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Job-Embedded Practitioner Licensure

Job-Embedded Programs are available for individuals who are interested in becoming a teacher and have a Bachelor’s degree. These programs allow you to work – and get paid – as a teacher while completing Tennessee Department of Education’s requirements for Teacher Licensure. You can also earn your Master’s Degree along with earning your teaching required credential (Most candidates finish the Master’s degree in two years). Please note: You can start the Job-Embedded Practitioner program at any time after obtaining your Bachelor’s degree, but to fully complete the program and your teacher licensure requirements, you must be hired by a local school district and complete a minimum of one year (10 months) of full-time teaching.

Job-Embedded Programs are offered in the following subjects and grade levels:

  • Agriculture Education, 6-12
  • Art, K-12
  • American Sign Language PreK-12
  • Elementary Education, K-5
  • English as a Second Language, PreK-12
  • School Librarian, Library Information Specialist, PreK-12
  • Mathematics, 6-12
  • Middle Grades, 6-8 Math and Science
  • Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science), 6-12
  • Social Science Education (History, Geography, Government, Economics), 6-12
  • Special Education: Interventionist K-8; Interventionist, 6-12
  • World Language (Spanish, French, Latin, German), PreK-12

  • You must have a Bachelor’s degree and be interested in becoming a licensed teacher.
  • NO GRE Required.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above is preferred, but all who are interested in becoming a teacher are encouraged to apply.
  • To successfully complete the program, you must maintain UTK Graduate School standards, be continuously enrolled in required courses each semester, and maintain a “c” or better in required courses. Upon completion of the program a 2.8 or better cumulative GPA in licensure classes is required.

All applicants will need to complete the following in order to be admitted to the JEP Program.

  • Complete the Job-Embedded Practitioner Program Interest Form: Review Request Form
  • Complete the Job-Embedded Practitioner Program Application, below.
  • If your Undergraduate Degree is not from UTK, you will need to submit official transcripts to Attn: Meagan Spillers at
  • Apply to the UTK Graduate School (Note – if you submit your transcripts to Meagan Spillers as directed above, you will not be required to submit them again as a part of your application to the UTK Graduate School).


If you HAVE been hired as a teacher, you will need to submit additional information as follows:

  • Submit score report(s) for the required Praxis test(s) for your specific licensure area (Required ONLY if you do not have a Major in the content area that you have been hired to teach. For Example, if you majored in Biology and are hired to teach Biology, you do not need to submit these test scores for admission to the JEP Program). Content exam must be passed upon completion of first semester of employment.
  • Verify with the Human Resources department from your school district that the Intent to Hire Documentation has been submitted to, Attn: Meagan Spillers on your behalf.

If you HAVE NOT been hired as a teacher, follow the application deadlines for UTK’s Graduate School as follows (your application must be in two weeks prior to the start date of the term you desire to start):


If you HAVE been hired as a teacher of record, there is no application deadline. Apply ASAP!

If you HAVE NOT been hired as a teacher of record, you have two opportunities to apply


Before admission to the JEP program, you must complete and pass the appropriate Praxis test(s) for your specific licensure area. The chart found here provides the Praxis tests required for each specific licensure area that are options for the JEP program.

World Language JEP candidates can also elect to take Alta exams in lieu of praxis. The assessments are administered by the Tennessee Language Center, and candidates will need to go through the following to register: Students need to take the (a) speaking/listening and (b) the written portion of these exams.

Visit the ETS Praxis website for more information about Praxis tests and to create an account to register for tests, view test scores, and order test reports.  Click HERE.

Individuals seeking an endorsement in Middle Grades Mathematics 6-8 or Secondary Mathematics 6-12 shall submit qualifying scores on either the appropriate Praxis Series Mathematics assessment or the appropriate National Evaluation Series Mathematics assessment:

National Evaluation Series
Middle Grades Mathematics 6-8: Mathematics (Middle Grades and Early Secondary)

Test Code: 105

Qualifying Score: 220
Secondary Mathematics 6-12: Mathematics

Test Code: 304

Qualifying Score: 220

When registering to take the exam(s), be sure to list UT Knoxville and the TN Department of Education as a score recipients.


You can be admitted to the JEP program and begin taking courses before you are hired as a teacher. Remember, to complete the JEP program, you must be hired as a teacher.  So, apply for jobs! In your cover letter or on the application, indicate that you are interested in obtaining teacher licensure via the UTK Job-Embedded Program.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences has a Job-Embedded agreement with over 70 Tennessee public school systems and many private schools as well. Some employment pages are linked below.

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

You can also use the Tennessee Jobs Connection to find employment.

You can choose to complete this application at any time in the process (most choose to complete this after they are hired by a school, but as this application contains essay questions you may want to get started sooner).

UT expects that the teacher candidate maintains Professional Competencies, Attitudes, and Dispositions (ProCADs) identified as essential to the teaching profession.  More information on the ProCADs expected of all teacher candidates can be found HERE.

An essential part of our application process is evaluating the ProCADs of our prospective students. Completing the Job-Embedded Practitioner Program Application (link is below) is required of all prospective applicants. This form asks students to self-evaluate on all of the ProCADs identified as essential to the teaching profession, as well as respond to six essay questions that will allow our program faculty to understand the applicant’s dispositions towards teaching. These responses must be submitted electronically via the link provided, but if you would like to pre-plan your essay responses you may download the questions using the essay questions document below.

To be admitted to the Job-Embedded Program, you must also be admitted to the UTK Graduate School. Some applicants choose to apply to the Graduate School AFTER completing the JEP admissions process, as the Graduate School application has a fee. However, you can apply to the Graduate School at any point in the JEP Admissions Process. To apply, please click here.

With the exception of the Agriculture Education and School Librarian (Library Information Specialist), all programs will apply to the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences as a Master of Science candidate with a major in Teacher Education. The concentration will be Practitioner. Detailed directions coming soon!

School Librarian (Library Information Specialist) applicants should contact the department directly (Dr. Cindy Welch at for program admission information. Candidates to Agriculture Education may choose to apply at the undergraduate level and that application can be found here. For more information on the Agriculture Education program, you may contact Dr. Christopher Stripling at

Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 49-5-5610 requires all students who wish to be admitted to teacher preparation programs to:

  • Sign an authorization and release form authorizing a qualified Tennessee licensed private investigation company by and on behalf of the board to complete a criminal history records check, and;
  • Agree to the release of all investigative records to the administrator of the selected teacher training program, and;
  • Supply a fingerprint sample and submit to a criminal history records check to be conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

1.The local school agency verifies a criminal history records check conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in accordance with T.C.A. 49-5-5610 has been completed and the applicant has been cleared to be hired as a teacher of record. The local school agency verifies this requirement when submitting the applicant’s “intent to hire” form. For a copy of the “intent to hire” form, contact


  1. If the local school agency does not verify this requirement, then the applicant  MUST DO THE FOLLOWING IN THIS ORDER:
  • Download and complete the Authorization to Release Investigative and Criminal Background Records.
  • Once the authorization form has been submitted, you will receive an email with instructions to complete the Volunteer & Employee Criminal History System (VECHS) form.
  • Following the instructions included in the email, print, sign, and return the VECHS form to Graduate School of Education by sending a scanned copy of the completed, signed form.
  • Once the signed copy of the VECHS form is received by the Office of Professional Licensure, you will receive email confirmation. Afterwards, please follow these instructions to complete the fingerprinting process.

Your application is not complete until UT receives your background clearance. Please complete this process at least one week prior to the application deadline. An interview board appointment will not be scheduled until your background clearance is received. If clearance is not received prior to the application deadline this applicant must wait until the following semester (November or April) to reapply.

Please note there is a cost associated with completing your background check. You should confirm minimum requirements have been met for the Teacher Education Program before completing the background check and paying the associated fees. For questions regarding minimum requirements, please contact your education advisor. If you have questions regarding the fingerprint process, please contact the Graduate School of Education at

NOTE: If you are an out-of-state applicant and not admitted or currently enrolled at the University of Tennessee, please contact Diane Booker ( for directions specific to your state to complete the background check.

After all documentation is received, you may be contacted regarding an Admissions Board Review. Many programs choose to interview applicants before granting an admissions decision. All decisions regarding admission to the Job-Embedded Practitioner program are made by a Board of Admission. If you have questions about this process contact COMING SOON!

Students in the JEP program will be given a Plan of Study that will guide their timeline through the program. This Plan of Study will include the required Clinical Experiences, Core Educational Courses, and Specialty Area Courses that you will take to complete the program, as well as additional program requirements.

Specific program requirements can be found using the links below: