Become a Teacher
To become a certified teacher in Kentucky, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.
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- Elementary Education: Must have a major in English, Math, Social Studies, or Science. "Major" means an academic area of concentration consisting of at least thirty (30) hours of coursework.
- Secondary English/Language Arts: Must have major in English. "Major" means an academic area of concentration consisting of at least thirty (30) hours of coursework.
- Secondary Mathematics: Must have major in Math. "Major" means an academic area of concentration consisting of at least thirty (30) hours of coursework.
- Secondary History/Social Science: Must have major in Social Studies. "Major" means an academic area of concentration consisting of at least thirty (30) hours of coursework.
- Secondary Science: Must have major in Science. "Major" means an academic area of concentration consisting of at least thirty (30) hours of coursework.
Alternative CertificationGraduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Information about alternative certification in Kentucky is coming soon!
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- Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Kentucky provides differential pay for teachers teaching in high needs schools and teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
- Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Kentucky has strong induction policies in place
- Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Kentucky makes $48,300
- Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Kentucky makes $50,040
- Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Kentucky makes 145% of the salary of the average worker in Kentucky
- Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Kentucky receives 15 weeks of vacation per year
Basic Skills Test
Subject Area Competence
- Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board
- Kentucky Teacher Tenure
- Troops to Teachers Kentucky: In Kentucky, Troops to Teachers is managed by the Kentucky Troops to Teachers Office
Kentucky Department of Education
- Education Professionals Standard Board
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