Tennessee – State Information

MEA President: Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Christopher Dye
ALF Member Email: Christopher.Dye@mtsu.edu

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/12/2021
Adjourns: 5/6/2021

Likely meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline  
Budget Deadline TBD
Introduction Deadlines 10th Legislative Day
Governor Bill Lee (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Mark White (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Kirk Haston (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Brian Kelsey (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Raumesh A. Akbari (D)

Partisan Split House: R      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 615-741-2901
Senate Secretary Contact 615-741-2730
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Alyson Lerma, Director of Monitoring
Title IV Director Brinn Obermiller,Title IV and Family Engagement Director
(615) 770-1802, Brinn.Obermiller@tn.gov
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds Appears to be September 30


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

TN Music K-12 Instrumental/General
Music K-12 Vocal/General
Practitioner (4-year)
Professional (7-year)
Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) OR ACT min of 21 OR SAT min of 1080 Praxis II: Music Content & Instruction (5114) Not required as of 1/1/2019 edTPA score of 40 or above until 12/31/2020 and 42 or above 1/1/2021 Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework   Yes https://www.tn.gov/education/licensing/educator-preparation.html
Educator Preparation Program must be completed, but some flexibility as to when
https://www.tn.gov/education/licensing.html June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Reopening Schools: Overview Guide for LEAs

Districts will decide whether to open school buildings. The state department of education’s guidance also provides a framework that districts can use to assess risk and decide when it would be safe to reopen.

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2018-2019 school year.

$1,500 in Title IV-A funds were utilized in McNairy County to purchase instruments and books for 5th-grade music classes. 

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Rutherford County Schools to purchase arts supplies and curricular materials for music and theatre. This included Art equipment and supplies for direct student use in artmaking, sheet music and class set of theatre materials (plays, anthologies, etc.) for enhanced student learning. As a result, students can participate in types of artmaking they might not have had access to previously. Students have access to a wider variety of curricular materials than in previous years, including pieces of music and theatre resources that are priced out of the range of many individual school budgets.