The Kentucky Department of Education's Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness, Division of Certification, is responsible for issuing and renewing certificates for all Kentucky teachers and administrators. The process for certification is outlined on their website along with contact information for questions.
EPSB staff works closely with local school districts in the hiring process to ensure a properly credentialed educator in every professional position in Kentucky schools. Staff also works with Kentucky colleges and universities, out-of-state institutions, and national evaluation agencies.
For additional information contact
Division of Certification, Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness
Phone: (502) 564-4606
Fax: (502) 564-7080
Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification
The Kentucky General Assembly, under KRS 161.048 has enacted alternative routes to teacher and administrator certification for persons who have demonstrated exceptional work and/or educational experiences. There are eight options for alternative teacher certification available through EPSB. Details on several programs are listed below. For more information about traditional and non-traditional pathways to initial certification, please visit Pathways to Teacher Certification.
Troops to Teachers
The Troops to Teachers (TTT) Program is managed by the Department of Defense for the purpose of assisting military members and veterans in the process of becoming full time teachers.
The minimum requirement to participate for counseling and referral is honorable military service for those still serving and an honorable discharge for veterans. Military and medical retirees are fully eligible for the program.
Teach for America
Teach For America (TFA) is a national nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supports outstanding recent college graduates and young professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity.
Teach for America has been partnering with schools in Eastern Kentucky since 2011. For more information about TFA’s work in Appalachia, please visit their Appalachia Regional website.