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How to Become a Teacher in Tennessee

Published by Nanni on Tuesday, October 09, 2012

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The average starting salary for a teacher in Tennessee is $32,369 per year. If you want to become a teacher in Tennessee, here are the steps that you need to take in order to make it happen.

The first thing you will need to do is start college. Tennessee requires that a teacher have at least a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university. Having a Masters degree from an accredited college or university may possibly open up more job opportunities and your starting salary may be higher due to your advanced level of education.

In order to become a teacher in Tennessee, you also need a Tennessee teacher license. There are several different licensing options available. Below is a list of the major Tennessee licenses that are available. You can find out the requirements of each license at the Tennessee Department of Education website.
  • Administrator Licenses
  • Alternative Teacher Licenses
  • Apprentice Teacher Licenses
  • Interim Teacher Licenses
  • Occupational Education Licenses
  • Out-of-State Teacher Licenses
  • Professional Teacher Licenses
  • Apprentice Special Group License/Professional School Service Personnel
Choose the location in Tennessee that you want to apply for a teaching position in. There are big cities like Nashville and small town like Erwin spread throughout the state of Tennessee. You may want to visit several different locations in Tennessee to choose where you would prefer to live and teach.

Now it's time to get all of your documentation together, so that you can start applying for teaching positions in Tennessee. You will need your updated resume, school transcripts, references, and any letters of recommendation that you have acquired.

The last step is to start applying to schools that are near the area that you chose. This is the hardest step, because you basically just have to sit back and wait for responses. But be patient and keep sending out your resume and you will eventually find the opportunity that you have worked so hard for.

Becoming a teacher in Tennessee or any state takes a lot of hard work. But the rewards that you will get from helping shape a child's education will make it worth it.

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