April 16, 2018

Kentucky Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $41,903
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $36,390

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Kentucky schools. Undergraduate coursework requirements vary considerably in Kentucky according to the subject area being taught. You will also need to complete a Kentucky-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs is available here:
Approved Programs
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification.


For teaching certification in Kentucky, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site | Praxis 1 Test
You’ll also need to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) portion of the
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Kentucky has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states. Kentucky belongs to the Interstate Certification Compact, the NASDTEC Interstate Contract, and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC).

Facts about Kentucky Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Kentucky for four years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Kentucky State Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Kentucky State Department of Education
100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Or you can call at (502) 564-4606.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Kentucky teacher certification process:

Kentucky Department of Education
Education Professional Standards Board