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In 2010, the Tennessee Department of Education chose to recognize Teach For America as the first non-higher education institution to be granted the right to certify its own teachers. Our corps members are now able to renew their teaching license based solely on their Teach For America professional development experience, and are no longer required to take courses at a university in order to continue teaching. Upon completion of their corps commitment, our teachers are awarded an apprentice license. Please refer to the Tennessee Department of Education Office of Teacher Licensing for more information.
We partner with Christian Brothers University to provide an option to pursue a master's in education. Corps members are able to use their Teach For America experience towards course credits, making it possible to receive a master's degree in only one year of study. Christian Brothers also offers corps members a 25% discount on tuition.
Common Certification Questions
How is teaching certification structured in this state/region?
Certification can be obtained in two years through Teach For America professional development.
Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
Is a master's degree required?
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