Applicants applying for a certified position in Knox County Schools MUST hold a valid TN teaching license with appropriate endorsement. If hired and your TN license is not approved by the beginning of the school year, it will result in termination. 

    Per (49-5-101) Basic requirements: No person shall be employed as principal, teacher or supervisor of any public elementary or high school by any local school district, or receive any pay for such services out of the public school funds of the local school district until the person presents to the director of schools a valid license as prescribed in this part. It is unlawful for any board of education to issue any warrant or check to such persons for services as principal, teacher or supervisor until the person has presented for record a license valid for the term of employment.


    Tennessee Teacher Testing Requirements

    The state of Tennessee requires that all applicants for initial instructional certification achieve passing scores on the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) and Core Academic Skills for Educators exams, as well as the Praxis Subject Assessments appropriate to the subject(s) and grade level(s) to be taught. Note that teacher preparation programs will not recommend a candidate for a license to the Board of Education before these exams are successfully passed. You can determine which tests are applicable to your endorsement area(s) through the Praxis website.

    Quick Links:

    Where do I apply for a TN teaching license? https://www.tn.gov/education/licensing/educator-licensure.html

    Where do I renew my TN teaching license?  https://tdoe.tncompass.org

    Where can I view the TN Educator License Policy?  CHAPTER 0520-02-03 EDUCATOR LICENSURE

    Who can I contact at the Office Educator License?  (615)-532-4885 or Educator.Licensure@TN.gov