Work-Based Learning

In an increasingly complex global economy, all students must be prepared with intellectual, technical, and social skills needed to compete and contribute meaningfully to their communities. For most, this will mean completing some postsecondary education or training; for all, it will mean learning about themselves and the world of work.

Work-based learning (WBL) is a proactive approach to bridging the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill careers in Tennessee. Students build on classroom-based instruction to develop employability skills that prepare them for success in postsecondary education and future careers. Through experiences like internships, apprenticeships, and cooperative education (co-op), juniors or seniors (16 years or older) may earn high school credit for capstone WBL experiences. WBL Coordinators are educators who are trained and certified to coordinate these WBL experiences for students.

The department is redesigning current WBL policies and developing new resources to help districts offer WBL experiences to their students. Updated policies will be implemented in the 2015-2016 school year.

WBL Training Information

The following training dates and recertification deadlines have been set for the 2014-15 school year:

Service Learning Training

  • Tuesday, September 30
    • Nashville, Martin Professional Development Center, 2400 Fairfax Avenue Nashville, TN 37212
    • Registration closes at 4 p.m. on September 19, 2014
  • Monday, Oct 20
    • Cumberland County Community Complex, 1398 Livingston Rd Crossville, TN 38555
    • Registration closes at 4 p.m. on October 6, 2014
  • Tuesday, Dec. 2
    • West Tennessee, Location TBD
    • Registration closes at 4 p.m. on November 18, 2014
  • Friday, Feb. 27
    • Middle Tennessee, Location TBD
    • Registration closes at 4 p.m. on February 13, 2014

Work-Based Learning Training (New Coordinators)

  • Monday, Nov. 10
    • Online Training
    • Registration and Pre-work are due by 4 p.m. on October 24, 2014
  • Friday, Feb. 6
    • Online Training
    • Registration and Pre-work are due by 4 p.m. on January 22, 2014
  • This training is part of a 3-step process. See below for additional information.

Work-Based Learning Recertification Deadlines (Renew an existing WBL Certificate)

  • Friday, September 5 (email submission)
  • Monday, Dec. 1 (email submission)
  • Monday, Feb. 16 (email submission)

Register here  for one of the dates above.  Registration closes two weeks prior to the training, or when the session has been filled.  Priority is given to teachers who have never earned the certificate and need it to offer a course for credit. 

Additional Information

Service Learning Training

This training is offered to teachers who want to use the Service Learning teaching methodology in their classes.  It also certifies a teacher to oversee the Service Learning course (6104) for credit.

Work-Based Learning Training (New Coordinators)

This training is offered to teachers who have never held a WBL Certificate from the Tennessee Department of Education. This training allows a teacher to become a WBL Coordinator and offer the Work-Based Learning Course for credit (6105, 6106, 6107) and is conducted in three parts:

  • Pre-work is submitted – Pre-work and related webinars are available on this website under WBL Coordinator Training Materials
  • Training is attended, and
  • Homework is completed and approved.
Work-Based Learning Recertification

WBL Certificates are valid for five years from the date of issue and may be renewed by completing the 2014-15 Recertification Packet. The 2014-15 Recertification Packet is located below under WBL Coordinator Training Materials.

  • Recertification Paperwork submitted between May 29 and Sept. 5, 2014 will be processed by Oct. 3, 2014.
  • Recertification Paperwork submitted between Sept. 6 and Dec. 1, 2014 will be processed by Jan. 5, 2015.
  • Recertification Paperwork submitted between Dec. 2 and Feb. 16, 2015 will be processed by March 16, 2015.

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Last Update: September 18, 2014