Changes to Licensure Policy in 2015

The Tennessee Department of Education strives to expand students’ access to effective educators. As part of this effort, the Department recommended changes to the current licensure system. On August 16, 2013, the Tennessee State Board of Education adopted the Department’s recommendations. The changes streamline license types, introduce more rigorous entry requirements, and connect licensure to performance data. Additionally, under the new policy, licensure renewal and advancement processes will become far less complex and cumbersome for the educator.  

On January 31, 2014, the Tennessee State Board of Education voted to rescind parts of the new policy related to advancement and renewal criteria. We anticipate that the Board will approve new policy language in the near future. Updates will be posted as soon as they become available.

On June 30, 2014, the Tennessee State Board of Education voted to approve the first reading of a revised rule and policy regarding licensure. On July 25, 2014, the State Board of Education approved this rule and policy on second and final reading. The documents are posted below. Additional information about implementation will be provided soon. 

Additional Information

Educator Licensure Policy Changes Fall 2014

Approved by the State Board of Education

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Last Update: October 21, 2014