Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Teacher Certification
Kentucky teacher certification is based upon the completion of a teacher preparation program that includes student teaching and testing when applicable. Kentucky requires a recommendation from the certification official at the college/university (where the applicant completed his/her initial teacher preparation program) regarding the specific teacher preparation program completed, grade level, degree level, and completion date of the program.
ALL applicants must submit the following documents to the WKU Office of Teacher Certification (Gary A. Ransdell Hall 2054, 270-745-4300):
WKU cannot accept certification fees. The certification fees should be paid directly through Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness (OELE) e-Pay system at www.kyepsb.net. Formerly Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB).
The PRAXIS II examination is required by Kentucky. All student teacher candidates are required to attend a meeting before beginning the student teaching semester. Specific testing requirements are discussed at this meeting. For additional information on testing requirements, please refer to the Kentucky OELE web page.
Undergraduates should take the required PRAXIS II exams in the semester prior tostudent teaching.
WKU receives PRAXIS scores from the ETS approximately one month after the test date, at the same time that students receive their reports. The scores are usually available to view on TopNet within a week after the Office of Teacher Certification has received them. Students may log on to TopNet, select “Student Services,” click on “Registration,” and then click on “View Test Scores and Course Eligibility.” If the scores are not listed, the student must furnish a copy of the scores to the Office of Teacher Certification.
Once the application is processed, it will be submitted directly to Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness (OELE) in Frankfort. All applicants for advanced/additional or initial certification or endorsement, please visit Kentucky’s OELE website (www.kyepsb.net) to pay the certification fee online.
Applicants with incomplete applications receive correspondence from the WKU Office of Teacher Certification regarding materials received and items required for completion of the application process; however, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure all required documents have been received by the Office of Teacher Certification.After the approved application has been submitted to Kentucky’s OELE, candidates may track the progress of the application by logging on to the OELE web site (www.kyepsb.net). OELE will issue a professional license for those seeking initial certification, or issues a new certificate for those seeking an advanced/additional certification or endorsement, and will notify the student in approximately three-four weeks, when their certificate is ready to download and print.
- An approved Program of Study form
- Official undergraduate transcript(s) showing degree posted
- Completed CA-TP form (obtained from the District’s Central Office) signed by the superintendent showing verification of employment (or intent to hire) in an approved classroom
Once the CA-TP Form has been processed and approved, it will be submitted directly to the Kentucky OELE. This certificate is only good for one year (renewable twice for a total of three years), and is only in effect as long as the individual is pursuing the master's degree and employed as a teacher. Students must take and pass all required PRAXIS exams and be ready to begin the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) like experience before a third Temporary Provisional Certificate may be issued.