Teacher Licensure State Requirements - Kentucky

Become a Teacher in Kentucky

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Before becoming a licensed teacher in Kentucky, you must meet all of Kentucky’s teacher certification requirements, including:

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s or higher degree program with a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale for the last sixty (60) hours of undergraduate and graduate credit completed.
  • Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program and that is offered by a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Passing scores on all of the required Praxis II content and pedagogy exams.
  • Recency of study, meaning the teacher candidate must have completed a teacher education program or six additional hours of graduate coursework no more than five years before applying for certification.

Note: Once the above requirements have been met, a Limited One Year Eligibility Certificate may be issued. During the first year of employment, the educator must then complete the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) to become eligible for standard five-year certification.

Note: Listed requirements are current and are subject to change at any time, even during enrollment.

For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Kentucky, please check the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board website:
Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board Web site
(502) 564-4606
dcert@ky.gov

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