In Kentucky, the requirements for a teaching job include graduation from an accredited university with at least a Bachelor's degree and graduation from a teacher preparation program. Then you must be certified by the state by providing proof that you have passed the appropriate teacher certification exams. For example, in order to become an elementary teacher, you have to pass the Praxis 11 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge Exam with a score of 161 and the Principles of Teaching and Learning exam with a score of 148. You do need to contact the state licensing agency to ensure you take the correct exams for the grade level and content area in which you want to teach. These requirements apply even if you have a teaching certificate from another state.
There are also alternative routes you can take to meet the requirements of a teaching job in Kentucky. One of the options that will give you a teaching certificate in this state is to have exceptional work experience with children. You will still need to hold a Bachelor’s degree, but if your major concentration for that degree is not in a subject taught in the school curriculum, you can pass the Praxis exam for that content area. For this option, your record of work experience will suffice instead of graduation from a teacher-training program. You do, however, have to provide recommendations from at least three employers attesting to the fact that you are an exceptional teacher. You must also have an offer of employment from a school district in the state, which will usually occur if you have the qualifications needed to teach one of the areas for which there is a shortage of teachers.
If you hold a Master’s degree and have taught in a college with the appropriate certification required for college faculty, then you also meet the requirements for teaching jobs in Kentucky. In this situation, you will receive a provisional teaching certificate that is valid for only one year. After completion of one year of successful teaching experience, you will automatically receive the Professional Teaching Certificate. Other options for meeting these requirements through alternative routes is through local school district training where you are working towards achieving graduation from a teacher preparation program. Participation in the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program is a must in order to receive a Provisional Teaching Certificate.
If you want to work as a substitute teacher in Kentucky, there are requirements for teaching jobs in this area. You must already hold a valid teaching certificate for the state or be eligible to receive one. As a substitute teacher, though, you will only be able to work on a call in basis. You will only have the certificate to teach in the schools on a call in basis only. If there are replacement, part-time or contract positions that become available, you need a full-time teaching certificate in order to be hired for one of them.
Once you do obtain a teaching position, you can advance in your career by meeting the requirements for teaching jobs as administrators, specialists and coordinators at the district level. Each of these require that you hold a Master’s degree or higher and that you pass the appropriate teacher certification exams.