Prerequisite Coursework in Kentucky
All states require at least a bachelor’s degree to teach. Certification to teach elementary school (grades 1-6) requires coursework in all subject areas taught in elementary school. Kentucky requires that middle school (grades 5-9) teachers have a major in either English, math, social studies, or science.
Kentucky also requires a period of supervised student teaching. Specialty subject areas such as music and art may have additional specific requirements. Contact the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board for more information.
Kentucky Teacher Certification Programs
Teacher certification programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Kentucky can be found on Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board webpage.
Required Tests for Kentucky
Most states require tests to show competency in basic skills as well as in the desired subject area. Kentucky uses the PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) for basic skills (required for entry into some teacher preparation programs), and both the Praxis II: Subject Tests and Praxis II PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) test for subject area competence.
You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting Teach.coms’ Ultimate Guide to the Praxis Exams and read more about teacher certification tests on Teach.com.
Initial Teaching Certifications
To earn your Kentucky teaching credential you will have to complete required undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program.
Kentucky issues three levels of certification:
- Rank III is the provisional certificate issued to new teachers with a bachelor’s degree.
- Rank II requires completing a master’s degree.
- Rank I requires a masters and 30 semester hours of graduate credit or NBPT standards.
Learn more about getting your teaching credential on Teach.com.