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Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching - KAET

Published: 4/14/2020 3:26 PM

The KAET program was not funded for the 2020-2021 budget year. 

We will not be accepting new applicants at this time.

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has identified four priorities in its strategic plan: equity, achievement, collaboration and integrity. Providing all students with equitable access to effective, experienced and diverse educators is key to their achievement and success as members of a global society. Recruitment, development and retention of an effective, diverse and culturally competent educator workforce is an urgent goal for the success of each Kentucky student, educator, school/district and community.

The Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching (KAET) is designed to identify and prepare a pool of highly effective, experienced, and diverse educators poised to transition into the teaching profession in Kentucky's public schools.  KAET participants going through initial certification receive financial support and training as they are supported and mentored by experienced and effective educators. The program is a state funded effort supported by KRS 161.165 and KRS 161.167 to encourage and support a diverse applicant pool of persons entering the Kentucky teaching profession.

KAET is a renewable service award program to provide financial support and mentoring to pre-service teachers who are enrolled in an education professional standards board approved educator preparation program. 

Eligibility requirements to participate in KAET are as follows:

Undergraduate students

  1. You must be a United States citizen;
  2. You must be a Kentucky resident as defined by 13 KAR 2:045;
  3. You must be currently enrolled in an EPSB-approved educator preparation program for initial certification at an IHE in Kentucky;
  4. You must be  within 48 credit hours of completing an educator preparation program;
  5. You must not  currently hold a Kentucky professional teaching certificate;
  6. You must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0;
  7. You must have a minimum semester GPA of 2.75; and
  8. You must demonstrated financial need through having an expected family contribution (EFC) within the Pell eligibility range (approximately $5,700).

Graduate students

  1. You must be a United States citizen;
  2. You must be a Kentucky resident as defined by 13 KAR 2:045;
  3. You must be currently enrolled in an EPSB-approved educator preparation program for initial certification at an IHE in Kentucky;
  4. You must be  within 36  credit hours of completing an educator preparation program;
  5. You must not  currently hold a Kentucky professional teaching certificate;
  6. You must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0;
  7. You must have a minimum semester GPA of 2.75; and
  8. You must demonstrated financial need through having an expected family contribution (EFC) within the Pell eligibility range (approximately $5,700).

Participating institutions of higher education are listed below: 

​Alice Lloyd College
Midway University​​
​Asbury University
Morehead State University​
​Bellarmine University
​Murray State University
​Berea College
​Northern Kentucky University
​Brescia University
Spalding University
​Campbellsville University
​Thomas More University
​Eastern Kentucky University
​Union College
​Georgetown College
​University of Kentucky
​Kentucky Christian University
University of Louisville
​Kentucky State University
University of the Cumberlands
​Kentucky Wesleyan College​
Western Kentucky University​
Lindsey Wilson College​​






Justin Edwards
Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness
Division of Educator Recruitment and Development
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1479 Ext. 2131
Fax (502) 564-4007



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