Teaching Education Degrees in Kentucky

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University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website
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To work as a teacher in Kentucky, you must complete a 4-year teacher preparation program, submit a recommendation from the college in which the program was completed, pass a Praxis II exam for each certification and pass a criminal background check.

If you're interested in becoming a teacher or are a teacher in need of certification, Kentucky has many schools and teaching programs from which to choose.

  • 5 teaching programs in Kentucky accredited by CAEP
  • 1 CAEP-accredited Bachelor's degrees
  • Consider an Online M.Ed., as there are 0 CAEP-accredited Master's degrees in Kentucky

The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board requires certified teachers in Kentucky to possess a Bachelor's degree with at least a GPA of 2.5 (or a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework), and graduate from a Kentucky approved teacher preparation program.

Requirements to Teach in Kentucky

It is possible for those who complete a teacher program form outside Kentucky to be a candidate for teacher certification in Kentucky. Kentucky is a NASDETEC Interstate Agreement member. As long as the program is through a regionally accredited university or college in another member state, Kentucky accepts the credits. Foreign country educators have a course-by-course evaluation of academic credits by an approved credential agency.

Certificates correspond to the training programs teachers complete. They include

  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Secondary School
  • Middle/Secondary School
  • Elementary/Middle/Secondary School
  • Exceptional Children

Before acceptance in a teacher preparation program at a university or college, it is likely; the candidate must pass the Praxis: Basic Skills tests in mathematics, writing, and reading.

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Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website
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Scholarships/Financial Aid Available

Kentucky scholarships lean considerably towards helping those who have graduated. They are not the only source of financial aid available to Kentucky residents. Each college offers its own type of financial assistance.
Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky have information pages on their websites about student financial assistance. The resources found on the sites assist with questions about the financial aid process, aid available at the universities, and scholarships.

The Kentucky Department of Education has information on its website about education tuition assistance opportunities. They include:

The scholarship program awards financial aid meant to recruit qualified residents of Kentucky to pursue initial certificates at Kentucky institutions that participate. Applicants have to demonstrate financial need and be a Kentucky resident, enrolled full-time.

A college or university financial aid office will have information about the TEACH grant. Funds to help defray tuition costs at a state institution that offers IECE certification are available through traineeships for administrators and teachers. They pursue the initial certificate as they work with disabled children in the state-funded Head Start or preschool program.

Requirements to Qualify for In-State Tuition

Earning Kentucky in-state tuition is tough. An essential condition is the ability to pay one's way. Unless one has a well-paying job in Kentucky that affords little or no time to attend college, applicants are generally out of luck.

Kentucky is an Academic Common Market member that has a limited agreement of reciprocity with the select Southern States. Favorable tuition rates may be possible though many restrictions apply. Every university has policies and implementations of its own. In general, candidates for in-state tuition

  • Can stay in Kentucky with limited absences during the domicile period
  • Can sever ties to another state and establish residency in Kentucky
  • Lives off-campus
  • Is willing to attend school no more than half-time
  • Considers a gap-year
  • Is gainfully employed and meets weekly hour requirements of the school
  • Financially supports self and pays 100% of expenses
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School Level Program Admissions

University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website

George Mason University

Master Master of Education in Special Education Website
CAEP Accredited Teaching Programs

List of the Best CAEP Accredited Teaching Degrees in Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond
CAEP
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology NASP
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Special Education – Learning and Behavior Disorders - Undergraduate CEC
  • Post Bachelors in Special Education – Learning and Behavior Disorders – Post Baccalaureate CEC
The University of Kentucky
Lexington
CAEP
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology NASP
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green
CAEP
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology NASP

Online Teaching Degrees in Kentucky

Asbury University offers an elementary education P-5 undergraduate program through its Adult Professional Studies division. Students can choose to focus on writing, communications, humanities, literature, mathematics, foreign language, science, philosophy, music/art history or social sciences.

Eastern Kentucky University offers an online Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) with concentrations in elementary education, gifted education, instructional leadership, library science, literacy P-12, middle school education and special education.

Bachelor’s in Education Degrees in Kentucky

Asbury University, a NCATE-CAEP-accredited school, has a College of Education that runs year round to accommodate its students. It offers bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs to meet the needs of students interested in teaching. AU students who enroll in the elementary school P-5 bachelor degree program can choose concentrations in English, fine arts, English as a second language, mathematics, learning and behavior disorders, social studies, science or foreign languages. The middle school 5-9 program offers similar concentrations. AU also offers majors in P-12 education and secondary education 8-12 with several areas of emphasis.

Eastern Kentucky University offers bachelor degree programs in elementary education, middle school education, special education/early childhood education, education of the deaf and hard of hearing, and learning and behavior disorders. These four-year programs prepare teachers for licensure to teach students in those specific schools or programs.

The University of Kentucky offers a Bachelor of Arts in Education program with focus on either secondary English education or secondary social studies education as well as a Bachelor of Science in Education with emphasis on exercise science or communication sciences and disorders. Other teaching bachelor degree programs can be found at Midway College and Transylvania University.

Master’s in Education Degrees in Kentucky

Asbury University offers a Master of Arts in Education with minors in English as a Second Language Endorsement; Learning and Behavior Disorders; Literacy Specialist P-12 and Teacher as a Leader. The Master in Arts in Teaching program offers emphasis areas of biological sciences 8-12, chemistry 8-12, English 8-12, social studies 8-12, French 8-12, middle school 5-8, English as a second language, and learning and behavior disorders, among others.

Eastern Kentucky University offers master degree programs in areas like middle grade education, instructional leadership, secondary education, elementary education, learning and behavior disorders, literacy and communication disorders. Master degree students complete course work and are generally required to complete a senior project or thesis. The University of Kentucky offers Master of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in Secondary Education with several areas of specialization.

Kentucky Teacher Certification & Specializations

A learning and behavior disorders dual-certification program is available to Asbury University students who major in P-12, elementary or middle school education. AU also offers a 36-hour principal licensure/instructional supervisor dual certification program.

Eastern Kentucky University offers certification programs in level 1 principal and school media librarianship as well as one in special education with focus on LBD certification, IECE certification, DHH certification and MSD certification.

EKU also offers endorsement programs for gifted education, literacy, supervision of instruction and director of pupil personnel endorsement. These programs are all offered online. University of Kentucky offers certification programs in elementary education, middle school education, special education, kinesiology, interdisciplinary early childhood education, special education and STEM education.