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For the most current information about teaching licenses in Tennessee, visit the Department of Education.


Office of Educator Licensure

Tennessee Department of Education 
12th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower 
710 James Robertson Parkway 
Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: (615) 532-4885 
Fax: (615) 532-1448



To apply for a new Tennessee license or take action on a current license, visit TNCompass. First time users will need to create a registered account.  All licensure transactions (e.g., apply, advance, renew, etc.) must be submitted electronically through TNCompass. To have your credentials evaluated for Tennessee licensure eligibility, please submit the desired transaction in TNCompass for review by a licensure specialist. The department no longer accepts paper applications.


New to Education - Learn more about obtaining a Tennessee educator license.


Instructional Leaders - Learn more about obtaining or maintaining an administrator license in Tennessee.


Licensed Educators - Learn more about maintaining or making changes to a current teaching or school services
personnel license.


Out-of-State Educators -  Learn more about obtaining Tennessee license with an out-of-state license or out-of-state program completion.



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