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The Educator Licensure Policy 5.502 describes the use of professional development points (PDPs) for educator licensure advancement or renewal. Once educators staffed in a Tennessee public school enter their PDPs into TNCompass, appropriate district staff approve or deny PDPs based on state guidelines. If an educator is not staffed in a Tennessee public school at the time of application, the department of education will approve or deny PDPs based on state guidelines.

Educator licenses must be renewed on or before the date of expiration. To renew a professional license, an educator must earn 60 professional development points (PDPs). To earn PDPs, an activity must be related to improving educator effectiveness by:

1.developing content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, or pedagogical content knowledge; or
2.enhancing educator effectiveness (e.g., world language courses for those working with students for whom English is a second language, or coursework that supports understanding and use of data).

1 clock hour = 1 PDP 1 graduate/semester credit = 10 PDP

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For more information, visit the Tennessee Department of Education website.

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