Alternative Certification Requirements
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You must have a bachelor’s degree and meet one of the following requirements:
- Have a major in an endorsement/content area
- Have completed at least 24 semester hours in the content area
- Pass the Praxis II exam for that content area (see below)
A list of acceptable majors for a Transitional License can be found here.
If you do not meet the major or semester hour educational requirements (above), you must pass the Praxis II exam for your content area.
Criminal History Background Check
Before being authorized to work under a Transitional License at a Tennessee school, you must submit to a criminal history background check and fingerprinting. Cogent Systems provides fingerprinting services for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), who sends the results of your report to the Tennessee Department of Education. You are responsible for all costs associated with this process. It may take as long as four weeks for your background check to clear before you may legally begin teaching in a Tennessee school.
Cooperating Tennessee school systems who work with those with Transitional Licenses may be found here.