Q. I would like to become a teacher. How do I become licensed?
A. Possible answers to this question dependent upon the pathway that the student would like to take:

1. Complete education courses and requirements at the post-bacc (undergraduate) level.

a. If a student has a bachelor’s degree in the area in which he or she wants to teach, then the student must complete the courses required for an Education Minor in addition to Student Teaching. This Check Sheet is located on the S Drive under Check sheetsà Added Endorsementsà Education Minor. Completion of these courses will still require admission into TEP. Students will need to apply to UTC as post-bacc Teacher Certificate.

These students can contact Jan for initial information about the program and then transferred to the applicable faculty advisor in order to have their transcript evaluated. 

 

b. If the student has an unrelated degree, then the student must complete the degree requirements for the undergraduate program. Because the student already has an undergraduate degree, then the general education requirements will be waived, but NOT the program requirements. This needs to be noted for Early Childhood and Middle Grades programs where many of the program requirements are also general education requirements.

These Check Sheets are located on the website or hard copies are in Jan’s office. The ones located on the website need to be revised to show the 2.75 GPA requirements.

These students can contact Jan for initial information about the program and then transferred to the applicable faculty advisor in order to have their transcript evaluated.

These Check Sheets are located on the S drive for each area of licensure.

No matter what, the student must complete (or be given credit for) the bridging coursework listed on the degree check sheet in order to meet licensure requirements, in addition to the 36hrs of Graduate level courses at UTC. If a student already has graduate credit, courses can count towards the MEd, but the student must still complete 36hrs of graduate courses in order to earn the degree. Credit can be given for undergraduate courses by Grad courses, but not the other way around.

Certification Officer will ask the student for all transcripts. Once received, advisor (see list on the wall above computer) will complete transcript evaluation.

A non-licensed person can be hired to teach on a Transitional License: Temporary license for candidates who possess content knowledge, but have not yet completed a teacher preparation program. A person must teach on a Transitional License for a full year and can be renewed twice (for a total of three years). 

Demonstrate Eligibility to be Hired on a Transitional License:

       Must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a 2.75 Cumulative GPA

       Possess content knowledge:

       Degree in the discipline you wish to teach OR

       Passing scores on all Praxis II tests required for discipline OR

       24hours of coursework in the discipline you wish to teach

       2.75 GPA required in Content Coursework

       Transcripts must be evaluated by Certification Officer in order for Eligibility to be established

       Eligible? Apply for a certified position

       Certification Officer will provide school district with Letter of Eligibility

       Eligibility does not guarantee offer of job

       Completing Licensure Requirements/Program of Study:

       Licensure requirements can be completed at the Post-Bacc/Undergraduate level or the Graduate level (counting towards MEd). This will need to be determined early because the Professional Teaching Experience course, which must be registered for as soon as possible will be undergraduate 4830 or 5960.

       As soon as the student decides on the pathway, he or she will need to apply to UTC through the Undergraduate Admissions Office or apply to the Graduate School. The Graduate School requires that the student submit passing scores on the Praxis I tests. Students who want to complete licensure requirements at the graduate level and use these courses to count towards a MEd can apply as a non-graduate degree seeking student one semester.

       ***Be advised that the MEd requires 36 hours of graduate level course, so if a student starts at the undergraduate level and then transfers to the Graduate level, he or she will need to complete the 36hrs no matter what. There was a graduate student who took one semester of Professional Teaching experience at the undergraduate level, but was admitted into the graduate program. He thought he was done with his MEd when he actually needed 3 more hours at the graduate level.

Often, students will call requesting letters because they are just applying for a job. Letters of Eligibility and Programs of Study are only prepared when requested by school district. Letters of Eligibility should not be given to students, but only sent to the school district and saved in the student’s file. I would save completed letters of eligibility in S drive under the Individual Letters folder.

·       Dr. Johnston serves as the advisor for all transitional license students. They must meet with her in order to be advised. She will not give out advisements over the phone.

1.       Already licensed?

a.       If your current license includes the number ‘7’ you can add additional secondary (those including 7) by the test only option: http://www.state.tn.us/education/lic/current.shtml See adding endorsements. This can be completed by the teacher without the need of the certification office on the State’s website.

b.      If the teacher wants to add a non-secondary endorsement, then they will need to follow the check sheet for the additional endorsement (S:CertsàChecksheetsàAdditional Endorsements

Coursework and passing scores on the Praxis test(s) are required. The Certification Officer must submit the Additional Endorsement application to the state (like initial licenses) with a copy of the Praxis test scores and transcripts showing all coursework needed for the additional endorsement. This might mean that the student will have to have transcripts from other institutions sent to the CO.

2.       Working on initial license?

a.       If your initial license will include the number ‘7’ you can add additional secondary (those including 7) by the test only option: http://www.state.tn.us/education/lic/current.shtml See adding endorsements. This can be completed by the teacher without the need of the certification office on the State’s website. Must be done after the initial license has been approved.

b.      If the teacher wants to add a non-secondary endorsement, then they will need to follow the check sheet for the additional endorsement (S:CertsàChecksheetsàAdditional Endorsements)

Coursework and passing scores on the Praxis test(s) are required. The Certification Officer must submit the Additional Endorsement application to the state (like initial licenses) with a copy of the Praxis test scores and transcripts showing all coursework needed for the additional endorsement.