How to Become a Teacher in Kentucky

Kentucky had a student population of about 675,000 for the 2011-2012 school year, an increase of more than 28,000 students from the previous year. The state employed 43,767 teachers for that same school year, showing a 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio. As the student body continues to grow, more Kentucky qualified educators will be needed. This article will outline the steps in becoming a teacher in Kentucky.

Education Requirements

Those who want to become a teacher in Kentucky must complete all necessary education requirements as defined by the Kentucky Department of Education. All prospective teachers must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and certification may be granted upon the completion of a four-year teacher preparation program or equivalent alternative training program.

Kentucky Teaching Certification

To qualify for initial certification, all Kentucky educators must complete an approved teacher preparation program, pass the required tests for their certification area, complete the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program, and submit all necessary forms and fees. The Kentucky General Assembly also provides alternative routes to teacher certification, which can be achieved through accelerated training programs, previous work and/or educational experiences, and other routes.

Required Tests

Upon completion of a four-year or alternative teacher preparation program, all Kentucky educators must pass the teacher preparation entry assessment that covers reading, writing, and mathematics. Prospective educators also need to pass any specialization and endorsement tests they wish to teach.

State Certification Reciprocity

All out-of-state applicants must meet Kentucky teacher preparation regulations, as defined by the Kentucky Administrative Regulations. Kentucky does not recognize out-of-state teaching certificates that have been granted by testing only, but it will accept recommendations from teacher preparation programs from accredited colleges and universities and evaluate all cases on an individual basis.

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Alice Lloyd College

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100 Purpose Rd
Pippa Passes, KY 41844
(606) 368-2101

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Asbury University

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1 Macklem Dr
Wilmore, KY 40390-1198
(859) 858-3511

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Bellarmine University

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2001 Newburg Rd
Louisville, KY 40205-0671
(502) 272-8263

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Berea College

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101 Chestnut Street
Berea, KY 40404-2182
(859) 985-3000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Brescia University

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717 Frederica St
Owensboro, KY 42301-3023
(270) 685-3131

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Campbellsville University

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1 University Dr
Campbellsville, KY 42718-2799
(270) 789-5000 Ext: 5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Eastern Kentucky University

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521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY 40475-3102
(859) 622-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Georgetown College

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400 East College Street
Georgetown, KY 40324-1696
(502) 863-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Kentucky Christian University

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100 Academic Pkwy
Grayson, KY 41143-1199
(606) 474-3000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Kentucky State University

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400 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601-2355
(502) 597-6000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Kentucky Wesleyan College

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3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 926-3111

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Lindsey Wilson College

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210 Lindsey Wilson St
Columbia, KY 42728-1223
(270) 384-2126

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Midway College

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512 E. Stephens St
Midway, KY 40347-1120
(859) 846-4421

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Morehead State University

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University Blvd
Morehead, KY 40351
(606) 783-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Murray State University

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218 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3318
(270) 809-3011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Northern Kentucky University

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Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
(859) 572-5100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Owensboro Community and Technical College

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4800 New Hartford Rd
Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 686-4400

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Spalding University

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901 S Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40203-2188
(502) 585-9911

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Thomas More College

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333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017-3495
(859) 341-5800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Transylvania University

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300 N Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797
(859) 233-8300

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
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