How to Become a History Teacher in Tennessee

Jan 02, 2019

To find out how to become a history teacher in Tennessee, you should read this article. We'll look at the education and testing requirements that are necessary for the state's licensure.

History teachers tie the world together by looking at the importance of events and repetition of mistakes. If you're interested in becoming a history teacher in Tennessee, we can help you find out how.

Requirements for History Teachers in Tennessee

Average Salary for Teachers in Tennessee (2017)* $50,060 (Middle School)
$51,390 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field History
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators series, Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching, and Praxis World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education

Tennessee requires prospective students to complete at least 15 weeks of student teaching in a classroom under the tutelage of a licensed teacher. This should be done in two different grade levels, which can work well for a prospective history teacher. By spending time in both a middle school classroom and a high school history classroom, you'll discover which grade level you want to be endorsed in before you go for testing. On top of the teaching practicum, you'll need to complete an educator preparation program (EPP) in conjunction with your bachelor's degree program. Some school may encourage you to complete a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in education or a teaching concentration. Others may offer secondary education bachelor's programs with a focus in teaching history. Check with your school to see which works better for you.

Step 2: Pass Required Exam

In Tennessee, prospective students must complete the Core Academic Skills for Educators assessment series in order to enter an EPP. The Core series has three exams: math, reading, and writing. The series proves your basic knowledge and understanding of these core subjects. The math and reading assessment both include 56 questions to be answered in 85 minutes. The writing exam is a bit longer with 40 multiple-choice questions and two essays in 100 minutes. All these tests are computer delivered. You must earn a passing score of 162 on the writing test, 156 on the reading test, and 150 on the math.

You'll then need to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam. Depending on the grade level you want to teach, the exam will differ a bit in content. Middle school teachers will take the PLT: Grades 5-9 exam, and high school teachers will take the PLT: Grades 7-12. You'll have two hours to complete either exam. Both PLT options include 70 multiple-choice questions and four constructed responses to two case studies. In order to pass the PLT: Grades 5-9, you'll need to get a score of 160, while the high school exam requires a score of 157.

Finally, you'll need to pass the World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge exam. This exam requires a passing score of no less than 157. This exam must be completed in two hours and includes 120 questions on four category areas.

Step 3: Get Fingerprinted

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) will need to run a background check on you prior to licensure. In order to do this, you must register with, pay a fee, make an appointment, and print your confirmation letter. At the appointment, you'll go to the fingerprinting center to have your prints digitally scanned.

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