Teacher Professional Development in Tennessee


The following information is quoted from the Tennessee Department of Education website.

APPRENTICE, APPRENTICE SPECIAL GROUP OR OUT OF STATE LICENSES

Apprentice, Apprentice Special Group and Out-of-State Teacher Licenses are issued for a five year period. If an educator teaches in a Tennessee public school system for three years on the Apprentice, Apprentice Special Group or Out-of-State Teacher License, and receives a positive local evaluation, he/she will advance to the Professional License without meeting any additional requirements. If the Apprentice, Apprentice Special Group or Out-of-State Teacher License is not used for three years in a Tennessee public school system, it can be renewed every five years by meeting current renewal requirements.
  • All educators holding Apprentice, Apprentice Special Group or Out-of-State Teacher Licenses based on a Bachelor's degree must earn 45 renewal points.
  • All educators holding Apprentice, Apprentice Special Group or Out-of-State Teacher Licenses based on a Master's degree or higher who have not accrued three years of acceptable experience during the five-year validity period of the license (ex: 2003-2008) are required to earn 45 renewal points.
  • All educators holding Apprentice, Apprentice Special Group or Out-of-State Teacher Licenses based upon a Master's degree or higher, and have accrued three years of acceptable experience during the five-year validity period of the license (ex:2003-2008), no renewal points are required, only verification of that experience. If all of the experience has been accrued in Tennessee public schools this form is not needed. If the experience is in a Tennessee private school or out of state school you must submit verification of that experience on the form provided by clicking on the link to the experience verification form. For information on what constitutes acceptable experience in Tennessee click on the information link.

Renewal activities should focus on the goals of the educator that are consistent with those of the school, school system, state, district, or nation and when possible should be planned jointly with the person who conducts the local evaluation for the educator. Activities should focus on goals of the educator for strengthening content, pedagogical, or professional skills, and for remaining current on other educational issues.
Renewal points may be earned in a variety of ways. For example, an educator may choose to earn coursework, or participate in pre-approved professional development activities. Professional development activities can not be part of the state funded in-service days and can not be conducted during days and/or hours for which educators are already being paid by local school systems. (Exception: activities completed on personal/professional days may be usable by Tennessee public school educators). The same activity conducted more than once can only be counted once for renewal purposes for the life of the license. Click to download renewal guidelines and License Renewal Options Table.

ACCEPTABLE COURSE WORK FOR RENEWAL PURPOSES

  • Course work must be completed at a regionally accredited institution.
  • If an educator chooses to renew by taking coursework, academic credit at the undergraduate level must be earned in professional education, a current area of endorsement, in computer science/computer technology, or in foreign language. (Sign language is not considered a foreign language and can only be used if the educator is endorsed in Hearing Impaired) No more than 4 semester hours of course work in professional education can be taken at a 2 year institution in the lifetime of your license.
  • Graduate level coursework may be earned in any area which is clearly related to public education. All coursework must be reflected on an official transcript from an accredited university and submitted to the Office of Teacher Licensing with the renewal application.
  • To obtain more information on acceptable course work click on the link to download renewal guidelines and License Renewal Options Table.

TENNESSEE PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATORS

Educators that hold the Apprentice, Apprentice Special Group or Out of State teacher license and are in a Tennessee public school system, must have all professional development activities being considered for renewal purposes approved in advance by the person responsible for conducting local evaluations. A renewal computation sheet must be completed by educators using professional development activities to renew their license. Each activity should be listed separately to include the name of the activity, the dates attended/presented, and the number of points accrued for a total of 45 renewal points. Part I of the computation sheet must be completed by both the educator and the person who is responsible for conducting your local evaluations. The statements in this section must be attested to by both the educator and the evaluator by initialing the on each line and signed by both. This section is only to be signed by the educator and the evaluator if the educator is employed in a Tennessee public school system at the time of application.

Documentation indicating participation in the renewal activities must be retained at the local school system. This computation sheet needs to be submitted to the Office of Teacher Licensing with the renewal application. Click to download a renewal computation sheet .

NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL OR OUT OF STATE EDUCATORS

Educators that hold the Apprentice, Apprentice Special Group or Out-of State teacher license and are not employed in a Tennessee public school system must attach supporting documentation to the completed computation sheet. The documentation must be authenticated by someone other than the educator and can be as simple as a certificate of attendance/participation. This person verifying educator's attendance/presentation should be an authorized official of the school, the education agency responsible for the activity or college/university employed. The documentation should include the name of the activity, the dates attended/presented, the number or hours in attendance/presentation, and contact information of the signee.
If an individual is not employed at the time or are employed in a non-public school the educator must list all activities on the computation sheet, sign Part II and submit supporting documents for each activity to the Office of Teacher Licensing with renewal application. (No more than 2 pages of documentation per activity)

Click to download an Apprentice or Out-of-State Teacher License renewal application or call (615)532-4885 to request a renewal application be mailed to you.

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