Office of Teacher Education

Feel called to teach?


Your success in becoming a highly effective teacher is our goal. From your approval as a teacher candidate through your student teaching experience and beyond, we're here for you.


Candidates in the Teacher Education Program at TSU achieved a 100% pass rate on the Praxis exams for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017 Academic Years. The Praxis exams, administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification requirements by many states and professional licensing organizations. Additionally, the overall average performance of candidates taking the edTPA, a performance-based assessment administered by Pearson, was 40.2 out of 75.  The 2016 Tennessee Report Card on Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs rated Tennessee State University overall performance a level 3 out of 4.

Teacher Candidate Performance Data 2014-2016

Effective Spring 2016 edTPA cut-score for Undergraduate and Graduate students is 37 requirement for graduation.  Students who achieve an edTPA score of 50 and graduate with honors with a GPA of  3.5 are recommended for the Ready2Teach Scholar designation.


As the connection between your chosen academic specialty and TSU's teacher education program, you can count on the Office of Teacher Education and Student Services to:

  • maintain your records and
  • keep you informed of requirements to meet licensure and retention standards.

Depend on us to collaborate with you to find suitable pre-service field experiences in the Nashville metro area, Sumner County, and elsewhere to provide relevant school-based experiences and clinical practice.

Admission Requirements (Program & Residency)


If you need help to prepare for the PRAXIS Exam contact the Pathfinders Project  

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