Advance a License

Educators may advance their licenses when specific criteria are met.

Learn more about experience requirements for licensure advancement.

PDP Requirements for Licensure advancement or Renewal

Teacher Licenses

Practitioner Teacher to Professional Teacher

The Practitioner License may be advanced to the Professional License if advancement expectations are met. In addition to completing an approved educator preparation program and submitting passing scores on required content and literacy assessments, educators must meet the following criteria:

  • Three years of experience,
    AND
  • The recommendation of the Director of Schools -OR- Documentation of 30 Professional Development Points (PDPs)
Practitioner Occupational Teacher to Professional Occupational Teacher

The Practitioner Occupational License may be advanced to the Professional Occupational License if advancement expectations are met. In order to advance, educators must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Three years of experience
  2. The recommendation of the Director of Schools -OR- Documentation of 30 Professional Development Points (PDPs)
  3. Completion of an approved educator preparation program
  4. Attendance during the first year of teaching for a total of five (5) days at new teacher training sponsored by College, Career & Technical Education Division, Department of Education
  5. Four (4) days release time to observe three (3) experienced teachers within their endorsed teaching area and one (1) experienced teacher outside of their teaching area
  6. Assigned teacher mentor during the first three (3) years of teaching
  7. Current/valid Industry Certification where required by teacher endorsement area

Requirements to Advance to a Professional Occupational Educator License Check List

School Personnel

Practitioner to Professional

The Practitioner License may be advanced to the Professional License if advancement expectations are met. In order to advance, educators must meet the following criteria:

  • Three years of experience,
    AND
  • The recommendation of the Director of Schools -OR- Documentation of 30 Professional Development Points (PDPs)

Administrator License

Instructional Leadership License – Beginning (ILL-B) to Instructional Leadership License – Professional (ILL-P)

Educators employed as administrators in Tennessee public and accredited non-public schools can advance from the Instructional Leadership License – Beginning (ILL-B), as well as from the Professional Administrator License (PAL) to the Instructional Leadership License – Professional (ILL-P). Administrators employed in Tennessee public schools must also keep up-to-date with the state mandated Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) requirements.

Download the Administrator License advancement application.