Alternate Route teachers in Tennessee work on a Transitional license, which is applied for on your behalf by the unified district once you have an offer of employment. Transitional license holders MUST:
- Be highly qualified by having a major, 24 credit hours, or by passing the Praxis II in the subject area you wish to teach. Please note: passing the Praxis I is not required to teach with the unified district.
- Enroll in a state-approved Teacher Education Program (see listing below).
- Demonstrate satisfactory annual progress toward completion of all licensure requirements to renew the license including 6 credit hours in a Teacher Education Program, 100 mentoring hours, and a letter of eligibility from your program/university stating that you have met all requirements to date.
Teachers may teach on a Transitional license no more than three years.
The following area colleges and universities offer Teacher Education Programs (TEP). Please research each potential school’s tuition, course of study and requirements before enrolling. Taking and passing the Praxis I pre-skills exams may be required for admission to some TEPs.
Christian Brothers University
The University of Memphis
University of Tennessee-Martin