Update License Information

Add a Degree

You can add the following degrees to an existing Tennessee teaching license. You must submit with your application official transcripts reflecting the degree and its conferral date. Photocopies are not accepted.

Masters Degree Designation

An individual who holds a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution shall be granted the master's degree designation for salary purposes if the courses taken are functionally related to the area(s) of endorsement on the teaching license held by the individual or if the degree indicates by the nature of the courses that public education was the primary aim.

Masters Degree Plus 30 Designation

An individual who meets the master's degree designation shall be granted the master's degree plus 30 designation for salary purposes upon completion of 30 additional graduate semester hours of credit if the courses taken are functionally related to the area(s) of endorsement on the teaching license held by the individual or if the nature of the courses indicates that public education was the primary aim. Such credit must be earned from an institution that is regionally accredited.

Note: Masters +30 credit hours must reflect educator completion of graduate course work that can be used toward an advanced degree. Professional development courses do not fulfill the requirement for Masters +30 designation.

Education Specialist's Degree Designation

An individual who holds an education specialist degree from a regionally accredited institution shall be granted the Education Specialist's degree designation for salary purposes.

An individual who has earned a terminal professional degree (e.g. Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Jurisprudence, etc.) shall be given credit at the Education Specialist level if the courses taken are functionally related to the area(s) of endorsement on the teaching license held by the individual. The degree must be earned from an institution that is regionally accredited, accredited by the American Bar Association or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, or approved by a branch of state government.

Doctor's Degree Designation

An individual who holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, or Doctor of Arts from a regionally accredited institution shall be granted the doctor's degree designation for salary purposes if the courses taken are functionally related to the area(s) of endorsement on the teaching license held by the individual or if the degree indicates by the nature of the courses that public education was the primary aim.

Regionally Accredited Institutions

 

Change Name or Address

To request a change to your name or address, you have two options:

  1. Download an application to print, complete, and return by mail, or
  2. Use the Educator Licensure Information (ELI) website

For Name Changes

If submitting the paper application you are required to answer the legal questions, sign with new name, and date the application. Check the Name Change box at the bottom of the application and mail to the address at the top of the application.  You are required to attach legal documentation (see below for acceptable types) supporting the name change.

If using the online application process, you will log into your educator license profile, and click on the request name change option.  You will be required to answer the legal questions by checking the appropriate boxes and certify your submission.  You are also required to upload a copy of the legal documentation supporting the name change. 

Acceptable Legal Documentation

Forms of legal documentation accepted by the Office of Educator Licensing are:

  • A photocopy of the notarized/certified marriage license
  • A copy of a divorce decree
  • A copy of the court order that generated the legal change of name.

Social security cards or drivers licenses are not acceptable forms of legal documentation used by the Office of Educator Licensing.

For Address Changes

If submitting the paper application you are required to make the address changes desired, answer the legal questions, sign, and date the application.  Check the Address Change box at the bottom of the application and mail to the address at the top of the application. 

If using the online application process you will need to log into your educator profile. Choose edit your personal information and update all pertinent information (please include current email address). You will be required to answer the legal questions by checking the appropriate boxes and certify your submission. 

Note: No changes can be made to an inactive license. 

Download the application to add a degree to your license.

Important

No changes can be made to an inactive license.

Last Update: June 5, 2014