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To become a certified teacher in Tennessee, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements. Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationmMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
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Step One: Tennessee Prerequisite Coursework
Generally, states require that certified teachers hold, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas; Tennessee, however, has no such requirements, according to its Department of Education.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
The state of Tennessee does not require teaching candidates to submit to a fingerprint clearance or background check to obtain licensure. However, individual schools and/or districts may require applicants to pass a background clearance as part of the hiring process. Contact your local school district to find out more information regarding its fingerprint policies.
The Tennessee Department of Education partnered with Teachers-Teachers.com to provide teaching applicants with a database allowing them to search and apply online for available teaching opportunities within the Tennessee public school system.
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) is one of the largest school districts in the state of Tennessee. MNPS has the same certification requirements as the rest of Tennessee but has a different set of application requirements for teaching within the Nashville public school system. Visit MNPS’s website for information on how to teach in Nashville.
Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: The Tennessee Department of Education requires teaching candidates to complete a period of student teaching, but no mentoring program is mandated for new teachers.