Occupational Licensure

Thank you for your interest in the Occupational Licensure program at UT Martin. Below you will find information regarding our fully online program. Please, do not hesitate to ask questions. I wish you the best of luck with this opportunity.


Completed certification consists of 12 hours (four 3-hour credit online courses). CTE 290, CTE 300, CTE 303, and CTE 325. You have 3 years from the date of hire into the teaching position to complete the required 12-hour coursework.


Click on the above tabs for further detailed information.


STEP 1: To continue the process for admission to the Career/Technical Educators (CTE) program at UTM, the following will be required.

  1. Application for Admission (located on this website).
  2. Letter of Intent to Hire from the school system OR completion of the Intent to Hire Form (located on this website).
  3. Copy of your driver’s license for verification of in-state tuition.
  4. Request official transcripts to be sent to Jenny Hahn at jhahn@utm.edu to upload into TNCompass.

The application and Intent to Hire form are under the Application tab above.

  • Click on the tab “Application”. This will take you to the fillable PDF. You will need to print it off, and fax it back to 731-881-7984 or scan/email it back to occlic@utm.edu. Be sure to mark the semester you wish to start. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee that can be paid when you register for your classes. Any/all payments are made online.
  • If you do not have a Letter of Intent from the school system, you will need to access and return The Intent to Hire Form located under the “Application” tab. (Job-Embedded Occupational Practitioner License).

STEP 2: Once admitted, you will receive a 2nd step email with further information. This will include additional information to contact Jenny Hahn, in the UTM Education Department for further assistance with the requirements in the state’s online credentialing system, TNCompass. An active application in TNCompass is required to allow Ms. Hahn to verify your admission into the program.


STEP 3: Being accepted into an approved program is STEP 1. Registering for the class(es) is STEP 3. Eligibility for registration is based on (1) your hire date (2) when you wish to start and how many classes you wish to take per semester (3) if you will use financial aid. Assistance with course schedule, registration and payment information is provided each semester once this information has been provided.


Applications are being accepted for 2020. Semester dates are as follows:


Registration for Spring 2020 will open at 8am on Monday November 18, 2019.


Dates for Summer: June 1 - August 7, 2020

Dates for Fall: August 24 - December 11, 2020


The current fees for Academic year 2019-2020: each 3-hour course will be $1,257. This amount will be effective from August 1 2019-July 31 2019.


If needed, in the fall and spring UTM offers a payment plan to assist those students who need to extend their time for payment. The payment plan for spring and fall requires one fourth of deferrable fees plus a $30 service fee upon registration and the remaining payments are due by the 15th of each month.


If you would like to apply for financial aid you will need to fill out a FAFSA form. Here are the links to our Financial Aid web page, the link for creating a PIN that you will need before trying to complete the FAFSA and then a link itself to the FAFSA. To meet Federal guidelines and be eligible for financial aid, one is required to take 2 courses per semester (6 hours). Of course, more courses can be taken if one wishes.






If there are additional questions regarding the FAFSA or need further assistance with financial aid, please email Alivia Joes, ajoes@utm.edu or call 731-881-7935.


We look forward to assisting you.


Erica Bell Signature


Erica Bell, MBA, CC
Director of Educational Outreach
Office of Educational Outreach
The University of Tennessee at Martin
110 Gooch Hall/538 University Street
Martin, TN 38238
731.881.7089 (731.881.7984 fax)

Practitioner Occupational Education License Endorsement Courses

CTE 290 – Effective Instructional Strategies and Managing the Environment
Introduction to instructional strategies aimed at fostering a classroom environment which promotes student success and achievement through the integration of educational theory, classroom management techniques, as well as assessment. Topics presented will address lesson and unit plan construction, differentiated instruction to diverse learners, mastery of content knowledge, along with the importance of ongoing reflection and its relationship to professional learning. Discipline-specific literacy skills and strategies will be introduced.


CTE 300 – Students with Exceptionalities
An introductory course designed to provide an overview of the field of special education. Principles, characteristics, programs, special needs, legal requirements and instructional strategies, related to the education of students with exceptionalities. A deeper understanding of discipline-specific literacy skills and strategies will be covered, as well as, acronyms used in the state and region that are unique to the special education field.


CTE 303 - Diagnosis and Evaluation
Designed to develop skills in selecting, constructing, administering and interpreting instruments appropriate for assessing differing needs and achievement of students in the classroom. Criterion-based assessment and their classroom relevance will be reviewed. Instructor will continue to promote the use of academic and discipline-specific vocabulary.


CTE 325 - Educational Psychology
Introduction to the psychology of learning, motivation and social development. The course focus will be on the development of learning theory, psychological and environmental factors that influence learning and the validity of various learning paradigms. Academic and discipline-specific vocabulary will be covered.

According to the State Board Education’s Educator Licensure Policy 5.502 and Professional Assessments for Tennessee Educators Policy 5.105, all educators in Tennessee who are issued a practitioner occupational license on or after July 1, 2018, will be required to pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): Grades 7-12 in order to renew or advance their practitioner occupational license.


Once you have completed the required coursework, you will be required to take the Principles Learning Teaching (PLT)


Here are some resources to assist you:



  • New students pay a one-time $30 non-refundable application fee
  • The current cost of an online class is $1,257
  • Four-part payment plan available
  • State of TN Employee Fee Waivers are accepted
Endorsement Code
2-4 Cycle Engines 775
Aircraft Maintenance 773
Automotive 770
Aviation Ground School 774
Barbering 780
Broadcasting 710
Carpentry 706
Collison Repair 771
Concrete/Masonry 702
Cosmetology 781
Culinary Arts 730
Diesel Equipment 772
Distribution and Logistics 776
Drafting/CAD 700
Electrical 701
Endorsement Code
Fire Safety 751
Graphic Design 711
Health Informatics 721
Health Science 6-12 720
Health Science 7-12 723
HVAC 707
Information Technology 740
Legal and Protective Services 750
Manufacturing 760
Plumbing 703
Programming 742
Public Health 722
Trade & Industrial Education 6-12 761
Trade & Industrial Education 9-12 762
Welding 705

State of TN Licensure 101 or more information, click on a topic below:

Please click on the link below for assistance with Banner Web such as:

  • Adding a class
  • Address verification
  • Reviewing your course schedule

Erica Bell, MBA, CC
110 Gooch
538 University Street
Martin, TN 38238
731-881-7089 (office)
731-881-7984 (fax)

Becky Wilson
Program Resource Specialist
110 Gooch
538 University Street
Martin, TN 38238
731-881-7086 (office)
731-881-7984 (fax)

  1. After completion of the required 12 hours for Occupational Licensure will be to contact Ms. Jenny Hahn at jhahn@utm.edu or 731-881-7126. She will assist you with TnCompass and the final paperwork required for the state.
  2. In addition to the information Ms. Hahn will provide, once final grades have been posted you will need to request an official UTM transcript at http://www.utm.edu/departments/registrar/enroll.php

Thank you for allowing UT Martin to assist you in fulfilling your educational goals. We wish you the best!


If you have any other questions or need assistance, please let us know.