Tennessee Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf


K-12 Licensure 

How to apply CLICK HERE.


If you have any questions please email: Education.Licensing@tn.gov

K-12 Educational Licensure Information

***Please note: Links change because the Department of Education updates their site.  If a link does NOT work, please contact a webmistress by clicking HERE.  You may also find forms by doing a search on the Tennessee Department of Education website.***

A new license for educational interpreters has passed. 

        Tennessee Board of Education Rule 0520-01-02-.03(10)(l)


       Tennessee Board of Education Policies 5.4 and 5.502 Section 4(g)



 To obtain a license, an individual must fill out the application (https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/forms/form_lic_school_educational_interpreter.pdf) and satisfy all the requirements. The requirements for licensure are:

  •          Hold a bachelor’s degree


  •          Hold a current, nationally recognized certification that includes a written examination related to ethics and practice


  •          Pass the written portion and earn a minimum score of 3.5 on the performance assessment of the Educational Interpreter Proficiency Assessment (EIPA)

See State Board of Education Policy 5.502 for information


School systems will be making an effort to hire licensed interpreters. Beginning January 1, 2021, should a school system be unable to hire a licensed educational interpreter, individuals may be hired as non-licensed educational interpreters with the following qualifications: pass the written portion of the EIPA and a minimum of 3.0 on the performance assessment.

Individuals currently working within schools in an educational interpreter position who do not meet the requirements for licensure must pass the written portion of the EIPA and obtain a minimum 3.0 score on the performance portion of the assessment on or before January 1, 2021. 

See Tennessee Board of Education Rule 0520-01-02-.03(10)(l)


Office of Educator Licensing

Tennessee Department of Education

12th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower

710 James Robertson Parkway

Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: (615) 532-4885

Fax: (615) 532-1448


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