Learn how to become a teacher in Kentucky (or administrator). Choose the description of certification you are most interested in or situation that best describes you:
|Avg. Elem. Teacher Salary||$48,300|
|Avg. Sec. Teacher Salary||$50,040|
|Teacher Retention (?)||96%|
|Average Admin. Salary||$80,190|
Investing in our future is vitally important and strangely difficult. In order to fight oppression from the greedy and power-hungry elite, to better our ways of life with advancing technology, and to increase our country's overall views toward the concept of acceptance, we need education to be a priority. Learn how you can be a spoke in this terribly important wheel. See how Kentucky measures up to the rest of the country by viewing the percentage of state revenue going toward education in each state. (see State Education Spending vs. Overall State Revenue).
The Kentucky Department of Education reported that in the 2009-10 school year, there were 44,023 public school teachers serving 644,963 public school students in the state. This represents a 1:14.6 teacher-student ratio. That year, Kentucky ranked twelfth in the nation in terms of the number of new teaching certificates issued. Almost five percent of Kentucky’s teachers that year were certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which signifies that these program graduates demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching. Find schools offering teaching certification programs in Kentucky.
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The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (502-564-5846) requires that all certified teachers in the state possess at least a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.5 total GPA (or 3.0 on the last 60 semester hours of coursework), and graduate from an approved program of teacher preparation in Kentucky.
If you completed a teacher preparation program outside of Kentucky, you are still a possible candidate for Kentucky teacher certification. Because Kentucky is a member of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, as long as your program was through a regionally accredited college or university in another state that is a NASDTEC member, the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board will accept your credits.
If you completed your educator preparation program in a foreign country, you must have a course-by-course evaluation of your academic credits performed by one of these approved credential evaluation agencies.Certification Options
Endorsements offered in each of these areas are listed in the Examinations section below.
For a synopsis of the assessment requirements for teachers in Kentucky, visit the Praxis website.
Basic skills testing:
Before you are accepted into a Kentucky teacher preparation program at a college or university, you will most likely be required to pass the Praxis I Basic Skills tests in reading, writing and mathematics. Contact your school advisor for more information on this requirement.
As an applicant for teacher certification in Kentucky, you must complete a verifiable student teaching internship experience. This experience must be documented on your Application for Kentucky Certification and signed by the superintendent of the school where you served your internship. Your student teaching internship must be appropriate to the grade level and/or content area in which you plan to teach, and must be full-time.
During your student teaching experience, you can expect to lead the class, prepare and implement lesson plans, and assist and observe a classroom teacher, who will also be monitoring, assessing, and offering feedback on your classroom performance. The length of your student teaching experience will vary depending upon the policies of your college or university’s teacher preparation program.
The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board does not require a criminal history background check for teacher certification. However, such a check is mandatory before any Kentucky school will hire you to work with children in any capacity. Most Kentucky public and private schools use the AOCFastCheck online system to conduct criminal history background checks in a more effective and faster manner. This online system is conducted through the Administrative Office of the Courts. Applications for background checks are also still accepted in-person and via mail. For more information, contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at AOC Records Unit, 100 Millcreek Park, Frankfort, KY 40601 or by phone at 800-928-6381.
If you’re interested in more information on Kentucky colleges and universities that house approved teacher preparation programs, contact the Division of Educator Preparation at 502-564-4606.
For more information on educator certification in Kentucky, contact the Division of Certification at 502-564-5846.
**Teacher Retention Sources - U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education, Statistics Schools and Staffing Survey, 1999–2000 (“Public School Teacher Questionnaire,” “Private School Teacher Questionnaire,” and “Public Charter School Teacher Questionnaire”), and 2000–01 Teacher Follow-up Survey (“Questionnaire for Current Teachers” and “Questionnaire for Former Teachers,” Table 1.01). Washington, DC.
State estimations based on analysis by Richard Ingersoll, Professor of Education and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, from the National Center for Education Statistics Student and Staffing Survey, and therefore include a slight margin of error.