Kentucky Department of Education
Division of Educator Licensure and Quality
The Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness is responsible for issuing and renewing certificates for all Kentucky teachers and administrators.
Certification Specialists work closely with local school districts in the hiring process to ensure a properly credentialed educator in every professional position in Kentucky schools.
For additional information contact:
Division of Educator Certification and Preparation
Phone: (502) 564-4606
Fax: (502) 564-7092
Candidates Trained Outside of Kentucky
Does Kentucky have full reciprocity regarding teaching certification?
Reciprocity is a term often used when educators need to transfer their certification from one state to another. This does not mean, however, that a state with “reciprocity” will automatically grant the same certification as was held in another state, since each state has its own special requirements or regulations. Kentucky is part of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement; therefore, the state accepts recommendations from teacher preparation programs from state-accredited colleges and universities in many states. Cases are evaluated on an individual basis.
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.
Below you will find the application process when coming from out of state.
The CA-1 form can be located by creating/logging into your EPSB account, clicking on the Online Document Submission link under the My Profile section, and downloading application “A: Application for Kentucky Certification or Change in Salary Rank”.
Beginning May 1, 2019: applicants must upload their completed applications through the Online Document Submission portal located in your EPSB account. All documents required for the application except for transcripts are permitted to be uploaded through your account.
The $85.00 fee will need to be paid online through your EPSB account. If you need assistance with username/password resets or account registration, please contact our Help Desk at (502) 564-4606.
Submitting Official Transcripts:
Official Bachelor’s and Master’s/graduate (if applicable) transcripts must be submitted in addition to the application.
Transcripts are only considered official if submitted one of the following ways:
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601.
*Official transcripts that are mailed or dropped off at the office are NOT returned to the applicant.
Out of State Certificate:
Kentucky state regulation 16 KAR 4:030 requires out of state graduates to provide a copy of their out of state teaching certificate, or a printed copy from that state's website verifying that they have obtained certification in the state where their program was completed.
If you are supplying the verified two years of experience, the Kentucky PRAXIS tests are not required and you may skip that part of the application. If not supplying the experience requirement, the Kentucky PRAXIS requirements can be found on the ETS website. If you have tested outside of Kentucky, select the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (code 7283) to have ETS electronically submit your scores to our office. Out of state tests do not replace the required Kentucky PRAXIS tests unless they have the same PRAXIS test code.
PLEASE NOTE: Kentucky does NOT recognize teaching credentials which were gained in another state only by the passage of an assessment. Applicants must meet the requirements of Kentucky regulations regarding out-of-state preparation as found in 16 KAR 4:030.