Tennessee is home to one of the entertainment capitals of the United States; it also provides the perfect setting for a wide-range of outdoor activities, hobbies and sports – so you’ll always have plenty to do during your down-time away from the classroom.
Tennessee’s student-to-teacher ratio is slightly better than the national average. On the other hand, Tennessee’s public K-12 expenditures per student are roughly 79 percent of the national average, leaving some room for improvement.
In sum, Tennessee can be a great place for both seasoned professionals and newcomers alike to make a meaningful impact in the lives of students.
Math Teacher Certification in Tennessee
Math Teaching Qualifications
In order to qualify for Tennessee’s entry-level teaching certificate, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution of higher learning, complete an approved teacher preparation program and pass the requisite Praxis II tests.
Credentials & Exams
- Apprentice Teaching License: In order to qualify for this five-year initial teaching certificate, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, satisfactorily complete the Praxis II tests and graduate from a state-approved teacher education program.
- Professional Teaching Lice: Teachers with at least 25 months of teaching experience are eligible for nomination for this10-year renewable license.
- Reciprocity: Teachers who have been issued a license from another state or jurisdiction may be eligible to receive a Tennessee teaching certificate through the state’s reciprocity program. In order to qualify, the individual must provide evidence of a valid out-of-state teaching certificate, relevant test scores, transcripts for a completed teacher preparation program and proof of teaching experience.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
- Transitional License: Tennessee also offers an alternative certification route for prospective teachers who hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher), can demonstrate the requisite content area knowledge (either through a major in the endorsement area or passing the Praxis II exams in the content area/grade level sought), can verify affiliation with an approved teacher preparation program. Please note: individuals are not allowed to apply for the Transitional license directly; rather, nominations must be made by the employing school district.
- Teach Tennessee Initiative: Prospective teachers with degrees in any of the STEM disciplines possessing at least five years of work experience may qualify to participate in this alternative certification program.
Financial Aid for TN Math Teachers
- Tennessee Teaching Scholars: Recipients are required to teach one year for every year they received the loan. The loan is renewable.
- Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows: This financial assistance program is designed to encourage minorities to enter the teaching profession.
- Tennessee Math & Science Teacher Loan Forgiveness: This program provides financial assistance to Tennessee public school teachers seeking an advanced degree in a math or a science, or a certification to teach a math or a science. Loan forgiveness requires employment in a Tennessee public school system two years for each year of the loan funding received.
Math Teaching Degrees in Tennessee
Below we've listed all of the Tennessee math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Tennessee Math Teachers
Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243
Learn more about math standards for Tennessee here.
Teacher Shortages in MathTennessee reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in grades 6-8.
Expenditure per Student: $8,695
Tennessee’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $8,695, or 78.6% of the national average. (Source: NEA)