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Candidates Trained in Kentucky will need the following:

  • A completed TC-1 application form (.pdf)
  • OFFICIAL transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate coursework
  • Verification by the Superintendent or Personnel Director of full-time classroom teaching experience at the appropriate grade level(s) (Section 2 of TC-1 (.pdf))
  • Passing Praxis II Specialty Area test scores for EACH area of certification and the Principles of Learning and Teaching test score for appropriate grade range
  • Verification of completion of teacher preparation program from the preparing college or university (Section 4 of TC-1 (.pdf))
  • A $50 money order or certified check made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer" or applicants may also use EPSB "E-Pay" online payment service to pay certification fees once the completed application has been mailed.

Candidates Trained Out-of State will need the following:

  • A completed a TC-1 application (.pdf). Forward this application to your college for the completion of Section IV on page 5 of the TC-1 application (.pdf).
  • Passing Praxis II Specialty Area test scores for EACH area of certification (if less than two years of appropriate full-time teaching experience) and the Principles of Learning and Teaching test score for appropriate grade range.
  • Completion of TC-1 Section II by your superintendent, if you have out-of-state teaching experience.
  • A $50 money order or certified check made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer" or applicants may also use EPSB "E-Pay" online payment service to pay certification fees once the completed application has been mailed.
  • OFFICIAL transcripts of all college and graduate coursework sent to:
  • Division of Certification
    Education Professional Standards Board
    100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
    Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Additional Information: Out-of-state applicants must have completed a state approved teacher preparation program at a regionally accredited educator preparation institution or a state-approved alternative training program. In addition, candidates must comply with the state ancillary requirements such as GPA, testing and internship.

Out-of-state applicants who hold a valid certificate and have completed two years of teaching in the subject area and grade level on their certificate will be waived of the current testing requirements.

Candidates Trained Outside the U.S. will need the following:

  • A four-year bachelor's degree teacher preparation program which includes a sequence of professional education courses
  • Practice teaching or student teaching component
  • A cumulative 2.5 grade point average or 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Copy of foreign teaching credential
  • A teaching area recognized by Kentucky as an area of certification

Additional Information: Applicants with foreign training must meet the same academic requirements as applicants trained in the United States and submit the documentation listed above. A course-by-course evaluation MUST also be submitted from one of the approved evaluation agencies indicating that the foreign degree(s) meet(s) the above criteria. In addition to the approved agencies seen via the links above and below, EPSB also recognizes course-by-course evaluations conducted by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. (http://www.aacrao.org/)

Link to Approved Credential Evaluation Agencies

Statement of Eligibility (SOE) Renewal (Teacher)

  • The SOE allows candidates five years to apply and receive employment as a teacher in a Kentucky school. During the first year of employment, the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) must be successfully completed.
  • If the internship is not completed within the five (5) year period, the applicant may renew the SOE by repeating and passing the assessment program in effect for new teachers at that time or by completing a minimum of six (6) graduate hours toward completion of a graduate program required by administrative regulations promulgated by the Education Professional Standards Board.
  • The option for renewal through completion of graduate hours shall be available only for the first renewal.

Teacher Certification Renewal

First 5-year renewal requires:
  • Completion of a TC-2 (.pdf) application; and
  • Completion of 15 graduate hours or half ofthe CEO requirements; and
  • The signature of the superintendent verifying your three years of teaching experience OR
    an OFFICIAL transcript of the courses you have completed for renewal and the recommendation from the college of education official (if applicable).
  • Payment of a $50 money order or certified check made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer". Applicants may also use EPSB "E-Pay" online payment service to pay certification fees once the completed application has been mailed.

Second 5-year renewal requires:

  • Completion of a TC-1 (.pdf) application; and
  • Completion of an approved Master’s degree or an approved Fifth Year program (32 graduate hours) or completion of CEO requirements; and
  • The signature of the superintendent verifying your three years of teaching experience OR
    an OFFICIAL transcript of the courses you have completed for renewal and the recommendation from the college of education official (if applicable).
  • Payment of a $50 money order or certified check made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer". Applicants may also use EPSB "E-Pay" online payment service to pay certification fees once the completed application has been mailed.

Subsequent 5-year renewals require:

  • Completion of a TC-2 (.pdf) application; and
  • Completion of three years of classroom teaching during the last 5-year period of the certificate OR six semester hours of additional graduate credit; and
  • The signature of the superintendent verifying your three years of teaching experience OR
    an OFFICIAL transcript of the courses you have completed for renewal and the recommendation from the college of education official (if applicable).
  • Payment of a $50 money order or certified check made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer". Applicants may also use EPSB "E-Pay" online payment service to pay certification fees once the completed application has been mailed.

Additional Information: Educators may also complete Rank I and additional certifications as part of the renewal requirements.

Division of Certification
Education Professional Standards Board
100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

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