For Applicants

We are always seeking applications from subject matter experts in search of a fulfilling second career. Through Professionals Teach, you can pursue a career in education without having to follow the traditional route to becoming a teacher. To enhance your field experience, we will coach you in the techniques and principles of exemplary instruction. You will be prepared for challenges of the classroom, as well as the rewards of working with students.

Ideally, candidates should have:

  • A master’s degree or bachelor’s degree with twenty-four (24) semester hours in the teaching field or a related field
  • Five (5) years of work experience in the field to be taught
  • Fifty (50) contact hours of pre-service preparation, incorporating the knowledge and skills specified in the Professional Education Licensure Standards and focusing on the domains in the Framework for Evaluation and Professional Growth
  • Licensure available in specific subject areas and courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and foreign language

Please note that program is not designed for individuals who desire to teach on a full-time basis.

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Screening
Adjunct Licensure
Evaluation

Screening

After completing our online application, candidates will undergo a thorough screening process to identify their strengths and abilities, as well as the following:

  • Drug screening
  • Background check
  • Praxis I pre-professional skills test or equivalent
  • Praxis content area examination(s) during first six months
  • Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (prior to their second year of teaching)

Adjunct Licensure

Professionals Teach is a non-profit organization that offers alternative teacher licensure to knowledgeable professionals who want to teach on a course-by-course basis in hard-to-staff and critical shortage areas.

This license will be awarded after the successful completion of pre-service coursework and screening, which includes hands-on training. Our training program was developed around the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM), which consists of the following domains and standards:

  • Instruction
  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Professionalism

After the adjunct license has been awarded, the professional will be paired with a mentor teacher for regular meetings.

This license is valid for one year and can be renewed up to nine times. Should a Professionals Teach educator decide they want to work on a full-time basis, we would support them in finding an appropriate position.

Professionals Teach works diligently to maintain strong relationships with our partnering schools and districts. This allows our teachers to seamlessly transition into full-time employment after satisfactory evaluation and approval.

Evaluation

The school system and principal must interview and approve all applicants before they can begin teaching. The principal is the primary evaluator and must recommend the employee to be hired in subsequent years. After acceptance into the program, participants are assigned a mentor teacher who will commit to meeting regularly.

At the end of each year, the school system will recommend candidates who have received successful evaluations to the Department of Education for renewal of their adjunct licenses.

The professional will not attain licensure beyond the approved subject matter or courses without successfully completing the state’s regular or alternative licensure program.

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