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Transitional License

APSU Transitional Certification Information 

Eligibility for Transitional License:

The transitional licensing program allows an individual who has earned the Bachelor’s degree to teach and earn their certification at the same time. 


  1. Must have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  2. Must have earned at least 24 semester hours in the endorsement area they wish to teach  or  Passed the Praxis II Content Knowledge exam in the endorsement area (except for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, or Special Education*)
  3. Signed contract by School System to teach in chosen endorsement area.


Endorsement Areas:

Austin Peay State University offers certification through Transitional Licensing in the following areas:  Art, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary Education (K-6)*, Early Childhood (PreK-3)*, English, French, German, Government, Health, History, Latin, Mathematics, Middle Grades (4-8)*, Music, Physical Education, Physics, School Counseling, Spanish, and Special Education*.   In some cases, we can sponsor students in areas other than the ones above but that decision is made an individual level.  We do not sponsor students for occupational licenses.


*Unless a student has completed an undergraduate degree in early childhood, elementary education, middle grades education, or special education, coursework in these areas will have to be completed before the candidate can be on a transitional license.


Required Coursework:

Candidates will be expected to complete six courses in pedagogy.  In some cases, the required course work may have been completed with degree requirements.  If not, coursework will be required to complete your certification. 

Required courses are:

          EDUC 5080  – Classroom Management

          EDUC 5501 – Models of Teaching

          EDUC 5530  – Evaluation & Assessment   

          EDUC 5540  – Instructional Technologies

          EDUC 5550 – Teaching & Learning

          SPED 5550  – Trends and Issues in Special Education


Our program is designed for the individual to earn a Master’s degree by taking four additional courses:

          EDUC 5000 - Research in Education

          EDUC 5500 - Foundations of Education

          EDUC 5520 - Teaching in a Pluralistic Society

          RDG 5040 - Content Area Reading 

Additional Requirements: 

  1. All Praxis II Exams must be completed for endorsement area.
  2. 2.     Completion of one year of mentoring provided by the district and APSU.  For those teaching outside Clarksville/Montgomery County, a two hour mentoring course is required to meet this requirement. 
  3. Completion of one year of successful teaching on a Transitional License.
  4. Completion of Milestone IV Portfolio via Livetext.


Partner Districts:

            Clarksville/Montgomery County

            Cheatham County

            Dickson County

            Hickman County

            Houston County

            Humphreys County

            Robertson County

            Stewart County

            Sumner County

Contact for transitional license?

            Jana F. Hatcher


            931.221.6182 (phone)

            931.221.6306 (fax)

            PO Box 4428

            Clarksville, TN   37044

Information On Alternative Licensure Portfolios

Transitional License Matrix

Alternative Portfolio Reviews 2006-2013

Explanation of Licensure Information for Students on a Transitional License

Licensure Information for Candidates on Transisitonal License

Sample Transitional Letter