Admission Requirements and Forms



Requirements for admission to the TEP include:

  • Minimum GPA - 2.75 Cum
  • Pass CORE Academic Skills of Educators, or ACT, or SAT   (only 1 of the three test is required)
    • ACT  score of 21 (Reading, Writing & Math) (effective 1/14/2019)
    • SAT - score of 1020 (Reading & Mathematics)
    • CORE Academic Skills for Educators (formally Praxis I) scores  Reading - 5712 (156), Writing 5722 (162), and Math (5732 (150)
  • Clear TBI/FBI Security Clearance and Waiver
  • Completed at least 31 semester hours of coursework, including:
    (ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, PSY 2420 (Early Childhood concentration take ECFS 2010), EDCI 2010, plus appropriate sequence of freshman math and science)
  • Two positive recommendations from your content area advisor and a professional educator/professor


Documents for TEP Admission 

2018 - 2019 Handbook


Undergraduate Students:

Summer 2019 Admission - Undergraduate Application

Summer 2019 -  Intent to Enter into Residency I - Fall 2019   

Graduate Students:

Fall 2018 Admission - Post-graduate Application

Fall 2018 -  Student Teaching Application (Spring 2019)

Other Information:

Yearly Requirements Information and Deadlines

Background Check: Instructions and Location , Background Check Waiver, TBI Privacy Act

Praxis/Core Cut-Off Scores as of July 2017            Pathfinder Project - Praxis Preparation Program

Core Appeal (Praxis I) Application Form  

Requirements for Admission to Residency II /Student Teaching include:

  • Completion of Residency I Undergraduates
  • Undergraduates  /  Graduates completion of all courses  prior to Student Teaching   (Policy TN State BOE 5.504)
  • Submit Application and schedule Interview (advisor signature required)
  • Submit Up-to-Date copy of Program of Study  (advisor signature required)
  • Negative TB Skin Test (within 3 months of Residency II/Student Teaching)
  • Minimum GPA - 2.75 Cum
  • Membership in STEA Insurance (must renew each academic year)
  • Pass required PRAXIS II and Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test that are necessary examinations for certification subject area 
  • OPT Out Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) (Signed Contract required and located in TESS Office Clay Hall Room 112)

Tennessee State Board of Education   

Professional Assessment for Tennessee Educators  5.105  revised 9/14/2015

State law and Board rules require individuals applying for initial teacher licensure in Tennessee to submit passing scores on a test that measures professional knowledge and is correlated to Tennessee's Professional education standards.

Beginning January 1, 2019, initial license applicants are required to submit qualifying scores on the appropriate edTPA performance-based (42), subject-specific assessment.  Prior to January 1, 2019, licensure candidates may submit a qualifying score of either the relevant Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment or the edTPA (Qualifying Score 37) through December 31, 2018.  Candidates completing jobs-embedded clinical practice must submit the qualifying score before renewing or advancing the teacher license.   (OPT Out Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Contract Required and located in TESS Office Clay Room 112).                            

TN Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Application Deadline Dates:

Undergraduate Admission & Interview (Spring & Summer Semesters only)

Spring   Deadline    March 30 (Interviews will be conducted April 10-13, 2018)

Summer Deadline    June 30  (Interviews will held July)

Graduate Admission & Interview (Fall, Spring & Summer Semesters)

Spring   Deadline     March 30 (Interview will be conducted TBA)

Summer Deadline     June 30 (Interview will be held in July TBA)

Residency I (No Interview Required)

Spring    Submit Permission to Enter into Residency I (UG only) (Approved by Advisor)     March 30

Summer Submit Permission to Enter into Residency I (UG Only) (Approved by Advisor)   June 30          

Intent to Enter into Residency I / Residency II / Student Teaching & Interview

Spring 2019 Student Teaching Interview (Graduate Students Only) TBA  (Fall Student Teaching)

Fall Semester -  Apply and Schedule Interview for Residency II/Student Teaching Spring Semester - Deadline October 30

Residency II / Student Teacher Interview:

Spring 2019 - TBA(must submit complete packet)

Fall 2018 - November TBA, 2018 (schedule interview upon submission of application)


Other Documents:

Praxis Help - Pathfinders Project

Student Teaching Exit Interview

Fall 2018       Interview Date:     TBA (Bring copy of all Student Teaching Observation, TEAM Evaluation Forms from (Master Clinician/University Supervisor)

Spring 2019    Exit Interview Date:   TBA  (Bring copy of all Student Teaching Observation, TEAM Evaluation Forms from (Master Clinician/University Supervisor)

 Self-Placement Field Observation Form (Graduate Students Only)





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