Occupational Licensure

We appreciate your interest in the Occupational Licensure program at UT Martin and thank you for reaching out. We are happy to assist you with information regarding our fully online program. Admittance to the Occupational Licensure program requires that one is an active full-time employee or is currently in the hiring process by a school system.

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

Our courses are all undergraduate-level courses and not eligible for credit in a master’s program.

According to the State Board of 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 to renew or advance their practitioner occupational license. Once you have completed the required coursework, you will be required to take the Principles of Learning Teaching (PLT). 

All our courses are online. You have three years from the hire date into the teaching position to complete the required coursework. You must be admitted to the program; however, immediate enrollment in courses is not required upon admission.

STEP 1: All applicants will need to submit official transcripts directly to the Department of Education at Education.Licensure@tn.gov

  1. Application for Admission - required
    • Fill out the online application and submit to rwilso34@utm.edu.
    • Under the 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 can be paid once you are admitted.
  2. REQUIRED - District Intent to Hire form completed and submitted to rwilso34@utm.edu
    • This form also indicates the occupational endorsement code being sought with the school system’s approval.
    • This is not a binding confirmation or guarantee of approval or employment
  3. Copy of your driver’s license for EVEA verification, submit to rwilso34@utm.edu - required

You must apply in TNCompass to get the licensure process started with the state. (see attached for visual assistance) The attached CTE flowchart will aid in how the overall process works.

STEP 2: You will receive a 2nd step email with further information once admitted. An active, approved application in TNCompass is required before UT Martin can verify your admission into the program. The link for payment of the 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. Each semester, assistance with course schedule, registration, and payment information will be provided. Registration instructions will follow in a separate email. The admission process typically only takes a couple of days.

Applications are currently being accepted for the following terms:

Spring 2023: January 12 - May 5, 2023

Summer 2023: June 5 - August 11, 2023

Fall 2023: August 21 - December 8, 2023

The current fees for the Academic year 2022-2023 are $1287 for each 3-hour course.

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

If you would like to apply for financial aid (student loans), you must fill out a FAFSA form. Here are the links to our Financial Aid web page; the link for creating an 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, you must enroll in 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 at ghorton@utm.edu.

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

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.


Program Brochure

Course Descriptions

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.

Praxis PLT Test

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:



Cost/Financial Aid
  • 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
Occupational Endorsements

Occupational Endorsement Table

2-4 Cycle Engines775
Aircraft Maintenance773
Aviation Ground School774
Collison Repair771
Culinary Arts730
Diesel Equipment772
Supply Chain Management776
Fire Safety751
Digital Arts & Design711
Health Informatics721
Health Science 6-12720
Health Science 7-12723
Information Technology740
Legal and Protective Services750
Public Health722
Trade & Industrial Education 6-12761
Trade & Industrial Education 9-12762
More Information/Current Schedule
Final Steps
  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/offices-and-services/academic-records/enrollment-degree-verification-and-transcript-request.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.

TN Compass

Did you submit a CTE application through TNCompass? If you did, the Department of Education will place your name on our TNCompass dashboard so that your enrollment can be added in UT Martin’s program and finish the submission of the application.

If you haven’t submitted a CTE application, you need to do so. You’ll find the link under the Quick Link section of TNCompass. 

Occupational Licensure
Erica Bell, Program Director
110 Gooch Hall
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238