Tennessee Teacher Certification Renewal

Jul 02, 2020

In Tennessee, as with many states, there are multiple types of teacher renewals. In this article, we'll take a look at the main types and see the requirements for each.

Requirements for Teachers in Tennessee

Average Salary for Teachers in Tennessee (2019)* $32,600 (Preschool)
$53,540 (Elementary School)
$53,880 (Middle School)
$55,060 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Any
Testing Requirements None

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


There are two main types of renewals to consider. Do you have a practitioner license or a professional license? The practitioner license is generally given as an initial license, while the professional license can put you in the classroom where you can gain the experience necessary to advance (see next section). Keep in mind that there are many types of teachers in Tennessee, including those who may not have met all requirements prior to gaining a full license. For this reason, you need to understand that you may have already completed some of the practitioner renewal requirements, including completing an educator preparation program (EPP) and passing all certification and knowledge exams by Praxis.

To renew your professional license, which is the most common step when you are a teacher, you need to compete 60 professional development points (PDPs) during the validity period of the license. These PDPs are meant to advance your knowledge and effectiveness in the classroom. PDPs are quite easy to fulfill, as several activities can count toward these. You can take part in several workshops, conferences, or committees to meet the requirements. Some things are worth more than one credit. In fact, one college credit is worth ten PDPs.


To advance from a practitioner to a professional license, you'll need to complete some similar renewal steps. You'll need to finish an EPP and pass all required Praxis exams for your endorsement. On top of this, you must have at least three years of teaching experience behind you. The fourth requirement is that you either complete 30 PDPs during the licensing or you get a recommendation from the director of your school district.

If you are a CTE teacher wanting to advance, you'll also need to prove you have industry certification. Along with that, you must have completed five days of industry training, observed three teachers inside your industry and one in another industry, and had a mentor during the last three years of teaching experience.

Tennessee Teacher Renewal Certification Resources

The link below can help you prepare for the Praxis exams to add endorsements to your license. Feel free to browse the site for professional development ideas as well.

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