Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 49: Education

Chapter 5: Personnel

Part 5: Teachers' Tenure

TCA 49-5-503: Tenure.

Any teacher who meets all of the following requirements is eligible for "tenure":

(1) Has a degree from an approved four-year college or any career and technical teacher who has the equivalent amount of training established and licensed by the state board of education;

(2) Holds a valid teacher license, issued by the state board of education, based on training covering the subjects or grades taught;

(3) Has completed a probationary period of five (5) school years or not less than forty-five (45) months within the last seven-year period, the last two (2) years being employed in a regular teaching position rather than an interim teaching position;

(4) Has received evaluations demonstrating an overall performance effectiveness level of "above expectations" or "significantly above expectations" as provided in the evaluation guidelines adopted by the state board of education pursuant to SC 49-1-302, during the last two (2) years of the probationary period; and

(5) Is reemployed by the director of schools for service after the probationary period.

History: Acts 1951, ch. 76, SC 3 (Williams, SC 2345.3); modified; Acts 1971, ch. 22, SCSC 1, 2; 1977, ch. 33, SC 1; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), SC 49-1402; Acts 1987, ch. 308, SC 25; 2011, ch. 70, SC 7.