Teaching Here

Neighborhood Highlight

Former Mayor Karl Dean Partners with Teach For America


What You Need to Know


Average starting salary is $43,000




Lipscomb University

Relay Graduate School of Education


One year

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
  • Is a master's degree required?
  • Which universities do you partner with?

Certification Requirements

In order to be qualified to teach, Nashville corps members must complete the following requirements:

  • Pass content-specific Praxis exams prior to and during the school year.
  • Take a minimum of two courses offered through our university partner, Lipscomb University, in order to receive a transitional teaching license.

These courses are specifically designed by Lipscomb University, in collaboration with Teach For America, to meet the needs of corps members.

Master's Degree Option

After taking an additional two courses, corps members can become fully licensed and have the option to earn a master's of education by completing further coursework.



Lipscomb University and Relay Graduate School of Education.

Placement School Locations

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Elementary ELL
  • Elementary K-6
  • Secondary Biology
  • Secondary Chemistry
  • Secondary U.S./World History
  • Secondary Geography
  • Secondary Math
  • Secondary English
  • All content areas grades 4-8

Regional Expenses

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What's Left Over
Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
One Time Summer Start Up Costs
Estimated Start Up and Certification Costs