Occupational Licensure

Thank you for your interest in the Occupational Licensure program at UT Martin. We are happy to assist you with information regarding our fully online program.


You will be required to take 4 courses to complete the program, 12 hours. Courses are offered Spring, Summer and Fall. Please, do not hesitate to ask questions.


According to the State Board Education’s Educator Licensure Policy 5.502 and Professional Assessments for Tennessee Educators Policy 5.105, all educators in Tennessee who are issued a practitioner occupational license on or after July 1, 2018, will be required to pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): Grades 7-12 in order to renew or advance their practitioner occupational license. Once you have completed the required coursework, you will be required to take the Principles Learning Teaching (PLT).


All our courses are online. You have 3 years from the date of hire into the teaching position to complete the required coursework. Our webpage offers lots of useful information. You are required to be admitted to the program. Coursework is not required to be started upon admission.


STEP 1: To continue the process for admission to the Occupational Licensure program at UTM, the following will be required.

  1. Application for Admission
    • Fill out the online application and submit to rwilso34@utm.edu.
    • Under type of enrollment you will need to check “Special” and “Online”. Be sure to mark the semester you wish to start.
    • There is a $30 non-refundable application fee. All payments are made online and this can be paid once you are admitted.
  2. The District Intent to Hire should be completed and returned. Fax to 731-881-7984 or scan and email to rwilso34@utm.edu.
    • This is not a binding confirmation or guarantee of approval or employment
  3. Copy of your driver’s license for EVEA verification of in-state tuition. Fax to 731-881-7984 or scan and email to rwilso34@utm.edu.
  4. If applicable, request official transcripts sent to Jenny Hahn at jhahn@utm.edu to upload into TNCompass.

Information regarding the overall CTE process can be found at TN.gov/education or at the following link: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/ccte/cte/cte_res_cte_licensing_101_directors.pdf


STEP 2: Once admitted, you will receive a 2nd step email with further information. An active, approved application in TNCompass is required before UT Martin can verify your admission into the program. Link for payment of application fee and accessing My UTMartin student portal is included in the Step 2 email.


STEP 3: Being accepted into an approved program is STEP 1. Registering for the class(es) is STEP 3. Assistance with course schedule, registration and payment information will be provided each semester. Registration instructions will follow in a separate email. Admission process typically only takes a couple of days.


Applications are being accepted for Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Dates for Fall 2021: August 23-December 10, 2021

Dates for Spring 2022: January 13-May 6, 2022

Dates for Summer 2022: June 6-August 12, 2022


The fees for Academic year 2021-2022 will be $1,287 for each 3 hour course.


If needed, each semester UTM offers a payment plan to assist those students who need to extend their time for payment. The payment plan requires one fourth of deferrable fees plus a $30 service fee upon registration and the remaining payments are due by the 15th of each month.


If you would like to apply for financial aid (student loans) you will need to fill out a FAFSA form. Here are the links to our Financial Aid web page, the link for creating a FSA ID will expedite the process of completing the FAFSA and then a link itself to the FAFSA. To meet Federal guidelines and be eligible for financial aid, one is required to take 2 courses per semester (6 hours).






If there are additional questions regarding the FAFSA or need further assistance with financial aid, please email Ginger Horton, ghorton@utm.edu, 731-881-7043.


If you have questions, please let us know. We look forward to working with you.


Erica Bell Signature


Erica Bell, MBA, CC
Director of Regional Centers and Online Programs
The University of Tennessee at Martin
110 Gooch Hall/538 University Street
Martin, TN 38238
731.881.7089 (731.881.7984 fax)

Practitioner Occupational Education License Endorsement Courses

CTE 290 – Effective Instructional Strategies and Managing the Environment
Introduction to instructional strategies aimed at fostering a classroom environment which promotes student success and achievement through the integration of educational theory, classroom management techniques, as well as assessment. Topics presented will address lesson and unit plan construction, differentiated instruction to diverse learners, mastery of content knowledge, along with the importance of ongoing reflection and its relationship to professional learning. Discipline-specific literacy skills and strategies will be introduced.


CTE 300 – Students with Exceptionalities
An introductory course designed to provide an overview of the field of special education. Principles, characteristics, programs, special needs, legal requirements and instructional strategies, related to the education of students with exceptionalities. A deeper understanding of discipline-specific literacy skills and strategies will be covered, as well as, acronyms used in the state and region that are unique to the special education field.


CTE 303 - Diagnosis and Evaluation
Designed to develop skills in selecting, constructing, administering and interpreting instruments appropriate for assessing differing needs and achievement of students in the classroom. Criterion-based assessment and their classroom relevance will be reviewed. Instructor will continue to promote the use of academic and discipline-specific vocabulary.


CTE 325 - Educational Psychology
Introduction to the psychology of learning, motivation and social development. The course focus will be on the development of learning theory, psychological and environmental factors that influence learning and the validity of various learning paradigms. Academic and discipline-specific vocabulary will be covered.

According to the State Board Education’s Educator Licensure Policy 5.502 and Professional Assessments for Tennessee Educators Policy 5.105, all educators in Tennessee who are issued a practitioner occupational license on or after July 1, 2018, will be required to pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): Grades 7-12 in order to renew or advance their practitioner occupational license.


Once you have completed the required coursework, you will be required to take the Principles Learning Teaching (PLT) – Test 5624


Here are some resources to assist you:



  • New students pay a one-time $30 non-refundable application fee
  • The current cost of an online class is $1,287
  • Four-part payment plan available
  • State of TN Employee Fee Waivers are accepted
  • https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
Endorsement Code
2-4 Cycle Engines 775
Aircraft Maintenance 773
Automotive 770
Aviation Ground School 774
Barbering 780
Broadcasting 710
Carpentry 706
Collison Repair 771
Concrete/Masonry 702
Cosmetology 781
Culinary Arts 730
Diesel Equipment 772
Distribution and Logistics 776
Drafting/CAD 700
Electrical 701
Endorsement Code
Fire Safety 751
Graphic Design 711
Health Informatics 721
Health Science 6-12 720
Health Science 7-12 723
HVAC 707
Information Technology 740
Legal and Protective Services 750
Manufacturing 760
Plumbing 703
Programming 742
Public Health 722
Trade & Industrial Education 6-12 761
Trade & Industrial Education 9-12 762
Welding 705

State of TN Licensure 101 or more information, click on a topic below:

Erica Bell, MBA, CC
110 Gooch
538 University Street
Martin, TN 38238
731-881-7089 (office)
731-881-7984 (fax)

Becky Wilson
Program Resource Specialist
110 Gooch
538 University Street
Martin, TN 38238
731-881-7086 (office)
731-881-7984 (fax)

  1. After completion of the required 12 hours for Occupational Licensure will be to contact Ms. Jenny Hahn at jhahn@utm.edu or 731-881-7126. She will assist you with TnCompass and the final paperwork required for the state.
  2. In addition to the information Ms. Hahn will provide, once final grades have been posted you will need to request an official UTM transcript at http://www.utm.edu/departments/registrar/enroll.php

Thank you for allowing UT Martin to assist you in fulfilling your educational goals. We wish you the best!


If you have any other questions or need assistance, please let us know.

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Online Learning

Canvas: Our online course work is accessed using the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas is a web-based virtual learning environment that allows our instructors to customize their courses to disseminate course materials. Canvas allows you to submit assignments, interact with the instructor and fellow classmates, access multimedia materials (PowerPoints, images, lectures, movie clips, audio, graphs, charts, etc.), and much more.


Accessing Canvas: Once you have had your application accepted, you will be able to log in as a UTM student. Students can access the UTM's Canvas through the UTM Portal.


UT Martin transitioned to Canvas during Spring 2017. Click the link below to self-enroll into a free sample Canvas course titled "Online Orientation to Canvas for UTM Students."


To enroll in this course, click this link: https://utm.instructure.com/enroll/8ADYFA


If you are not already logged into Canvas, this link will take you to the login page. From there, use your UTM username and password to login. You will have successfully self-enrolled in the course and can begin looking around.


UTM Portal

Your UTM Portal is where you will access just about everything: your student email, Canvas, student records, etc.


Begin at the UTM homepage (www.utm.edu)


In the top right hand corner you will see “MY UTMARTIN.” Click on it and you will see a dropdown box that will ask you for a username and password.


Your username will be as follows:


Username: found in Step 2 email or search for your username here


Password: The DEFAULT password will be: xxxxMmmyy


Where xxxx is the last 4 digits of the SSN (NOT the student ID number) mmm is their birth month (first three letters of birth month with the first letter capitalized) and yy is the last 2 digits of their birth year. As an example, if your SSN is 444-55-1234 and you were born June 1984, then the password would be 1234Jun84.


Once you access your UTM portal, you can choose to change your password to something that you will remember more easily.


If you cannot log in with your default password, please contact the Helpdesk at 731-881-7900.


Once you access your UTM Portal, Canvas is the third tab on the top menu bar.


Click “Canvas” to navigate to your UTM Canvas page.


Please DO NOT PANIC if you log into Canvas for the first time and do not see any courses listed. Courses become available on term start dates after instructors publish them. Usually, will happen a few days before the semester officially begins. In the rare event that by the beginning of the second day of classes, your courses are still not showing up, call 1-866-587-7589.


Student Email

UTM’s Computer Center will assign you a UTM student email account. This is your default email address at UTM. Your professors, official university notifications, and Canvas will automatically send you email through this account. It is important that you regularly check your UTM email online through your UTM Portal or with email programs like Eudora, Outlook, Outlook Express, etc.


Registering for classes

Registering for courses is necessary to sign up for the classes you want to take through the university. Here is a step-by-step process of how to register:


Holds: Holds must be removed before student can register. There are a variety of holds that can be placed on a student’s account for a number of reasons (you can view all holds & how to get them removed here: Holds Document; however, the three main ones that all students have are the following:

Address Verification (AV)

Intent to Graduate Needed (S1)

Due/delinquent Chares (DC)


Each occupational licensure student is assigned, Mrs. Erica Bell, as academic advisor. The advisor is important to contact to help you obtain your require courses for licensure. At any time, you may reach her at ebell3@utm.edu


You may view your advisor by following these steps:

  1. Log in to your UTM Portal
  2. Click the Banner Self-Service tab
  3. Click on “Student Services”
  4. Click on “Registration”
  5. Click on "Who is my Advisor?"

Once you have been advised what course(s) to register for by Mrs. Becky Wilsonand any applicable holds removed, you may register for courses by following these steps:

  1. Log into your UTM Portal using your Username and Password
  2. Click on Banner Self Service
  3. Click on Student Services
  4. Click on Registration
  5. You may enter the course registration number (CRN) director or Look up classes to add
    • Search by term
    • Select the desired subject
    • For Session select UT Online
    • Click Submit
  6. Scroll through the courses you are interested in. All of your courses are listed as an OL section.
  7. Once you have decided which course you would like, there is a small box to the left of the course, select that and then click register.

If you do not have the correct pre-requisites for the course then an error will show up once you try to register for the course.


If you have any questions about how to register then please contact our office at 731-881-7080.


Confirming Classes

It is very important to confirm your classes at the beginning of each semester. If you do not do this, then you will lose your seat in the courses you are enrolled in. You can do this by paying for your courses online. Please use this link (https://www.utm.edu/departments/bursar/payment.php) for step-by-step instructions.


Ordering Textbooks

Once you have registered for your courses, your textbook list is saved to your UTM Portal. When you wish to look into this then you can access it through Banner Self-Service. Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your UTM Portal
  2. Click the Banner Self-Service tab
  3. Click on “Student Services”
  4. Click on “Registration”
  5. Click “Order Textbooks Online”

You can order textbooks through our UTM bookstore by calling 1-800-829-8861 ext. 7760 or by going to the UTM Bookstore link at http://utm.bncollege.com.


**You may also choose to order your books from another vendor. If you choose this method, please pay attention to the ISBN numbers and make sure they match to ensure you are getting the correct book volume and edition.**


Student Checklist


The University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) Educator Preparation Program for CTE Instructors is only available for State of Tennessee residents or applicants who are currently employed by a Tennessee approved school provider.