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How to Become a Teacher in Kentucky: Teacher Certification

This is a general guide to the steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Kentucky. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

You can find information about teaching salaries in Kentucky here.

Traditional ways to get a Kentucky Teaching Certification

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college.
  2. Get some experience in the classroom. KY requires this -- even if it is unpaid such as student teaching.
  3. Pass the Principles of Learning & Teaching Test (PLT) and the Praxis II (subject area).
  4. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • $50 Check/money order payable to Kentucky State Treasurer
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      Education Professional Standards Board
      Division of Certification
      100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
      Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
      Call (502) 564-4606
  5. Renewing the Kentucky Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the Kentucky Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can earn the Teacher Intern License to teach in Kentucky. This will allow you to start teaching before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college
  2. Get a job within the Kentucky School District
  3. Completed Application
  4. Choose an alternative Kentucky preparation program
  5. Ask for Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
  6. Pass the Principles of Learning & Teaching Test (PLT) and the Praxis II (subject area)
  7. Call your university to find out where you must send your material

Sources:

  1. Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/
  2. Kentucky Department of Education, https://education.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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