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State Authorization & Professional Licensure Programs

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UT Knoxville conducts research on academic programs that lead to professional licensure. The disclosures contained here are organized by college and indicate, as of April 2021, the states where the University has determined through reasonable, good faith efforts that such programs either:

  • Do meet the applicable professional licensure education requirements;
  • Do not meet the applicable professional licensure education requirements; or
  • Have not been able to be determine if the program meets the applicable professional licensure education requirements.

Please note that the information provided does not guarantee that a particular state’s licensure or certification officials will approve or deny a candidate’s application. These disclosures do not take into consideration changes in state law or regulations that may impact a candidate’s application for licensure that occur after this disclosure has been made.

If you are considering a program that leads to licensure or certification it is strongly recommended that you contact the State’s licensure office  or professional agency to review all requirements imposed by the chosen state.

You should also contact the department and/or program director who oversees the academic program you are interested in for additional information about licensure and certification requirements.

Teaching Licensure Programs

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) is responsible for the coordination of teacher licensure programs for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. All of the professional licensure programs are approved by the Tennessee State Department of Education and are nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates are qualified to apply for licensure in Tennessee. Graduates are also qualified for licensure in many, but not necessarily all, other states and territories. Teaching licensure reciprocity is complicated and states often have additional requirements that must be fulfilled at the time of licensure or within the license renewal cycle when moving to a new state.

For additional information about the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification’s licensure reciprocity/interstate agreement, visit https://www.nasdtec.net/page/Interstate and review the Information for Out of State Applicants.

At this time, it has not been determined if the educational requirements for the following teaching licensure programs will meet requirements in any state other than Tennessee:

Education Major, BS in Education – Elementary Education Concentration

Education Major, BS in Education – Second Language Education Concentration (World Language Education and English as a Second Language Specialization)

Education Major, BS in Education – Elementary Education Concentration (5-Year Internship Specialization)

Education Major, BS in Education – Elementary Education Concentration (Interventionist Special Education Specialization)

MS in Teacher Education (with Professional Internship Concentrations for Initial Licensure)

MS in Teacher Education, Applied Behavioral Analysis Concentration

Additional Programs in CEHHS:

MS in Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics Concentration