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Administrator Licenses: Beginning and Professional

  • Beginning Level Administrator Licenses
  • Professional Level Administrator Licenses

Administrator License requirements are described below in a step by step guide to provide you with the information needed to meet the minimum requirements. Click on the link below:

Beginning Level Administrator Licenses

The Instructional Leadership License (ILL) is the administrator license issued to an individual who after September 15, 2009 is enrolled in and completes an approved graduate program in school leadership at a college/university with acceptable accreditation, holds a valid Tennessee teacher license, and has a minimum of three years of successful education work experience. Note - See restriction on out of state programs below.

The Beginning Administrator License (BAL) is the administrator license that was issued to an individual who prior to September 15, 2011 has completed an approved graduate program in school administration at a college/university with acceptable accreditation, had at least one year of successful teaching experience, and completed all requirements for the license prior to September 1, 2011. The BAL is no longer issued as an initial license. Educators who hold a BAL license can renew it. After 2015 a BAL license will be converted to the ILL-B license.

Mail the completed application, Praxis Score Reports, and official transcript(s) reflecting the courses required for the Instructional Leadership License - Beginning to the address provided on page 1 of the application. (The signature of the Dean of Education and Certification Officer for the college/university is required on the application form.)

Mailing Address: Office of Teacher Licensing
Tennessee Department of Education
4th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0377

Verification of Application/License Status - You may check the state Educator License Information web site to verify receipt of licensure information. Unless you already know your license number we suggest first using the public search option to locate your license number by only entering your first and last name as listed on the application. Click on the name, the license information will be revealed. If you already hold a license and know your license number you may use the Educator Log in option.

For further information about administrator licensure renewal, advancement, professional development, and evaluation requirements, see the following documents and web pages:

Administrator License Structure Overview

Implementation Questions and Answers

Licensure Transition Plan Guidelines

ILL-B License Renewal Guidelines

Administrator License Advancement

Tennessee Learning Centered Leadership Policy and TILS

Office of Instructional Leadership - TASL

List of Approved Tennessee Leadership Preparation Programs

Tennessee Electronic Learning Center – Instructional Leadership

 

Restriction on Out of State Administrator Licensing Programs

The following text was approved for the "Tennessee Learning Centered Leadership" Policy at the October 29, 2010 State Board of Education meeting:

 " Effective July 1, 2011, no credential shall be issued that allows a person to be employed in a Tennessee public school as an administrator if that person was trained in another state or received training from any type of program not expressly approved by the State Board of Education of Tennessee.

   Those holding or earning administrator credentials from another state issued after July 1, 2011 may be granted  a Tennessee administrator credential if the person seeking the credential has demonstrated at least three years of successful school leadership within the last ten years, OR are recommended directly from a Tennessee Institution of Higher Education (IHE) with an approved leadership program.

   Other states may make application to the State Board of Education (TN) for recognition of their credential in Tennessee.  States making application must show significant alignment to the State Board of Education's 'Learning-Centered Leadership Policy'. 

    Candidates enrolled in an out-of-state program to prepare for administrator licensure in Tennessee prior to January 1, 2011 have until July 1, 2012 to complete the program, licensing tests and apply for a Tennessee 'ILL-B'

Having been approved unanimously by the SBE, this policy change takes effect immediately.

NOTE to Tennessee LEA's: please notify all of your educator's that this policy change has taken place.  It is particularly important to make this clear to any candidates seeking enrollment in "out-of-state"/online preparation programs in school administration.

Point of clarification:  Non-licensure candidates completing advanced degrees in school administration for salary supplement purposes (only) can still use regionally accredited out-of-state/online programs for that purpose.  (After July 1, 2012, they cannot obtain the license, but they can be credited with the degree.)

Administrator advancement and/or renewal requirements are described below in a step by step guide to provide you with the information needed to meet the minimum requirements. Click on the links below:

Professional Level Administrator Licenses

Educators employed as administrators in Tennessee public and accredited non-public schools can advance from the Beginning Administrator License (BAL) and Instructional Leadership License – Beginning (ILL-B), as well as from the Professional Administrator (PAL) and Instructional Leadership License – Professional (ILL-P). Administrators employed in Tennessee public schools must also keep up-to-date with the state mandated Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) requirements.

 

NOTE: Administrator License advancement recommendations and applications cannot be completed and submitted until after June 1st of the school year when advancement requirements are completed. Renewal and/or advancement applications along with attachments should be mailed to the Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) office:

Mailing Address: TASL
Office of Instructional Leadership
Tennessee Department of Education
5th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0375

Verification of Application/License Status - You may check the state Educator License Information web site to verify receipt of licensure information. Unless you already know your license number we suggest first using the public search option to locate your license number by only entering your first and last name as listed on the application. Click on the name, the license information will be revealed. If you already hold a license and know your license number you may use the Educator Log in option.

For further information about administrator licensure renewal, advancement, professional development, and evaluation requirements, see the following documents and web pages:

Administrator License Structure Overview

Implementation Questions and Answers

Licensure Transition Plan Guidelines

ILL-B License Renewal Guidelines

Administrator License Advancement

Tennessee Learning Centered Leadership Policy and TILS

Office of Instructional Leadership - TASL

List of Approved Tennessee Leadership Preparation Programs

Tennessee Electronic Learning Center – Instructional Leadership