The Tennessee Department of Education's Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation is responsible for the issuance of all Tennessee educator licenses, and approval of educator preparation programs. To apply for a new Tennessee license or take action on a current license, visit the TNCompass website. All licensure transactions (e.g., apply, advance, renew, etc.) must be submitted electronically through TNCompass. Teachers who need to have credentials evaluated for Tennessee licensure eligibility should submit the desired transaction in TNCompass for review by a licensure specialist. The department no longer accepts paper applications.