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To be eligible for a Tennessee teaching license, an individual must:

  • Have an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major, or equivalent,in the subject he/she chooses to teach.
  • Complete the appropriate professional education courses and a two-semester, year-long school-based internship experience.
  • Meet general education guidelines as set by the Tennessee Department of Education for all teachers. This includes, but is not limited to, nine (9) semester hours in communications, eight (8) semester hours in the natural sciences, six (6) to nine (9) semester hours in the humanities, and three (3) semester hours in cultural studies. General education semester credit requirements vary depending on the teaching field chosen by the applicant. Therefore, the number of semester credits required to complete a post-baccalaureate program depends on the applicant’s prior academic course work and the chosen teaching field.

Students may enter the Teacher Education Program as undergraduates and take professional education courses to earn a minor in elementary education, middle school education, or secondary education. Post-baccalaureate students who have not taken education courses may apply as undergraduates and, once admitted, take the required professional education courses and complete the one-year internship. A post-baccalaureate program is available for those whose academic background is assessed and who are deemed eligible for admittance to the Teacher Education

Program and participation in a two-semester internship.

The Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education offers teacher licensure programs in the following areas:

A complete list of initial teacher licensure programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is compiled and maintained by the Office of Advising and Student Services.

Post-baccalaureate Program

The Post-baccalaureate program is a professional teacher education program designed to provide an opportunity for post-baccalaureate students to prepare for careers in teaching.  Following the course work, the licensure candidate will complete a year-long graduate-level internship at a local, public school.  An undergraduate or graduate major in the appropriate academic area is required.  If the student does not have the required major, courses will be recommended to complete the equivalent of a major in the academic area. In addition to the major academic area, general education courses must be completed.  The licensure program concludes with a year-long internship. Completion of the internship experience will earn the applicant twenty-four graduate credits.  Twelve additional graduate credits are required for completion of the Master of Science degree.

Admission Process for the Post-baccalaureate Program