Students wishing to teach must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (see Teacher Education Program: Admissions Policy). Admission is contingent upon a cumulative grade point average of 2.75; passing the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators exam with the following minimum scores – Math -150, Reading- 156, and Writing- 162; submission of several recommendations; and a successful interview with the education program faculty members. To be recommended for certification, candidates completing the program must have a minimum 2.75 GPA overall and in their education courses; have a successful conference on their Program Portfolio; have a passing score on the PRAXIS exam; pass student teaching, with written evaluations from supervising and coordinating field teachers; and complete all other program requirements as defined by the Education Program.
Teaching certification requirements in Kentucky (and generally in the nation) are undergoing far-reaching reviews and changes. It is essential that the prospective teacher maintain a close and continuing liaison with academic advisors and advisors in the education program so that appropriate planning can include state-mandated changes and requirements.