Kentucky Teacher Certification:
7 Paths to Success

Kentucky teacher certification may be earned through any of seven alternatives routes.

The first option is for those with exceptional work experience, i.e. career changers.

If you have already earned a bachelor's degree or higher, have ten years work experience, and a degree in the subject area to be taught, you may qualify.

Second, there are local district training programs.

To qualify, you need a bachelor's degree, a passing score on written tests in your content area, and either 30 hours of course work or 5 years experience in the field.

Third, you may qualify for college faculty certification if you have a master's degree and 5 years of teaching experience in the subject to be taught.

Fourth, adjunct instructor certification is available to those with expertise in a specific subject area.

You also need a standing job offer and the appropriate prior education, and this certificate does not lead to permanent Kentucky teacher certification.

Fifth, veterans of the armed forces may qualify with six years of service, a bachelor's degree, and passing scores on subject area tests.

Sixth, university-based alternative paths to certification are available which allow candidates to work as teachers while completing requirements for a teaching license.

See a list of approved colleges and universities by going to

Last, career changers may qualify for the university institute alternative route.

You will need a bachelor's degree, minimum GRE scores, and a current offer of employment.

If you plan to teach in the state of Kentucky, and you believe you may qualify for one or more of the above alternative pathways to licensure, contact the Division of Educator Preparation:

100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Phone: (502) 564-4606
Toll Free: (888) 598-7667
Fax: (502) 564-7080

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