Occupational Licensure

Campuses that Offer this Program: 
Austin Peay State University
East Tennessee State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University
Tennessee Technological University
The University of Memphis

The Board of Education - Department of Vocational Education in partnership with the Tennessee Board of Regents have joined together to establish an online delivery option for occupational instructors interested in advancing from the Apprentice Occupational Education License to the Professional Occupational Education License. Courses are offered in an online, asynchronous, 24/7 format (any time anywhere access to course content). 

Endorsement areas:

Occupational Education License endorsement areas currently available in Tennessee can be found here

How does one apply for an Apprentice Occupational License?

The Apprentice Occupational License is issued to individuals who meet requirements in the areas of Health Science or Trade and Industry. The license is only valid for three years of teaching in a Tennessee public or state accredited private school. Requirements specific to each area (Health Science and Trade and Industry) can be found here. Guidelines for applying for an Apprentice Occupational Education license can be found on the Tennessee Department of Education website at this link

How does one apply for Professional Licensure?

To apply for the Professional Occupational Education License, you must have an Apprentice Occupational Education License and you must complete a teacher preparation program (up to 18 hours) designed to meet the knowledge and skills of occupation teachers as defined by the Vocational-Technical Department of the Department of Education. These courses must be completed within the first three years of employment (at least 6-semester hours must be completed in the first year of teaching).

To advance from Apprentice Licensure to Professional Licensure, see these requirements.  

Program of Study:

It is advisable to take only one or two courses (three or six credits) each semester while teaching during the academic school year. Completing two courses each semester allows you to complete all 18 hours within one calendar year (Spring, Summer and Fall semesters). You may select to take additional hours during your summer break. Courses are available at both the undergraduate level and the graduate level.

Please Note:  The Occupational Licensure Program is available at the undergraduate level at ETSU, MTSU, TSU, and TTU. The program is available at the graduate level at ETSU, MTSU, TSU, TTU, and UOM.

Please note that the following courses are available at three levels:

  • 2000 level - for teachers with little or no college credit hours
  • 4000 level - for teachers who have 60 or more college credit hours
  • 5000/6000/7000 level - for teachers with a bachelor's degree
Course Number Course Title Description
TELC 2007 Adolescent Learners The emphasis of these courses is on the emotional, cognitive and physical aspects of adolescence also includes the major concerns and risk factors facing teens in the United States.
TELC 4001 Adolescent Development
TELC 5001/6001/7001 Adolescent Development
TELC 2008 Facilitating Learning through Assessment and Evaluation These courses focus on three areas of teaching effectiveness including: 1) Facilitating Learning and Instruction, 2) Evaluating Learning Outcomes, 3) Maintaining Professionalism.
TELC 4002 Assessment and Evaluation
TELC 5002/6002/7002 Assessment and Evaluation
TELC 2009 Managing the Learning Environment in School Settings These courses address the use of appropriate knowledge and skills for managing the total learning environment in secondary school settings; emphasis on development of skills that facilitate effective teaching through appropriate management techniques and the involvement of parents and community members.
TELC 4003 Managing the Learning Environment
TELC 5003/6003/7003 Managing the Learning Environment
TELC 2010 Survey of Exceptionalities and Diversity These courses provide a critical study of the history, issues, trends, and supporting research in special education. The courses will enable students to identify psychological, physical, educational, medical, behavioral and learning characteristics and needs of individuals with various disabilities, as well as students from diverse cultural, social, ethnic and racial backgrounds.
TELC 4004 Survey of Exceptional Children
TELC 5004/6004/7004 Survey of Exceptional Children
TELC 2011 Teaching and Learning with Technology These courses are designed to help P-16 educators examine various issues related to teaching with Internet resources, as well as, learning to evaluate and integrate this technology into "teaching" and "learning."
TELC 4005 Teaching and Learning with Technology
TELC 5005/6005/7005 Teaching and Learning with Technology
TELC 2012 Teachers as Agents of Change in Schools These courses are designed to provide an overview of current issues, trends, and problems that are commonplace to teaching in public school settings.
TELC 4006 Teachers as Agents of Change
TELC 5006/6006/7006 Teachers as Agents of Change
The courses will be offered in an online format in a one year rotation.


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