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To become a certified teacher in Kentucky, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

Kentucky’s Education Professionals Standards Board mandates that all in-state teaching candidates meet the following requirements:

  • Submit completed application and all official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Pass all necessary Praxis II exams for areas of certification.
  • Verification of full-time classroom teaching experience (at appropriate grade levels) by the personnel director or superintendent.
  • $50 non-refundable money order or certified check made payable to the Kentucky state treasurer. Applicants may also use the Education Professional Standards Board’s E-Pay system.
  • Out-of-state applicants must have Section II of application completed by their superintendent to verify out-of-state teaching experience.

Please send all official transcripts and coursework to:

      Education Professional Standards Board

      Division of Certification

      100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor

      Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Kentucky Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

IAll states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Here are Kentucky’s undergraduate prerequisites for some of the most popular specialty areas:

  • 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.

Kentucky Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates 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!

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Kentucky, visit our Kentucky Teacher Scholarships page.

Kentucky Required Tests

Basic Skills Assessment: PPST

The Kansas Department of Education requires all teaching candidates to pass a Teacher Preparation Entry Assessment (Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test) to enter into a state-approved teacher preparation program.

Certification Area

Required Test(s)

Qualifying Score

Preparation Program

Praxis I: Mathematics

174

Content Assessment: Praxis II Exams

Certification Area

Required Test(s)

Qualifying Score

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

166

Elementary Education

Multiple Subjects

  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • and
    Principles of Teaching & Learning: K-6

165
164
155
159
160

Middle School: English

Middle School English Language Arts, and
PLT: Grades 5-9

158
160

Middle School: Math

Middle School Mathematics, and
PLT: Grades 5-9

148
160

Middle School: Science

Middle School Science,
and
PLT: Grades 5-9

144
160

Middle School: Social Studies

Middle School Social Studies, and
PLT: Grades 5-9

149
160

Secondary Education

content assessments

Exceptional (Special) Education

Certification

Required Test

Qualifying Score

Communication Disorders (P-12)

Speech-Language Pathology

600

Hearing Impaired (P-12)

Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

160

Hearing Impaired with Sign Proficiency (P-12)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, and
Education Sign Skills Evaluations, or
Sign Communication: Proficiency Overview

Intermediate Level

Learning & Behavior Disorders* (P-12)

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications

158

Moderate & Severe Disabilities* (P-12)

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications

158

Visually Impaired (P-12)

Impairments

163

*Those pursuing certification in Learning & Behavior Disorders and/or Moderate & Severe Disabilities are not required to take the Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications Assessment.

Kentucky Certification Reciprocity

Kentucky will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Kentucky Teacher Salary

  • 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

Applying for Certification

Kentucky Department of Education Vacancies

The Kentucky DOE provides teaching candidates with an up-to-date list of available job openings within the public school system. Applicants can view each job’s responsibilities, salary range and application requirements. DOE Vacancies does not have the option to apply directly online, but provides applicants with the necessary contact information.

Kentucky Educator Placement Service (KEPS)

KEPS is an online database that provides potential Kentucky teachers with access to job vacancies within local schools and school districts. After registering for a free account, applicants upload their contact information and teaching credentials, which also allows districts to search for suitable teaching candidates.

Background Check

The Kentucky Department of Education does not require teaching candidates to undergo a fingerprinting or background check as grounds for initial licensure. Background check examinations may be required by local school districts.

Kentucky Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Kentucky.

Contact Information

      Kentucky Department of Education

      Education Professionals Standard Board

      100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor

      Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

      (502) 564-4606 – Contact

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