School Library Media Certification by State: Tennessee

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Office of Teacher Licensing

Tennessee Department of Education

6th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower

710 James Robertson Parkway

Nashville, TN 37243-0377

Phone: (615) 741-2731

Tennessee Department of Education:

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed:  Yes

Master’s Degree Needed: Yes

Praxis II Library Media Content Test Needed: Yes, a passing score is 146.

Other Testing Needed: Yes, Praxis II, Principles of Learning and Teaching

Description: Prospective school library information specialists will complete studies in library science.

Evaluation Process for Licensure

Criteria for eligible individuals:

Educators applying from out-of-state will apply for a practitioner license. The practitioner license has a three-year validity period and is renewable one time. Educators applying from out-of-state must meet the following criteria:

  • Have submitted qualifying scores on required content assessments, AND
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or  university, AND
  • Must have completed an educator preparation program approved for licensure by a state other than Tennessee.

To demonstrate evidence of successful completion of an out-of-state program, the applicant must submit:

  • Proof of a full and valid license (comparable to the Tennessee Professional license) from a state with which Tennessee has reciprocity, OR
  • Recommendation from the out-of-state provider where the educator completed an approved program.

Further criteria may be viewed here:

Reciprocity: All out-of-state educator preparation programs must meet conditions stipulated in State Board Rule 0520-02-03 – See more at:

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