provisional Administrator Certificates (Assistant Principal, Principal, Supervisor).
One-year certificates issued to applicants who meet all other requirements for the Provisional Administrator Certificates but lack coursework to gain the endorsement.
Provisional Administrator Certificates (Assistant Principal, Principal, Supervisor).
Three-year certificates issued to new principals, assistant principals, and supervisors after July 1, 1984, based upon completion of endorsement requirements. Non-renewable.
Probationary Licenses (Teacher, Special Group Teacher).
Initial one-year licenses issued to applicants after July 1, 1987, and prior to July 1, 1998, upon a minimum of bachelor’s degree and an approved program and submittal of minimum qualifying scores on the NTE Core Battery and required Specialty Area Test(s). Valid license converted to apprentice license.
Probationary Trade Shop (Occupational Education) License.
Initial one-year license issued after July 1, 1987, and prior to July 1, 1998, upon a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency examination (GED) and a minimum of five years of appropriate employment experience. Valid license converted to apprentice occupational education license.
Apprentice Trade Shop License.
Three-year license issued from July 1, 1984, to July 1, 1987, upon satisfactory completion of the probationary year and completion of other issuance requirements. Replaced by the Apprentice Occupational Education License.
Trade Shop License.
A ten-year license issued from July 1, 1984, to July 1, 1987, upon satisfactory performance at the apprentice level and completion of other issuance requirements including accrual of four years of teaching experience. Replaced by the Occupational Education License.
Career Level I, II, and III Certificates (Teacher, Special Group Teacher).
Issued after July 1, 1984, to applicants who voluntarily elect to be evaluated for these levels on the Career Ladder and complete other issuance requirements. Career Level II and III certificates were issued prior to June 14, 1997. Career Level I certificates will be issued through the 1998-99 school year.
Career Level I, II, and III Trade Shop Certificates.
Certificates issued after July 1, 1984, and prior to June 14, 1997, to applicants who voluntarily elected to be evaluated for these levels of the Career Ladder and completed other issuance requirements. Career Level I Trade Shop Certificates will be issued through the 1998-99 school year.
Career Level I, II, and III Administrator Certificates (Assistant Principal, Principal, Supervisor).
Certificates issued after July 1, 1984, and prior to June 14, 1997, to applicants who voluntarily elected to be evaluated for these levels on the Career Ladder and completed other issuance requirements.
Alternate A Teacher License (62).
A one-year license issued prior to 2007 to applicants with a bachelor’s degree in the teaching field. License renewable two times upon admission to a teacher preparation program and accrual of 6 semester hours with each renewal.
Alternate C Teacher License (68).
A one-year license issued prior to 2007 to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in the teaching or related field and who have completed the pre-service portion of an approved alternative preparation program. Renewable one time.
Alternate E Teacher License (98).
A one-year license issued prior to 2007 to applicants who have a Bachelor's degree in the teaching field or have met knowledge & skills and are eligible to be admitted into a teacher preparation program as defined by an approved teacher education institution or have passed the Praxis Specialty test(s) for the deised area of endorsement. Must complete a minimum of 6 semester hours appropriate credit in Professional Education for first renewal as outlined by the approved teacher education institution. Renewable two times.
Teach Tennessee License (58).
A one-year license issued prior to 2009 to applicants who hold a bachelor's degree, have verified knowledge of the teaching content area and have completed a pre-service preparation program.  Renewable two times upon satisfactory progress toward completion of the professional development requirements of the program.
Emergency Teaching Credential (20).
A one-year credential, effective for only on school year, to be issued to displaced licensed teachers under one of the following circumstances: The Governor declares a state of emergency or declares disaster, an the Commissioner of Education determines the necessity of conferring an emergency credential to displaced persons or a federal state of emergency is declared anywhere in the United States, and the Commissioner of Education determines to necessity of conferring an emergency credential to displaced persons.

 

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