Teaching Degrees in Kentucky

If you are considering a teaching career in Kentucky, there are a few important aspects to consider, including:

  • The value of a master’s degree
  • Grant and scholarship programs
  • Kentucky teaching certification requirements

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully accredited teaching degrees in Kentucky.

Teaching Degrees in Kentucky

In Kentucky, prospective teachers must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in education that includes student teaching. Ten colleges and universities throughout the state offer teaching degrees in Kentucky. New teachers earn around $35,640 per year, and the average teacher salary in Kentucky is just under $49,000.

Over 57 percent of Kentucky teachers have achieved a master’s degree or higher. Teachers with these advanced degrees earn about $4,500 per year more than those who just have a four-year degree.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Kentucky

Teacher Scholarship Program
The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority provides up to $2,500 in scholarship funding per semester for Kentucky residents who are pursuing their initial teacher certification.

Early Childhood Development Scholarship
For college students pursuing a degree in early childhood education, The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority offers a $1,800 per year scholarship.

Minority Educator Recruitment and Retention Scholarship
The Kentucky General Assembly offers a competitive and renewable scholarship with a maximum of $5,000 per year for minority students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education.

University of Kentucky College of Education Scholarships
The University of Kentucky College of Education offers 66 different scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in an education related field.

University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development Scholarships
The University of Louisville offers fifteen different types of grants and scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students pursing degrees in education related subjects.

Morehead State Minority Teacher Scholarship
Morehead State University offers a $1,000 renewable scholarship for minority students with a teaching interest. It is a competitive scholarship that requires a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Eastern Kentucky University College of Education Scholarships
Eastern Kentucky University offers over 25 scholarship and grant opportunities for students of its College of Education.

Kentucky Teacher Certification

After earning a teaching degree in Kentucky, all teachers must become certified to teach in the state. There are several variations of certification available:

  • Base Teaching Certificates– Include interdisciplinary early childhood education, elementary school, middle school, secondary school, middle/secondary school, elementary/middle/secondary school and exceptional children.
  • Restricted Base Certificates- Include psychology, sociology, journalism, speech/media communication, theatre, dance, computer information systems and English as a second language.
  • Endorsements to Certificates– Include computer science, English as a second language, gifted education, driver education, literacy specialist/reading and instructional computer technology.

Certificate requirements include:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in education or four-year teacher preparation program
  • Recommendation from the university or college where program was completed
  • Passing score on the Praxis II Specialty Area test for each of the areas of certification desired, along with passing scores on the Principles of Learning and Teaching test for the grade range desired.
  • Verification of full-time classroom teaching experience

Important Note: Teachers transferring from another state must meet the educational, GPA, testing and internship requirements. If a teacher has two or more years in the classroom, the testing requirements may be waived. Once certified, educators in Kentucky must renew their certification every five years, with continuing education requirements as follows:

  • After the first five years of teaching, 15 hours of graduate level work or Phase I of CEO requirements
  • After the second five-year renewal, completion of an approved master’s degree, a 32 hour Fifth Year program or completion of CEO requirements
  • Each subsequent five-year renewal requires three years of classroom teaching or six semester hours of graduate credit

Additional Resources About Teaching in Kentucky

The following links will provide more information about teaching degrees in Kentucky and working as a teacher after graduation.

Kentucky Department of Education
Information about the public school system in Kentucky and teaching requirements.

Kentucky Department of Labor
Provides information about the job market in Kentucky, as well as information and job listings for Kentucky teachers.

Kentucky Association Professional Educators
A statewide professional teacher association that focuses on developing, retaining and recognizing accomplished educators.

Kentucky Education Association
A volunteer membership organization for school employees that advocates and lobbies for education funding, smaller class sizes and higher quality of education for all students.

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