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Teacher Licensing

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I renew my Professional teaching license?

The Professional License is valid for six years. In order to renew the Professional License, educators must earn 60 Professional Development Points (PDPs). - See more at:

How many PDPs do I need to renew my license?

Educators must earn 60 Professional Development Points (PDPs).  PDP Quick Facts

How do I advance my Apprentice/Practitioner teaching license?

An educator with an apprentice or practitioner level license who is employed in Tennessee becomes eligible to advance to the professional level license upon recommendation by the employing school system or completing 30 professional development points and must have three years of acceptable experience.  The educator can log in to their TNCompass account to begin the advancement.  For more information, see more at
What do I need to do when I advance a degree?

When an educator completes a higher degree, the university/college must submit the appropriate documentation to the state.  In addition to this  the educator must also submit an official set of transcripts to the Business Office.  Once the educator's license has been updated to include the advanced degree, payroll will set the salary to the appropriate degree level.

How do I add an endorsement?

Information regarding adding an endorsement can be found on the following link:  Adding an Endorsement

When can I renew my Professional License?

A Professional license can be renewed within 1 year prior to the expiration of the license.  The educator must complete the process on TNCompass.

Information regarding teacher licensing can be found by clicking on this link: Tennessee Dept. of Education - Educator Licensing.  

Information regarding the 2015 teacher license changes can be found by clicking on this link:  Changes for Licensure Policy in 2015.