Tennessee Teacher Education and Career Information
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From Johnson City to Memphis and other cities and towns across the state, find out why Tennessee is a great place to become a teacher. Enjoy its southern charm and the laid-back pace of life. Share your love of math, science, history—or any other specialty—and renew your commitment to each year’s new students.
Keep reading to learn about teaching in Tennessee, teacher certification and salaries.
The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) values the quality education it provides to its students. That is why it has developed the following teacher certification requirements. If you want to become a Tennessee teacher, read the following requirements to see if you qualify.
- Complete a teacher-preparation program in your area of interest at an approved school.
- Successfully finish your student teaching.
- Take and pass the appropriate PRAXIS exams.
- Get recommended for teacher certification by the Dean of Education and the Certification Office at your college or university.
Alternative Teacher Certification
There are two routes to alternative teacher licensing in Tennessee that are meant to streamline the process for recruiting qualified individuals. Both types of alternative licenses require mentoring, professional development and a performance assessment.
For a Type I alternative teacher license, you must meet the following requirements:
- Have at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and meet content knowledge requirements.
- Get admitted to an approved Type I licensure program, and complete the orientation for the professional education core.
- Obtain an “intent to hire” statement and recommendation for the Type I license from the employing school system.
Type II alternative licenses are for candidates who are late-summer or mid-year hires and were unable to complete the orientation component of the professional education core prior to employment.
- Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and meet the content knowledge requirements.
- They must get an “intent to hire” statement and recommendation for the type II license from a local school system.
- Before the end of the school year, candidates must provide the director of schools with proof that they’ve applied to an approved teacher certification program.
In addition, if you are certified to teach in another state, there are expedited ways to teach in Tennessee. If you think you’d like to become a Tennessee teacher, contact the TDOE for more information.
Secondary School Teacher Salaries
Teachers are well-paid in Tennessee, and they work in cities large and small, and in rural communities across the state. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ current Occupational Outlook Handbook, secondary school teachers in Tennessee make a median salary of $49,770.
If you’d like to share your passion, contribute to the success of kids of every age and make a great salary, teaching might be a great career choice.
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
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