Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL) activities are part of a structured system, open to all students, at the high school level. The activities allow students to apply classroom theories and explore career options at the work site, as well as connect classroom learning to work.

Work-based learning is not a class. It is a method of instruction that enhances a related class in which a student is enrolled. Credit earned in work-based learning is through the regular class in which the student is enrolled at the same time as the WBL experience. The credit is recorded as an additional credit in that class. The WBL experience does not replace the regular class instruction time.

Only juniors or seniors (16 years or older) may utilize the WBL method for credit. Special education students need to be at least 16 years of age to participate in WBL for credit, but the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team will determine the appropriate grade level.

Students or parents interested in receiving information about work-based learning opportunities available through their schools can do so by speaking with a teacher in the field of interest or a school counselor. Businesses or industries interested in offering WBL opportunities may contact schools—relevant administrators and/or teachers—in their areas to explore the WBL options and requirements.

WBL coordinators are educators who are trained and endorsed to coordinate school-based and work-based experiences for students. Much of the information on this web page provides information to educators who are approved WBL coordinators or who are interested in becoming an approved coordinator.

Introduction Webinar: Work-Based Learning (Jan. 16, 2014)

WBL Training Information

New WBL Coordinator Training

New WBL Coordinators are teachers who have never completed the state-approved WBL training.

2014 Training

July 11, 2014, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Nashville Music City Center, 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Register here by June 27. 

Note: Your registration will reserve your place, but you must also submit the Pre-Work for New WBL Coordinator Training by 4 p.m. CST on June 27 to keep your reservation. 

Training questions? Email WBL.Training@tn.gov

Renewing WBL Coordinator Recertification

Renewing WBL Coordinators are teachers who have completed the state-approved WBL training, but not within the past five (5) years.

WBL Recertification does not require in-person training.  The 2013-14 Recertification Packet is located below under WBL Coordinator Training Materials.

Training Deadlines
  • Recertification Paperwork completed by May 28, 2014 will be processed by June 25, 2014.
  • Recertification Paperwork submitted between May 29 and September 5, 2014 will be processed by October 3, 2014.

WBL Coordinator Training Materials

WBL Coordinator Resources

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Last Update: June 5, 2014