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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 Education 6-12
  • 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, 6-12
  • Special Education: Interventionist K-8; Interventionist, 6-12
  • World Language (Spanish, French, Latin, German), 6-12

  • You must have a Bachelor’s degree and be interested in becoming a licensed teacher.
  • NO GRE Required.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.70 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.

Applying to the Job-Embedded Practitioner program requires multiple steps including:

  • Complete the Job-Embedded Practitioner Transcript Review Request
  • Complete the Job-Embedded Practitioner Program Application
  • Submit score report(s) for the required Praxis test(s) for your specific licensure area
  • Submit either an ACT or SAT score report, if available
  • Submitting copies of all college transcripts
  • Being hired as a teacher in a partnering school district

Note: Due to Job-Embedded applicants securing teaching positions throughout the academic/school year, there is no deadline for admission.

For more information, contact or 865-974-8194.

Fill out the Job-Embedded Transcript Review Request form to let us know you are interested in the Job-Embedded Practitioner program.  Submission of ACT or SAT scores is also required at this time. Upon completion of this form, send your transcript(s) and ACT/SAT scores to Meagan Spillers ( to start the transcript review process. If admitted to the Job-Embedded program, all official transcripts need to be electronically sent to Meagan Spillers at

Review Request Form

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 exam.

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

After completing the required Praxis tests for your specific licensure area, submit a copy of your Praxis Score Report to Meagan Spillers.

Submit to:

Remember, to be fully admitted to the JEP program, you must have a school willing to hire you 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 the following school systems. By clicking on the links below you can find job information within those specific school systems.

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

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 (along with tips for completing your essay questions) using the essay questions document below.

You will apply to the Graduate School after you receive notification of  your acceptance into the Job-Embedded program, following the interview. Please keep in mind that this does not guarantee admission into the program. To apply, please click here.  With the exception of Agriculture Education and School Librarian (Library Information Specialist), all programs will apply to the College of Education, Health and Sciences as a Master of Science candidate with a major in Teacher Education.  The concentration will be Practitioner. School Librarian (Library Information Specialist) applicants should contact the department directly (Dr. Cindy Welch at for program admission information. Candidates to the Agriculture Education may choose to apply at the undergraduate level and that application can be found here.

The State of Tennessee requires anyone wishing to enter an approved teacher preparation program must supply a fingerprint sample and submit to a criminal history records check to be conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in accordance with T.C.A. § 49-5-5610
For Job-Embedded Practitioner applicants, there are two options to satisfy this requirement.

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 Lisa Emery at or 865-974-8194.
2. If the local school agency does not verify this requirement, then the applicant must:

  • 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.


  • Download and complete the Authorization to Release Investigative and Criminal Background Records.
  • When the authorization form has been completed and submitted, you will receive an email with instructions to complete the VECHS form.
  • Following the instructions included in the email, print, sign, and send the VECHS form to Diane Booker.
  • Email confirmation will be sent to confirm receipt of the VECHS form.
  • AFTER you receive confirmation that your VECHS form has been received by our office, you are allowed to schedule your fingerprinting appointment.


Tennessee Applicant Processing Services
Follow the simple steps outlined below to complete the fingerprinting process:

  • Go to, and choose “Get Fingerprinted.” Choose Tennessee or call (855) 226-2937 to schedule an appointment.
  • At bottom of page, click “Digital Fingerprinting” and then choose “Schedule a New Appointment”.
  • Choose as “Don’t know your Service Code.” Choose Agency Name (Non-DCS Child Care/Adoption Providers), Applicant Type (Child Related Worker Private), and enter the ORI number (TNCC47076) and click “go” after each entry.
  • You will be asked to enter a zip code to determine the closest fingerprinting location.
  • Click on the word “Schedule” across from the location you want, under the day you wish to be fingerprinted. If you want a date further in the future, click “Next Week>” link to display more dates. Once you select the location/date combination, select the time for your appointment and click “go”.
  • Complete the demographic information page. Required fields are indicated by a red asterisk (*). When complete, click “Send Information”.
  • Confirm the information. Follow the on screen directions to make any changes necessary. Once you see the data is correct, click “Send Information”.
  • The cost of the fingerprinting process is $35.15. Credit card payments must be made onsite at the time of the fingerprinting session. Payments online are not accepted.
  • Print your confirmation page.
  • Take approved identification documents with you to the appointment. These approved document options are identified on your confirmation of your appointment.


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. You may contact the advising center (865-974-8194) for an appointment, or Nina Fox ( to request a review of your records for minimum requirements.

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 (Transcript, Praxis Scores, Hire Letter from School, Background Clearance, Application to the Job-Embedded Program) you will be contacted to arrange an Admission Board Interview.

All decisions regarding admission to the Job-Embedded Practitioner program are made by a Board of Admission. Your interview with a board is, therefore, of great importance to your prospective admission to the Job-Embedded Practitioner program. Please review the following document for suggestions for a successful board interview:

Boards of Admission Interview Guidance

Students in the JEP program will be given a Course of Study that will guide their timeline through the program. This Course 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: