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edTPA for Tennessee

Beginning January 1, 2019, initial license applicants are required to submit qualifying scores on the appropriate edTPA performance-based, subject-specific assessment.

Out-of-state applicants, who do not hold a professional level license in a state other than Tennessee, must submit qualifying scores on an approved pedagogical assessment. The edTPA may meet this requirement.

Please visit the full policy here: Profession Assessments for Tennessee Educators Policy 5.105 link opens in a new window.


For more information about teacher licensure within Tennessee, please visit the Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation (OELP) webpage link opens in a new window .

Qualifying Scores for Tennessee

The Tennessee State Board of Education has adopted a preliminary edTPA qualifying standard based on the edTPA Recommended Professional Performance Standard minus a full standard error of measurement as the passing standard for candidates utilizing their edTPA performance to satisfy the TN pedagogical assessment requirement.

The qualifying score will increase each year through January 2022 as listed below:

edTPA Handbook January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021 January 1, 2022 and thereafter
13 Rubric Handbooks333536
15 Rubric Handbooks384042
18 Rubric Handbooks464850

Qualifying Scores by Date

The table below reflects the TN established qualifying scores for the edTPA handbooks. To review current TN state policy on utilizing edTPA results in lieu of the PLT assessment, please visit the Professional Assessments for Tennessee Educators Policy (5.105) link opens in a new window.

edTPA Handbook January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021 January 1, 2022 and thereafter
Agricultural Education4042
Business Education4042
Classical Languages3536
Early Childhood4042
Elementary Education: Literacy with Mathematics Task 44850
Elementary Education: Mathematics with Literacy Task 44850
Elementary Literacy4042
Elementary Mathematics4042
English as an Additional Language4042
Family and Consumer Sciences4042
Health Education4042
K–12 Performing Arts4042
K–12 Physical Education4042
Library Specialist40n/a
Literacy Specialist4042
Middle Childhood English-Language Arts4042
Middle Childhood History/Social Studies4042
Middle Childhood Mathematics4042
Middle Childhood Science4042
School Librarian/Library Specialist4042
Secondary English-Language Arts4042
Secondary History/Social Studies4042
Secondary Mathematics4042
Secondary Science4042
Special Education4042
Technology and Engineering Education4042
Visual Arts4042
World Language3536

If you have additional questions about using the edTPA for educator licensure in Tennessee, please review the Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation (OELP) webpage link opens in a new window for contact information.

For additional information regarding edTPA state policies, please review AACTE's state participation information. link opens in a new window