Kentucky is proactively making changes in their educational system that will benefit both students and teachers. They are implementing the Common Core Standards and PAARC testing; The state is determined to raise the academic level of Kentucky’s students up to par with the top performing schools in the nation.
Kentucky offers teachers a wide-range of grants and scholarships; the state also participates in federal student loan forgiveness programs. Kentucky also provides teachers with continuing education opportunities and offers a wealth of professional organizations that offer subject matter and pedagogical support. Kentucky is committed to ensuring teachers are successful, and so the state is willing to provide the resources necessary to make this happen.
Kentuckians are known for their mix of southern hospitality and Midwestern warmth – making Kentucky an excellent choice for any educator.
Math Teacher Certification in Kentucky
Math Teaching Qualifications
In order to qualify for initial certification in Kentucky, prospective teachers must have a bachelor’s degree, graduate from a state-approved teacher preparation program, pass the Praxis series of tests in the individual’s specified certification area, complete the Kentucky Teacher Internship program and submit the requisite certification forms.
Credentials & Exams
Kentucky offers three certification levels, catalogued according to “rank.” These include (in ascending order):
- Rank III is a provisional license issued to prospective teachers who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree.
- Rank II requires completion of a Master’s degree or (at minimum) 32 semester hours of graduate coursework.
- Rank I certification is issued to those teachers who have completed 60 semester hours or more of graduate credit, which may also include completion of a Master’s degree.
- Teachers must also be certified for the grade level and/or subject area they plan to teach.
- Finally, Kentucky uses the Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) to test for Basic Skills. The PPST is required for entry into some, but not all, teacher preparation programs. Kentucky also uses both the Praxis II: Subject Test and Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test for subject area competency.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Kentucky offers several alternative pathways to teacher certification, including:
- Exceptional Work Experience Certification
- Local District Training Program Certification
- College Faculty Certification
- Adjunct Instructor Certification
- Veterans of the Armed forces
- University-Based Alternative Route to Certification
- Institute Alternative Route to Certification
- Teach for America (TFA) Alternative Route to Certification
Financial Aid for KY Math Teachers
- The KHEAA Teacher Scholarship Program provides financial aid to highly-qualified Kentucky students pursuing initial teacher certification at participating Kentucky institutions.
- Minority Educator Recruitment and Retention Scholarship provides financial assistance up to a maximum yearly award of $5000 for minority students enrolled in teacher education programs, especially math or science, available at any of Kentucky’s eight state universities.
- The Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG) Program provides need-based grants to qualified Kentucky residents to attend the Commonwealth’s independent colleges.
- The Traineeship Program is for those seeking certification in early childhood or special education.
- Using funds provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Kentucky Wesleyan College has initiated a program to increase the number of graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Math Teaching Degrees in Kentucky
Below we've listed all of the Kentucky math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Kentucky Math Teachers
Kentucky Department of Education
500 Mero St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Common Core Standards adopted Feb. 2010; implemented 2011-12. Learn more about math standards for Kentucky here.
Teacher Shortages in MathKentucky reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in grades 5-8, 7-12 and 9-12.
Expenditure per Student: $9,891
Kentucky’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $9,891, or 89.4% of the national average. (Source: NEA)