Advance a License

Educators may advance their licenses when specific criteria are met. Select the type of advancement you are interested in for more information.

Administrator License

Beginning Administrator to Professional Administrator

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.

Download the advancement application.

Teacher Licenses

Apprentice to Professional

Public School Educators

An educator with an apprentice level license who is employed in Tennessee becomes eligible to advance to the professional level license upon recommendation by the employing school system. Guidelines for licensure advancement are as follows:

  1. The educator must be evaluated by a school administrator who has completed "training on an evaluation instrument currently approved by the State Board of Education." 
  2. The educator must currently be employed for a minimum of 5 months, hold a valid apprentice level license, and have a total of three years (minimum of 25 months) of verified acceptable experience. Download an experience verification form or download an explanation of what constitutes acceptable experience in Tennessee.
  3. The educator's current assignment must match an endorsement area on his/her valid apprentice level license.
  4. Educator is not eligible for advancement if issued an Alternative or Interim License, Permit, or Waiver in the school year in which advancement is requested.
  5. Licensure advancement forms (both positive and negative recommendation) must be submitted from the local school district to the Office of Educator Licensing for the school year in which the advancement is requested. Local school systems can download Advancement to Professional License form.

Educators may not submit the licensure advancement application themselves. Applications may only be submitted by the employing Tennessee school system.

Non-Public School Educators

Licensed educators employed in categories one, two, three, and 1SP of state approved non-public schools are eligible for advancement to the professional level license. Advancement is required for licensed educators in category one and 1SP and is optional for those in category two and three schools. Guidelines for licensure advancement are as follows:

  1. The educator must be evaluated by a school administrator who has completed the "training on an evaluation instrument currently approved by the State Board of Education." 
  2. The educator must currently be employed for a minimum of 5 months, hold a valid apprentice level license, and have a total of three years (minimum of 25 months) of verified acceptable experience . Download an experience verification formor download an explanation of what constitutes acceptable experience in Tennessee.
  3. The educator's current assignment must match an endorsement area on his/her valid apprentice level license.
  4. Educator is not eligible for advancement if issued an Alternative or Interim License, Permit, or Waiver in the school year in which advancement is requested.
  5. Licensure advancement forms (both positive and negative recommendation) must be submitted to the Office of Educator Licensing for the school year in which the advancement is requested. Download the Advancement to Professional Licenseform.

Please note that licensed educators in category four and category five non-public schools are not eligible for licensure advancement.

Transitional to Apprentice/Professional Teacher

Applications must be signed and submitted to the Office of Educator Licensing by the Director of Schools verifying the following:

  1. Verification of completion of professional core by college/university.
  2. Praxis scores must be submitted by Designated Institution Report or submitted directly from ETS.
  3. All transcripts that have not previously been submitted must be submitted.
  4. Tennessee program completers - Verification of minimum of one year successful teaching experience for Apprentice License (local evaluation on file with school system) OR
  5. Out of State program completers - Verification of two years successful teaching experience for Apprentice License (local evaluation on file with school system) OR
  6. Verification of three years successful teaching experience for Professional License (local evaluation on file with school system).

Local school systems can download the Advancement to Apprentice License Form.

Educators may not submit the licensure advancement application themselves. Applications may only be submitted by the employing Tennessee school system.

If you previously held an Alternative A, C, E, Type I or Type II, please contact the Office of Educator Licensing for information.

Out-of-State to Professional

Public School Educators

An educator with an out-of-state license who is employed in Tennessee becomes eligible to advance to the professional level license upon recommendation by the employing school system. Guidelines for licensure advancement are as follows:

  1. The educator must be evaluated by a school administrator who has completed "training on an evaluation instrument currently approved by the State Board of Education." 
  2. The educator must currently be employed for a minimum of 5 months, hold a valid out-of-state license, and have a total of three years (minimum of 25 months) of verified acceptable experience. Download an experience verification formor download an explanation of what constitutes acceptable experience in Tennessee.
  3. The educator's current assignment must match an endorsement area on his/her valid out-of-state license.
  4. Educator is not eligible for advancement if issued an Alternative or Interim License, Permit, or Waiver in the school year in which advancement is requested.
  5. Licensure advancement forms (both positive and negative recommendation) must be submitted from the local school district to the CORE Centers for the school year in which the advancement is requested. Local school systems can download Advancement to Professional License form.

Educators may not submit the licensure advancement application themselves. Applications may only be submitted by the employing Tennessee school system.

Non-Public School Educators

Licensed educators employed in categories one, two, three, and 1SP of state approved non-public schools are eligible for advancement to the professional level license. Advancement is required for licensed educators in category one and seven schools and is optional for those in category two and three schools. Guidelines for licensure advancement are as follows:

  1. The educator must be evaluated by a school administrator who has completed the "training on an evaluation instrument currently approved by the State Board of Education." 
  2. The educator must currently be employed for a minimum of 5 months, hold a valid apprentice level license, and have a total of three years (minimum of 25 months) of verified acceptable experience. Download an experience verification form or download an explanation of what constitutes acceptable experience in Tennessee.
  3. The educator's current assignment must match an endorsement area on his/her valid apprentice level license.
  4. Educator is not eligible for advancement if issued an Alternative or Interim License, Permit, or Waiver in the school year in which advancement is requested.
  5. Licensure advancement forms (both positive and negative recommendation) must be submitted to the Office of Educator Licensing for the school year in which the advancement is requested. Download the Advancement to Professional License form.

Please note that licensed educators in category four and category five non-public schools are not eligible for licensure advancement.

Interim B License to Full

To advance from the Interim B License to full licensure, you must complete the application and submit evidence verifying that you have passed all testing requirements for endorsement area(s) desired.  

Download the Advancement Form

Designated Institution Score Reports can be submitted by the college/university or scores sent directly through Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the Office of Teacher Licensing. View a complete listing of all tests required.

Apprentice Occupational to Professional Occupational

To advance to the Professional Occupational Education License (valid for ten years), an approved university must evaluate your knowledge and skills to determine what specific coursework will be required for advancement. You should schedule this evaluation as soon as you receive the Apprentice Occupational Education License in order to complete the required coursework within the three year period that the apprentice license is valid.  After completing all requirements, you must submit the completed advancement application and the teacher evaluations form to the Office of Educator Licensing. 

School Personnel

Apprentice Special Group to Professional School Service

Public School Educators

An educator with an apprentice level license who is employed in Tennessee becomes eligible to advance to the professional level license upon recommendation by the employing school system. Guidelines for licensure advancement are as follows:

  1. The educator must be evaluated by a school administrator who has completed "training on an evaluation instrument currently approved by the State Board of Education." 
  2. The educator must currently be employed for a minimum of 5 months, hold a valid apprentice level license, and have a total of three years (minimum of 25 months) of verified acceptable experience. Download an experience verification formor download an explanation of what constitutes acceptable experience in Tennessee.
  3. The educator's current assignment must match an endorsement area on his/her valid apprentice level license.
  4. Educator is not eligible for advancement if issued an Alternative or Interim License, Permit, or Waiver in the school year in which advancement is requested.
  5. Licensure advancement forms (both positive and negative recommendation) must be submitted from the local school district to the CORE Centers for the school year in which the advancement is requested. Local school systems can download Advancement to Professional Licenseform.

Educators may not submit the licensure advancement application themselves. Applications may only be submitted by the employing Tennessee school system.

Non-Public School Educators

Licensed educators employed in categories one, two, three, and 1SP of state approved non-public schools are eligible for advancement to the professional level license. Advancement is required for licensed educators in category one and seven schools and is optional for those in category two and three schools. Guidelines for licensure advancement are as follows:

  1. The educator must be evaluated by a school administrator who has completed the "training on an evaluation instrument currently approved by the State Board of Education." 
  2. The educator must currently be employed for a minimum of 5 months, hold a valid apprentice level license, and have a total of three years (minimum of 25 months) of verified acceptable experience . Download an experience verification formor download an explanation of what constitutes acceptable experience in Tennessee.
  3. The educator's current assignment must match an endorsement area on his/her valid apprentice level license.
  4. Educator is not eligible for advancement if issued an Alternative or Interim License, Permit, or Waiver in the school year in which advancement is requested.
  5. Licensure advancement forms (both positive and negative recommendation) must be submitted to the Office of Educator Licensing for the school year in which the advancement is requested. Download the Advancement to Professional Licenseform.

Please note that licensed educators in category four and category five non-public schools are not eligible for licensure advancement.

License Application Status

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Last Update: June 5, 2014