Become a Teacher in Tennessee

Tennessee history boasts many famous figures, from pioneers to presidents, and Davy Crockett to Dolly Parton. (1) But it's fair to argue that the unsung heroes of Tennessee include its legions of teachers, who have the responsibility of educating nearly a million students in 1,764 elementary and secondary schools. (2) Of course, being able to get those students excited about their local history is just one of many reasons to become a teacher in Tennessee.

Tennessee teachers receive a full range of benefits in addition to their average annual salary of $47,563 (2013-14 data). Besides their competitive compensation, educators teaching in Tennessee have further reason to be excited: the state was selected to receive federal Race-to-the-Top funding, which will enable Tennessee to make sweeping improvements to its public education system—including recruiting, developing and rewarding great teachers and administrators.

Future Tennessee Teachers

Job prospects are hot if you're planning to become a teacher in Tennessee. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects very high growth in the Educational Services sector from 2006 to 2016, and the top-ranked job for those with a bachelor's degree is elementary school teacher. (3) To start teaching in Tennessee, you'll need to complete a bachelor's degree, an approved teacher training program and the appropriate Praxis tests.

Current Tennessee Teachers and School Administrators

When you first become a teacher in Tennessee, you will most likely start out with an Apprentice Teacher License. Once you've gotten three years of teaching experience, you may be eligible to advance to the Professional License. School administrators normally need to work two years with a Beginning Administrator License before advancing to the Professional level.

Tennessee Teachers in Demand

There are number of incentives in place to attract teachers to Tennessee. Even for those without a degree in education, programs exist to get you on the fast track to becoming a teacher. Teach Tennessee provides accelerated teacher certification programs for those willing to teach in high-need subject areas, and the federal government also provides some loan forgiveness options for would-be teachers.

Ready to get started? Teacher World can help you find accredited teacher training programs near you or online. Take the first step today by requesting information from the schools below that best meet your needs, and become a teacher in Tennessee.

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Education, unless otherwise indicated
(1) Tennessee Vacation: "Remarkable Tennesseans"
(2) National Center for Education Statistics
(3) Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

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Capella University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Educational Leadership & Management (Online)
  • EdD in Reading and Literacy (Online)
  • EdS in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • EdS in Leadership in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Adult Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership and Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Instructional Design for Online Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Integrative Studies (Online)
  • Master of Science in K-12 Studies in Education (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Leadership in Educational Administration (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Reading and Literacy (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Training and Performance Improvement (Online)
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning (Online)
  • PhD in K-12 Studies in Education (Online)
  • PhD in Leadership for Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Leadership in Educational Administration (Online)
  • PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Professional Studies in Education (Online)
  • PhD in Special Education Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Training and Performance Improvement (Online)
  • Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Development (Online)
  • EdD in Adult Education (Online)
  • EdD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Science in English Language Learning and Teaching (Online)

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Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed. in Special Education with Credential (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Science (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - Math (Online)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - K-12 Leadership (Online)
  • M.A. in Teaching - Professional Learning Communities (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Reading - Elementary Education (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Reading - Secondary Education (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Technology (Does not lead to teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education - Certified Special Educators (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Online)
  • B.A. in English Literature (Online)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Special Education (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education - Cross-Categorical (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education - Cross-Categorical (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.A. in Christian Studies (Online)
  • B.A. in Christian Studies - Biblical Studies (Online)
  • B.A. in Christian Studies - Youth Ministry (Online)
  • B.A. in History (Online)
  • B.A. in History - Public History (Online)

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Northcentral University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Adult Learning and Workforce Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Athletic Coaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - General Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - International Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Special Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - General Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - International Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Special Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Curriculum and Teacher (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - International Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Special Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • PhD in Education - E-Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - English Second Language (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Special Education (Online)

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Keiser University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Graduate Certificate in Career College Administration (Online)
  • Joint Master of Science in Education and Master of Business Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Allied Health Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - College Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Online Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Teaching & Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • PhD in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)

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Pacific Oaks College

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
  • M.A. Early Childhood Education
  • M.A. Human Development
  • B.A. Early Childhood Education

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Brandman University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Authorization, Early Childhood Special Education (Online)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (Added Authorization) (Online)
  • BA in Applied Studies (Online)
  • BA in Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • BA in Liberal Studies (Multiple Subject Teaching) (Online)
  • Credential (Administrative Services tier 1) (Online)
  • Credential (Administrative Services tier 2) (Online)
  • MA in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) (Online)
  • MA in Education (Educational Leadership) (Online)
  • MA in Education (Instructional Technology 21st Century Learner) (Online)
  • MA in Education (Instructional Technology emphasis in Leadership and Instructional Design) (Online)
  • MA in Education (Leadership in Early Childhood Education) (Online)
  • MA in Education (Teaching and Learning) (Online)
  • MA in Educational Leadership & Administration (Online)
  • MA in Educational Leadership (Professional Learning Community) (Online)
  • MA in Special Education, Option II (Online)

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University of Dayton

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MS in Higher Education - Educational Assessment and Evaluation
  • BS in Early Childhood Development
  • BSPY - Child Development
  • BS in Liberal Studies
  • MS in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership
  • MS in Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning
  • MS in Higher Education - Online College Teaching
  • MS in Higher Education - Student Affairs
  • Master of Science in Health Education

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Adult Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Early Childhood Studies (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Education (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development (Online)
  • Teacher Preparation Program with Master of Arts in Teaching (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Course-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Mixed-Model) (Online)
  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

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Post University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Instructional Design & Technology (Online)
  • Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (Online)
  • Master of Education - Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Education - Teaching and Learning (Online)

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American InterContinental University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MEd - Adult Education and Training (Online)
  • MEd - Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • MEd - Instructional Design (Online)
  • MEd - Leadership of Educational Organizations (Online)

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Ohio Christian University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry - Biblical Studies
  • Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry - Pastoral Ministry
  • Associate of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Ministry - Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Ministry - Practical Theology

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United States University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MA in Education - Administration and Leadership (Online)
  • MA in Education - Early Childhood Development (Online)
  • MA in Education - Higher Education Administration (Online)
  • MA in Education - Special Education (Online)

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Full Sail University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

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Antioch University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Individualized Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Literature and Creative Writing Concentration

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education

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Western Governors University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) (Online)
  • B.A. Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Biological Science) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Chemistry) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Geosciences) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Physics) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-9) (Online)
  • B.A. Special Education (Online)
  • Endorsement Prep Program in ELL (PK-12) (Online)
  • Endorsement Preparation Program in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.A. English Language Learning (PK-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Mathematics Education (K-6, 5-9, or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Biological Science) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Chemistry) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Geosciences) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Physics) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-9) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching (K-8)
  • M.A. Teaching --Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching --Science (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching --Social Science (5-12) (Online)
  • M.Ed. Instructional Design (Online)
  • M.Ed. Learning and Technology (Online)
  • M.S. Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • M.S. Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.S. Special Education (K-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm (K-8) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Math (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Science (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Social Science (5-12) (Online)

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Our Lady of the Lake University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Special Education (Online)

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Concordia University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed in Career and Technical Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Adolescent Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Bible Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Career and Technical Education Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ECE (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ESOL (K-Adult) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - English Language Development (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Environmental Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Equity, Ethics, and Justice
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Methods & Curriculum (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Science (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Social Studies (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Teacher Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - eLearning/Technology Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Special Education - Non Endorsement (Online)
  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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Purdue University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education in Special Education

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South University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Ministry (Online)

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Saint Joseph's University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Graduate Certificate Instructional Technology Specialist (Online)
  • MS in Education of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing w/PA Hearing Impaired K-12 (Online)
  • Master of Science in Special Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Special Education (with Wilson Reading Certification) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Special Education with Autism spectrum Disorders' Endorsement (Online)
  • Online Accelerated Teacher Certification (Online)
  • Pennsylvania Hearing Impaired K-12 Certification (Online)
  • Special Education Certification (Online)

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American University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Online)

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Graceland University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MEd in Mild/Moderate Special Education with Licensure (Online)
  • MEd in Technology Integration (Online)
  • Master of Education in Differentiated Instruction (Online)

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Nova Southeastern University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning with a Curriculum & Instruction Specialization
  • Master of Science in Educational Administration & Leadership

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Saint Mary's University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology

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*Teacher Salary Information For 2014—2015

Median Elementary School Teacher Salary: $53,090 Median Middle School Teacher Salary: $53,430 Median High School Teacher Salary: $55,050 Average Administrator Salary: $87,760 Median Elementary, Middle and High School Principals: $87,760
On average, teachers with masters degrees will earn $8,000 to $10,000 more each year than those with only a bachelors degree.

Consequently, in order to attain a position as an administrator, a masters, PhD or Ed D. is required.

On average, Administrators will earn around $30,000 more each year than their hard working, teacher cohorts!

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook