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;
successfully completing a general knowledge assessment. Candidates may choose one of the following assessment options:
The ACT with a composite score of 22 or the corresponding minimum scores: Reading-20; English-18; Math-19;
The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) exam with the corresponding minimum scores: Reading-156; Writing-162; Math 150;
The applicant may use a combination of the ACT and CASE minimum scores;
If an applicant has a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, the applicant can be admitted if within 5 points of one or more of the corresponding minimum Praxis CASE scores only: Reading-151; Writing-157; Math-145
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.