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tennessee technological university

College of Education

Transitional Teaching Licensure
Office of Teacher Education

About the Transitional License

Amanda Roberts
Certification Analyst
Office of Teacher Education
College of Education
Tennessee Tech University
Box 5092
Cookeville TN 38505
Fax: 931-372-6286

Candidates who are interested in partnering with Tennessee Technological University to complete the Transitional License program must meet the following initial requirements to be considered for the program:

  • Provide an "intent to hire" letter from a school system.
  • Evidence of content knowledge. Evidence of content knowledge may be proven in one of the following three ways:
    • A completed Bachelors or advanced degree in the content area involved.
    • An official college transcript with evidence of a minimum of 24 hours in the specific content area.
    • Score report showing a passing score on the content area Praxis II test(s) for the endorsement area.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5.

Candidates should submit a transcript analysis request and official transcripts to the TTU Office of Teacher Education and request their school system send the "intent to hire" letter. Candidate should mail their materials to:

Tennessee Tech University

Office of Teacher Education

Attn: Amanda Roberts

Box 5092

Cookeville, TN 38505

Transitional License Expiration & Renewal

  • Transitional licenses expire on June 30th of each year and must be renewed for the candidate to continue in the program.
  • Transitional licenses may be renewed up to 2 times.
  • It is the candidate’s responsibility to submit the documents for renewal each year.

Requirements to be Eligible for Renewal of the Transitional License

  • First Renewal
    • Successful completion of all Orientation Courses.
    • Continued employment under the transitional license.
  • Second Renewal
    • Successful completion of at least 6 hours of coursework, unless all coursework has previously been completed.
    • Passing scores on Specialty Praxis II exams for the endorsement the candidate is working toward.
    • Continued employment under the Transitional License.

Advancement to an Apprentice Teaching License

  • Successful completion of all required coursework.
  • Passing scores on the Principals of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Praxis exam.