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The JROTC Program and Teaching License

JROTC emblems for Air Force, Army, Navy,

Junior Reserve Office Training Corp (JROTC) Program

JROTC is a course of instruction taught for academic credit in high schools by retired officers and noncommissioned officers. In public schools, students select JROTC as an elective course. In some private schools, such as military schools, enrollment in JROTC may be a mandatory part of the curriculum.  Students enrolled in JROTC are referred to as cadets. They are organized into units with a cadet chain of command.

The JROTC program prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation.

JROTC Teaching License

Instructors in the JROTC program may hold a state issued JROTC teaching license. Applicants for a JROTC teaching license in Tennessee must submit to the Office of Teacher Licensing the following:

  • A completed application for a Tennessee JROTC teaching license.
  • Copy of  valid JROTC training certificate (including expiration date)
  • Official transcripts of credit/degrees earned in colleges/universities in the United States.
    (NOTE: If copies of transcripts are submitted, the license will not reflect the degree earned.)
  • Verification that the applicant is currently employed in a Junior ROTC program in a Tennessee school system..

Note: No other endorsement can be added to the JROTC teaching license.

Renewal of JROTC Teaching License

To renew a JROTC teaching license, the educator must submit to the Office of Teacher Licensing the same items as for issuance.  Official transcripts reflecting any course work completed after initial issuance of license.  However, the application should not be submitted until after March 1 of the expiration year.

Download the applicationdownload pdf filefor obtaining the JROTC teaching license or apply for license renewal and upload required forms using the online license application

You may check our Educator License Information web site to verify receipt of licensure information. Unless you already know your license number we suggest first using the public search option to locate your license number by only entering your first and last name as listed on the application. Click on the name, the license information will be revealed. If you already hold a license and know your license number you may use the Educator Log in option.