Renew a Teaching License in TN
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How do I keep and renew a teaching license in Tennessee?
Teachers use online professional development and continuing education courses to renew a teaching license in TN. To renew a professional license, an educator must submit 60 professional development points (PDPs). PDPs must be accrued during the validity period of the license. To advance from a practitioner license to professional license, teachers must complete 30 professional development points (PDPs).
What state requirements does a teacher in TN need to meet for renewal?
According to the Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee teachers must take PDPs related to improving educator effectiveness by:
1. Developing content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, or pedagogical content knowledge; or
2. Enhancing educator effectiveness (e.g., world language courses for those working with students
for whom English is a second language, coursework that supports understanding and use of data).
Activities not related to improving educator effectiveness do not qualify for PDPs. This includes training activities such as sessions on blood borne pathogens and suicide prevention. While these training opportunities are highly valuable and often mandated, they do not explicitly focus on educator effectiveness.
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How do I contact the TN Department of Education?
Contact the Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your teaching certificate and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and courses listed on this page are current as of July 1st, 2020 to meet the best information available. State licensing requirements and school district approval processes may change and it is your responsibility as a licensed or certified teacher to know your state certification renewal requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours for renewing a license, licensing and certificate renewal and expired or lapsed certification. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or licensing authority.