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.
12 course units are required, distributed among 2 teaching fields chosen from English/communication, mathematics, science or social studies. There are specific requirements in each teaching field. It is essential that students seeking middle grades certification check with the education faculty when choosing courses to meet these requirements.