Frequently Asked Questions

Read some of the most common questions and their answers below. If you aren't finding what you're looking for, please contact us.

Can I manage my license online?

The Educator Licensure Information (ELI) site allows educators to submit an application electronically in minutes. ELI also allows educators to review qualifications related to their teaching credentials, education, exams, and previous education employment. Another function of this application allows educators to upload documents that may be required for processing educator credentials.

Any individual who currently holds or who has ever held a valid Tennessee teaching license can do the following using the online application:

  • View all current data on record in the Office of Educator Licensing
  • Change demographic data such as address and phone number
  • Apply for a license renewal
  • Apply for a name change
  • Apply to add an additional endorsement(s) to a valid license

Online Licensing Application

We requests that you update your personal information to include phone numbers and email addresses. This information is how we will contact you if there is ever a question about an application or to notify you when a license request has been completed.

Where can I find licensure application forms?

All licensure applications are available for download on this web site. Be sure to submit the most current forms to ensure meeting current requirements. Check Licensure Forms for specific applications needed.

How do I know if I am "highly qualified"?

The Office of Educator Licensing is not responsible for determining an educator's Highly Qualified Status. Tennessee educators are advised to contact the personnel office of the local school system where they are employed for information on this matter. Check the Highly Qualified Plan for additional information.

Will I receive a paper copy of my license?

In an effort to deliver improved customer service and reduced costs, the Office of Educator Licensing stopped printing paper licenses on July 1, 2012. This change does not affect how an educator applies for licensing or how LEAs verify licenses.

Educators should be sure to provide a current email address either on the application submitted and update their personal information on the Educator Licensure Information site. While educators no longer receive a paper copy of the license, they will receive email notification and instructions on how to retrieve license information when the transaction is completed. In addition, educators who wish to obtain a printer-friendly version of a license may use the public search option of the Educator Licensure Information page.

What are your office hours?

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm CDT

Office of Educator Licensing

Tennessee Department of Education

12th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower

710 James Robertson Parkway

Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: (615) 532-4885

Fax: (615) 532-7858

Alt Fax: (615) 532-7858

Last Update: August 7, 2014