The Apprentice Teacher License is a full Tennessee teacher license issued to an educator who has completed an approved teacher preparation program. It is valid for five years and is renewable. The holder of an Apprentice License has five years in which to teach three years in a Tennessee public or state-accredited non-public school. In order for an educator to advance to the Professional license, the school system must submit evidence 3 years of positive local evaluations.
If the Apprentice License is not used for three years in an approved Tennessee school, it remains valid for the duration of the five-year validity period. It may be renewed every five years if it is not used for employment in an approved Tennessee school by meeting renewal requirements.