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Educator Preparation

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Effective December 1, 2016, Kentucky is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).  As described on the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements website (, the “State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.” A list of SARA members states and institutions can be found at the following link:  

The Education Professional Standards Board has the authority and responsibility to “set standards for, approve, and evaluate college, university, and school district programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel” for Kentucky pursuant to KRS 161.028(1)(b). The EPSB’s process for approving educator preparation programs is generally set forth in 16 KAR 5:010 with the general requirements for all educator preparation programs set forth in 16 KAR 5:020 and 16 KAR 5:040. Specific requirements for educator preparation programs located out-of-state and on-line are set forth in 16 KAR 4:030. More Information...


The Division of Educator Preparation ensures that preparation programs for Kentucky educators meet established standards of quality. It facilitates the accreditation process, reviews programs and continuous assessment materials, and provides technical assistance for program improvement. It also coordinates the review of university-based alternative route to certification programs and is responsible for emergency program review. The Division of Educator Preparation also manages the Cooperating Teacher Payment Program which provides financial compensation for Kentucky teachers who supervise student teachers.

The EPSB Teacher Preparation Dashboard provides information regarding institutional selectivity of candidates, the performance of candidates on required new teacher assessments, the percent of candidates who achieve full certification in Kentucky, and the results of surveys of candidates and their supervisors regarding the effectiveness of the candidate's preparation. The DDB can be found by selecting this link: EPSB DDB.

Click here to go to the EPSB Data Dashboard


Contact the Division of Educator Preparation:

Dr. Ben Boggs, Division Director -

Allison Bell -

  • Educator preparation program approval
  • Educator preparation program accreditation

Dianna Carr - 

  • Educator preparation program reviews
  • Edmodo Cooperating Teacher Part A Training Certificates

Lauren Graves -

  • Admission and Exit reporting
  • CAEP Annual Report
  • Cooperating Teacher Training, Part A (Edmodo)
  • Title II
  • Assigns rights and roles for the Admission and Exit system and KFETS

Cathy Jackson -

  • Student teaching placements
  • Cooperating Teacher payments
  • University contact lists, assign roles and rights for student teaching placement application

Eve Proffitt -

  • Senate Bill 1 Unbridled Learning

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Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Phone: (502) 564-5789
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Fax: (502) 564-7080