Teaching Degrees in Tennessee

The first step in earning a Tennessee teacher license is to complete the appropriate education requirements. The state of Tennessee offers a number of approved educational options, with numerous schools and teacher preparation programs in the state approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. These schools provide various fields of study in the area of education, allowing aspiring teachers to prepare to work with the grade level and subject they are most interested in. In addition to education, a Tennessee teaching license also requires completion of state-approved examinations, which are typically given at the end of the academic career.

The four largest schools in the state for Tennessee teacher preparation include the University of Tennessee, the University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee University, and East Tennessee State University. All of these public institutions have been approved by the state’s Department of Education.

University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee boasts a student population of nearly 28,000 and a faculty and staff of around 10,000. Students can choose from approximately 300 degree programs, including many offered by the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. The College’s special education program has won multiple awards, and licensure programs are available for elementary, middle, and secondary teachers. Degrees in early childhood education as well as training for school counselors and psychologists are also available.

University of Memphis

The University of Memphis was founded in 1912 and currently has a student population of more than 22,000. The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is the founding program of the school. Today, the College enrolls more than 3,000 students in 57 degree programs, including those in elementary, middle, and secondary education. The college boasts a strong research base and is home to the Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute, where many students gain practical experience working with young children.

Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University was founded in 1911 as one of the original teaching schools in Tennessee. The school currently boasts a student population of more than 26,000 and a faculty team of more than 900. The College of Education offers a wide range of programs in Tennessee teacher education, including specialized studies in dyslexia, literacy studies, and special education. The school recently added a doctorate program in Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement. The college is committed to preparing teachers for the workforce, and offers postgraduate professional development in addition to initial teacher training.

Eastern Tennessee State University

Eastern Tennessee State University was founded in 1911 and has been helping aspiring teachers obtain Tennessee teacher certification for generations. At the Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education, students can pursue numerous degree programs in the field of education, including primary and secondary education, curriculum and instruction, and educational leadership. The school offers a combination of research and practical teaching opportunities to prepare students for work in the future.

Aquinas College

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4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 297-7545

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Austin Peay State University

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601 College St
Clarksville, TN 37044
(931) 221-7011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Belmont University

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1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212-3757
(615) 460-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Bethel University

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325 Cherry Ave
McKenzie, TN 38201
(731) 352-4000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Bryan College-Dayton

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721 Bryan Drive
Dayton, TN 37321
(423) 775-2041

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Carson-Newman University

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1646 S Russell Ave
Jefferson City, TN 37760
(865) 471-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Christian Brothers University

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650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 321-3000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Cumberland University

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1 Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 444-2562

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

East Tennessee State University

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1276 Gilbreath Drive
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Fisk University

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1000 17th Ave North
Nashville, TN 37208-4501
(615) 329-8500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Johnson University

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7900 Johnson Dr
Knoxville, TN 37998
(865) 573-4517

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

King University

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1350 King College Rd
Bristol, TN 37620-2699
(423) 968-1187

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Lane College

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545 Lane Ave
Jackson, TN 38301-4598
(731) 426-7500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Le Moyne-Owen College

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807 Walker Ave
Memphis, TN 38126-6595
(901) 435-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Lee University

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1120 N Ocoee St
Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 614-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Lipscomb University

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One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-3951
(615) 966-1000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Martin Methodist College

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433 West Madison Street
Pulaski, TN 38478-2799
(931) 363-9800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Maryville College

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502 E Lamar Alexander Pky
Maryville, TN 37804-5907
(865) 981-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Memphis College of Art

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1930 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38104-2764
(901) 272-5100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Middle Tennessee State University

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1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2300

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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