Office of Teacher Education

Contact Us:

Office: 112 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5459

The preparation of school professionals is a complex process. Prospective educators must acquire a body of general knowledge, professional knowledge, and content specific pedagogy. Education professionals must also develop skills and dispositions necessary for working effectively with diverse students and adults. The education programs at Tennessee State University provides such opportunities for candidates to learn and evaluate theories and principles of sound educational practice. Preparation in th e university setting is augmented by the collaboration with classroom school-based mentor teachers and other professionals who guide prospective educators through many hours of practical application in real world settings. Without this partnership of university and local school personnel, a critical dimension of the educator preparatory program would be lost.  

The teacher education “unit’ at Tennessee State University is bigger than the College of Education because academic majors that lead to licensure are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health Sciences, the School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, as well as the College of Education. The overarching theme of the teacher education unit is

 “Caring and Competent Facilitators of Learning,  Committed to Diversity and Success for All”

Guided by this theme, the conceptual framework, and associated learning outcomes, faculty in the various TSU colleges, schools, and departments that offer majors leading to teaching licenses have developed courses and experiences that produce graduates who are well-prepared for success in Tennessee schools.

Our Goal | Effective Teachers

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.  The Teacher Education Student Services office (TESS) tracks the candidates’ progress throughout the residency. Specifically, this unit   

  • Coordinates all processing of documents  
  • Reviews admission packets to the Teacher Education program  
  • Oversees placement of teacher education candidates by the Field Placement and Clinical Experience Coordinator  
  • Submits required paperwork to the state for certification validation  

Our Representatives

Dr. Nicole Arrighi

Nicole K. Arrighi, Ed.D.  
Assistant Dean  
(615) 963-5482    

Dr. Dianne Bryant

Dianne Bryant, Ed.D.
Certification Analyst I
(615) 963-5484    

Mrs. Linda Fair

Linda Fair, M.Ed.
Interim Field Placement Coordinator
(615) 963-4485    


Mrs. JoNatalyn Mercer

JoNatalyn S. Mercer, M.Ed. 
Administrative IV  
(615) 963-5459    


edTPA Updates and Guidance

SCALE and Pearson have released a number of updates to the website, including the following guidance pages and documents:


For more detailed information please contact the TESS Office directly 615-963-5459




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