Office of Teacher Licensure
Welcome to the MTSU Office of Teacher Licensure
Our office is located in the College of Education Building (COE on the Campus Map). We are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:30
Initial Licensure Candidates
If you are an undergraduate student, you will be advised by a faculty member in the major leading to the license you seek. Those seeking licensure in early childhood education, elementary education, or special education can find detailed information about your program through the Department of Elementary and Special Education. If you are an undergraduate student who is working toward a license for a subject area in secondary education, you will be advised by both a faculty member in your major subject and a faculty member in the secondary education minor. For information about the secondary education minor, contact the Womack Family Educational Leadership Department.
If you have already obtained a bachelor's degree and intend on pursing an initial teaching license as a post-baccalaureate student at Middle Tennessee State University, you will need to submit a Request for Transcript Analysis form and all transcripts of previous coursework to the MTSU Office of Teacher Licensure. After your materials are reviewed, you will be issued a Program of Study detailing any remaining coursework to be completed to satisfy licensure requirements.
You must apply to MTSU as a graduate domestic non-degree seeking student through the following link: http://www.mtsu.edu/applynow/index.php. Scroll down to Getting Started (New Applicants) and create a Login ID and PIN. Next, click the Graduate Students button, complete an application for Domestic Graduate Student, and then select Non-Degree Seeking. You may choose to take undergraduate or graduate coursework. Please see your advisor if you choose to take graduate course work as a non-degree seeking student.
If you choose to enroll in a College of Education graduate program to pursue a master’s degree, please see Dr. Kyle Butler for the Ed Leadership C& I graduate program, or Dr. Tracey Huddleston for the Elementary ILP program as the application for enrollment would be different than non-degree seeking.
For a current listing of licensure areas offered at MTSU, check the Tennessee Department of Education Office of Teacher Licensing - Educator Preparation website at the Tennessee Department of Education. Please note that as a part of licensure requirements, candidates must submit passing scores on the Praxis II exams specified for Tennessee.
Job-Embedded Practitioner License
MTSU, in conjunction with middle Tennessee school districts, participates in Tennessee's Job-Embedded Practitioner license program. This program offers a separate and distinct path to licensure with different requirements from our regular licensure path. Entry into the program is contingent on a conferred degree, passing score on the Praxis, NES, or ALTA content area exam (if applicable), and an offer of employment as a teacher of record for a school district. Once offered employment, there are three applications that you will need to complete:
- Job-Embedded Eligibility Form
- Enrollment in the University through the College of Graduate Studies https://www.mtsu.edu/graduate/index.php
- Job-Embedded Admission to Teacher Education Application Form https://www.mtsu.edu/education/admission.php#JobEmbedded
For further information, contact Ms. Patti Agnew (Patti.Agnew@mtsu.edu).
Program requirements vary depending on your endorsement. Please follow the program requirements below for the Job-Embedded endorsement for which you are being hired: (then there’s the list of each individual Job-Embedded program requirements document)
Early Childhood Education PreK-3
Elementary K-5 Education
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Middle Grades 6-8
School Speech Language Teacher (SSLT)
Secondary 6-12 and K-12 Education
- Special Education Comprehensive K-12
- Special Education Interventionist K-8
- Special Education Interventionist 6-12
Once an individual has received an initial license, he/she can add endorsements for other subjects to the license. Individuals who would like to add endorsements may submit a Request for Transcript Analysis form and supporting materials to our office as described above. Some endorsements may be added to an initial licenses by a test-only option. Please refer to the Tennessee Department of Education Office of Teacher Licensing - Add an Endorsement for endorsements that may be added by submitting documentation of having passed the appropriate Praxis II Content exam(s).
If you intend on pursing an add-on endorsement in our post-baccalaureate program, you must apply to MTSU as a graduate domestic non-degree seeking student through the following link: http://www.mtsu.edu/applynow/index.php. Scroll down to Getting Started (New Applicants) and create a Login ID and PIN. Next, click the Graduate Students button, complete an application for Domestic Graduate Student, and then select Non-Degree Seeking. You may choose to take undergraduate or graduate coursework. Please see your advisor if you choose to take graduate course work which may be applied towards a graduate degree.
Applying for a License
If you are applying for a license, please complete and submit the Preliminary Application for Tennessee Teaching Licensure along with official transcripts and all applicable Praxis scores. If you have additional questions, please contact the following Licensure Analysts:
Ms. Flora McCullough
Middle Tennessee State University
Office of Teacher Licensure
P. O. Box 14
Murfreesboro, TN 37132