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Teacher Education Requirements

Initial Licensure


Beginning August 1, 2023, all educators or administrators with at least one endorsement listed in this document will need to demonstrate proof that they have met the TLSA requirements when seeking to obtain, renew, or advance their license.

Educators may elect to demonstrate compliance using one of the below pathways. Both the trainings and the assessment are free to all educators.

  1. Foundational Literacy Skills Training: Complete Course 1 of either the Early Reading Training or Secondary Literacy Training. Candidates should select the training that best fits their licensure or school grade band.

  2. Assessment: Pass the Tennessee Early Literacy Assessment (TELA). The Tennessee Early Literacy Assessment (TELA) is now available online. Once completed, candidates will upload the completion certificates to their licensure materials. Contact your program manager or advisor if you have additional questions