Tennessee Educator
Preparation Program

Apply today and begin your journey to the classroom in Tennessee.

The Road to Teacher Certification in
Tennessee is Simple

Our Tennessee educator preparation program allows you to become a teacher without a traditional education degree. If you already hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become an educator, we can help you achieve your dream. Start your teaching career with full pay in as little as eight weeks through our accredited program.

  • Apply and Enroll
  • Train and Prepare
  • Teach with Full Pay
  • Get Licensed

Apply and Enroll

1-2 Weeks on Average

Apply online- it only takes a few minutes and is free!

Train and Prepare

8-12 Weeks on Average

Once you enroll, complete the following requirements to start teaching in the classroom.

Teach with Full Pay

1 Year

You will complete a one-year (two-semester) paid residency/ field experience where you will be employed full-time as a teacher in your content field. In this position, you receive the salary and benefits of a first-year teacher.

Get Licensed

2-4 Weeks on Average

  • Submit official university transcripts that include your graduating GPA
  • Complete Introductory Course 5000
  • Pay your $250 enrollment fee
  • Acknowledge your Letter of Agreement
Pass your Content Exam(s)
  • Please refer to the ETS Praxis test overview for Tennessee here to identify the Praxis II, content test, that you will be required to take and pass for state licensure.
  • We know testing can be stressful, but we have been there and are here to help you with free test preparation resources.
Set up your Payment Plan
Once everything is complete, your Intent to Hire will become available on your InstructNET page.
Prepare for Your Residency
  • You must secure your own residency/field experience position through a district application and interview process. 
  • Check out our teacher job board to find opportunities near you with iteach partner districts.
Supervision and Mentoring During Residency

During the residency/ field experience, you will be assigned a highly experienced supervisor who will visit your classroom periodically, offer guidance and support, and work closely with the campus administration to ensure you are successful.

Complete Coursework
  • TCTN 5100 – Learning Environments
  • TCTN 5200 – Learner Development
  • TCTN 5300 – Planning Instruction and Assessments
  • TCTN 5400 – Literacy and 21st Century Instruction
  • TCTN 5500 – Learner Differences and Special Needs
  • TCTN 5600 – Diverse Populations, English Language Learners and Bilingual
  • Successfully complete your field experience
  • Pass required Praxis test for licensure
  • Pay your iteach program fee in full

    Tennessee Program
    Admission Requirements

    Take the first step to acceptance into our training program. Here are our admission requirements:

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    Bachelor's Degree

    Your degree must be from an accredited college or university.

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    Minimum 2.75 GPA

    Submit official university transcripts that include your graduating GPA on your official transcripts.

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    Content Area

    iteach can help you get certified for specific subject areas. All teachers must meet specific criteria set by the state of Tennessee to teach a subject. This requirement is often referred to as your “certification area” or your “content area.”

    Contact us about your area of interest and location as each district has different hiring practices.


    Tennessee Pricing

    Our pricing was created with you in mind. $0 to apply. $250 to enroll.

    $0 to Apply

    Complete an online application in just a few minutes and take the first step toward your new teaching career.

    $250 to Enroll

    Once accepted, you pay your $250 enrollment fee and you can immediately begin taking your first course.

    *$4,250 Total Cost

    Pay $0 / month until you start your two-semester field experience. Pay your remaining balance in interest-free installments during your field experience, for which you will receive full pay.

    What You Get:

    • Robust CAEP-certified online courses
    • Onsite 1:1 supervision throughout your teaching residency
    • Opportunity to earn up to 12 graduate credits toward a master's degree
    • Subscription to Teaching Channel’s 1,600 video library showcasing instructional practices
    • Enrollment in innovative test preparation courses to help you pass your state-required exams

    Download the Tennessee
    Alternative Certification Guide

    Need more information about alternative certification in Tennessee?
    Complete the form below, and we will send you all the information you
    need about our program.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    You may apply at any time; iteach enrolls students on a continual basis. 

    No. No matter what bachelor’s degree you have, it’s your subject matter expertise, combined with your successful completion of our program, that makes you eligible to teach.  We’ll teach you what you need to know and do in order to be a successful teacher yourself. 

    Please refer to the ETS Praxis test overview for Tennessee here to identify the Praxis II, content test, that you will be required to take and pass for state licensure.

    No, iteach is not an institution of higher education. Therefore, the program does not qualify for financial aid.

    You can complete all program-required instructional coursework within as little as three months. The entire iteach program, including your teaching residency, is designed to be completed within one school year. However, you have two full school years to find a teaching position as long as you are enrolled in the iteach program. Once hired, you must complete all program requirements during your two-semester field experience.

    What People Are Saying

    Libby, a high school teacher from Texas, talks with ABC News about how iteach allowed her to transition from a career in performing arts to achieving her dream of teaching dance.

    “If I had decided to go back to a college for education, it would have taken me years to finish with multiple student loans and thousands of dollars. Iteach was an affordable way to get into the classroom. I love being a teacher. If anyone had ever considered being a teacher, this is a great opportunity for them.” – Libby Claycomb

    What iTeach Program Graduates Have to Say

    Our ISD Partners

    iteach is preferred certification provider for the following schools:

    Start Your Journey to
    Becoming a Teacher

    Join the 20,000+ teachers who have earned their
    certification through iteach. Begin making a change in your
    life and students’ lives today.

    Service Area A: Teacher Recruitment and Retention

    Forecasting and Planning

    Recruitment Campaigns

    Licensure Programs for Paras and Subs

    Access to our New Teachers Pipeline

    Career Pathing Solutions

    Skill Development Solutions


    Service Area B: Professional Development 

    Video Coaching and Self-Reflection 

    Professional Development Courses 

    New Teacher Programs 

    Teacher Institutes 

    Video Library Subscriptions 


    Service Area C: Student Learning Acceleration 

    Audits, Analysis and Solution Planning 

    RISE Summer School Program 

    Supplemental Curricula 

    Teacher Coaching 

    Institute Courses for Teachers 


    Service Area D: Continuing Education 

    Graduate-Level 1-3-Credit Courses 

    Learning Pathways and Certificates 

    Master’s Degree Programs 

    Doctorate Degree Programs 


    Service Area E: Leadership Solutions 

    Strategic Planning 

    Equity Consulting 

    Leadership Coaching 

    Custom Packages