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Job-Embedded Practitioner Licensure

The University of Tennessee College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences’ Job-Embedded Practitioner Programs for Secondary (6-12) and Special Education Licensure

The Job-Embedded Practitioner Licensure Program allows a partnership school system (or private school) to employ an individual as “instructor of record,” provided content/subject knowledge has been met, and the candidate has been admitted to a Job-Embedded Practitioner Program. The teacher would pursue a graduate-level teacher licensure program, while carrying out the duties and responsibilities of a first year teacher, with school system and UT faculty as mentors. The teacher has three years to complete licensure requirements. The Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of Educator Licensing will issue the Practitioner License only at the recommendation of the approved educator preparation program.

The UT Graduate School of Education offers the following Job-Embedded Practitioner licensure options:

  • Special Education: Interventionist K-8; Interventionist 6-12, Comprehensive K-12
  • Mathematics, 6-12
  • Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences), 6-12
  • World Language (Spanish, French, Latin, German), 6-12

The UT Graduate School of Education collaboratively works with the College of Communication and Information pursuant to:

  • Library Information Specialist, PreK-12

The UT Graduate School of Education collaboratively works with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources pursuant to:

  • Agriculture Education and Agriscience, 6-12

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences has a Job-Embedded agreement with the following school systems:

**Although the following list has not been finalized, the systems below have indicated a continuing interest in a partnership agreement.**

Alcoa City
Anderson County
Blount County
Clarksville-Montgomery
Cocke County
Coffee County
Emerald Academy
Grainger County
Hamblen County
Hamilton County
Jefferson County
Kingsport City
Knox County
Loudon County
Maryville City
McMinn County
Oak Ridge
Robertson County
Sevier County
Shelby County
TN School for the Deaf
Williamson County

 

To qualify for a Job-Embedded Practitioner license, the applicant must meet the following requirements, along with completing the evaluation request at the bottom of this page:

Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university, with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4-point scale, or have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credit hours of a completed baccalaureate degree.

Candidates must have met qualifying scores on required assessments for teacher education. Options include ACT (composite 21 or higher), SAT (composite 1020 or higher), or Praxis Core (TN passing test score requirements).

Candidates must have met content requirements as evidenced by each of the following:

  • Acceptable major or a minimum of 24 semester credits in the content endorsement area with minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4-point grading scale
  • Have met all licensure-specific course and GPA requirements1
  • Have supplied verification of passing scores on required Praxis II content exams for the endorsement area (revised each September)
    • Agriculture Education: #5701 (Score: 147)
    • Biology: #5235 (Score: 148)
    • Chemistry: #5245 (Score: 152)
    • Earth Science: #5571 (Score: 146)
    • Library Information Specialist: #5311 (Score: 146)
    • Physics: #5265 (Score: 144)
    • Mathematics: #5161 (Score: 160)
    • French: #5174 (Score: 156)
    • German: #5183 (Score: 157)
    • Spanish: #5195 (Score: 163)
    • Special Education: Interventionist: #5543 (Score: 153)
    • Special Education: Comprehensive: #5545 (Score: 153)

1World Languages: minimum of 24 semester hours in the WL with at least 18 upper division with minimum of 3.0 GPA in all target-language courses.

Sciences: Candidates not holding a degree in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology must have completed at least 24 semester hours in the desired licensure subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology) that includes 15 semester upper division hours. All science candidates must have completed one geology course. Biology or Chemistry candidates must have taken 1-year of physics; Biology candidates must have taken 1-year of Chemistry with a lab and one biochemistry course; earth science candidates must have taken 1-year of chemistry with a lab and 1-year of physics with a lab, and one Astronomy course.

Mathematics: Candidates not holding a degree in Mathematics must have completed 30 semester hours of Mathematics to include at least 15 upper division hours

Candidates must meet all eligibility requirements for a job-embedded practitioner teaching position at a collaborative school district.

Candidate must be selected by the school district as the preferred candidate for the open position.

Candidate may choose to apply to Graduate School at this time.  Please keep in mind that this does not guarantee admission into the program, but simply starts the process toward admission.  To apply please click here.  With the exception of Agriculture Education and Library Information Specialist, all programs will apply to the College of Education, Health and Sciences as a Track I Master of Science candidate with a major in Teacher Education.  The concentration will be in either Secondary Education or Special Education dependent upon the program you are pursuing. Library Information Specialist candidates should contact the department directly for program admission information. Candidates to the Agriculture Education may choose to apply at the undergraduate level and that application can be found here.

Upon confirmation of eligibility and selection from employing school district, the Office of Teacher Education Admissions will contact the candidate with directions to complete the following:

  • Job-embedded practitioner license program application
  • Background checks for both the school system as well as the University of Tennessee
  • Interview with the Board of Admission

 

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