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Certificate types and their usages

Certificate Types


Their Usages

Educational professional standards board
Educational Professional Standards Board

  • Established as part of the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act to oversee the education profession.

  • The standards and accreditation agency for Kentucky teachers and administrators and for programs of education at Kentucky colleges and universities.


Hq status and certification
HQ Status and Certification

Under NCLB, “Highly Qualified” involves the “Three-legged stool”

  • Full state certification

  • Mastery of subject matter

  • Baccalaureate level degree

  • NOTE: HOUSSE Index has not been phased out by EPSB.


Full certificate types
FULL Certificate Types

Professional (formerly Provisional or Standard)

  • Completion of complete teacher education program & KTIP, either by regular or alternative route

  • Issued for 5-year terms

  • Must have MA degree within 10 years; then renewable by 3yr experience


  • Teacher from out of country working on MOA with KDE

  • 3 year limit


Full certificate types1
FULL Certificate Types

Provisional Internship

  • Statement of eligibility cannot be used as a certificate so confirmation of employment is required

  • This is then issued for one-year term to allow completion of KTIP (apply early to insure KTIP participation)


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FULL Certificate Types

Probationary (must pass Praxis to be HQ)

  • Issued to allow teacher who has completed a teacher education program to complete coursework and testing to add a new area

  • Issued for one year; renewable twice more with 6 new hours (usually need more to complete program in three years)

  • Varying prerequisites are necessary in these cases (see appropriate application form)


Probationary forms must hold another ky certificate or soe except iece
Probationary Forms(Must hold another KY certificate or SOE...except IECE)

  • IECE (birth to primary) TC-BP

  • Exceptional children TC-19

  • Middle school TC-MG

  • Gifted Education TC-GP

  • Technology Education TC-3 (via KDE)

  • Information Technology TC-3 (via KDE)

  • Library Media TC-29

  • Director of Pupil Personnel TC-40

  • Director of Special Education TC-28


Full certificate types3
FULL Certificate Types

Temporary Provisional (need Praxis or major to be HQ-except in special education)

  • Issued to those in a university Option 6, 7 or Option 8 (Teach For America) alternative certification program and offer of employment

  • Form TC-TP

  • Initial issuance; two renewals (3 total)

  • MUST pass all assessments before KTIP


Candidate selection for teaching positions
Candidate Selection for Teaching Positions

Governed by KRS 160.345 (2) (h) whereas the superintendent may forward candidates (to the SBDM council) who:

  • have pending certification based on recent completion of preparation requirements;

  • out of state preparation, or

  • alternative routes to certification pursuant to KRS 161.028 & 161.048. (TPs are here)


Alternative route candidates for teaching positions
Alternative Route Candidates for Teaching Positions

May be considered along with those who hold “regular” certification IF:

  • they have written verification that they have been admitted to a KY university’s alternative route program, AND

  • this verification is obtained during the time of the vacancy’s posting.


Considering alternative route candidates
Considering Alternative Route Candidates

Make sure your personnel office verifies the eligibility of alt route candidates before interviewing

  • Upon hiring, they can be issued a Temporary Provisional (TP) certificate for one year when the district applies.

    (These are also sometimes called “Option 6” candidates.)

  • The TP may be renewed for two more years as long as the teacher remains in the university program and is employed in the teaching area of the certificate.


Hq considerations when hiring alternative route candidates
HQ Considerations when hiring Alternative Route Candidates

Those on a TP certificate are NOT necessarily “Highly Qualified” for federal reporting purposes

  • Special education TPs are HQ for special education ONLY, not for any content areas

  • Other content area TPs are not HQ until they pass the appropriate KY Praxis test(s) or unless they hold an academic major in the content area they are teaching


General considerations with any teaching candidate
General considerations with any teaching candidate

Remember that it is possible for teachers to be certified but not “highly qualified” for a position

  • Anytime you consider a candidate without full Professional KY certification, work with your district personnel office before making a job offer (this includes new graduates with the “statement of eligibility”


Not full state certification
NOT FULL State Certification


  • Must have B.A. degree + other criteria

  • May not be reissued (except under limited circumstances)

  • TC-4F & superintendent must have no other candidates; board order # required

  • TC-4VE used for vocational emergency certs


Not full state certification1
NOT FULL State Certification


  • Teacher has completed teacher ed program

  • Has attempted all assessment but has not passed one or more

  • Assistance plan with local university must be filed along with TC-1 form and recommendation

  • District agrees to costs of plan


Not full state certification2
NOT FULL State Certification


  • For part-time employment only

  • TC-25 form

  • Must have offer of employment

  • Employment must not “displace” fully certified teacher

  • Degree in subject to be taught


Not full state certification3
NOT FULL State Certification

  • Temporary

  • Used for out-of-state teachers w/less than two years experience needing to pass KY assessments

  • Form TC-35; only valid for six months

  • No KY certified teacher can be available for position when this is requested

  • Also used for principal candidateswho have completed all coursework, but lack tests (good for one year) using TC-36I or TC-36O


Other forms and issuances
Other Forms and Issuances

  • TC-3/vocational certificates (via KDE)

  • TC-8/ROTC Instructor

  • TC-26/Gifted ED Coordinator

  • TC-27/Consultant

  • TC-32/Deletion of Certificate

  • TC-161/SLP Assistant


Other information to remember
Other Information to Remember

  • “Reciprocity” does not mean an automatic certificate for “out-of-staters”

  • Rank changes are not granted for a collection of hours; must be programs

  • TC-HQ may be explored to add a new area for a fully certified teacher; may help with math/science categories


Hiring the right person for the position
Hiring the Right Person for the Position

  • Use the EPSB website at www.epsb.ky.gov

  • This can help you find the CONTENT AREA PERMISSIONS for any of your teachers before you schedule them

  • Look up the name, locate the correct person, then click on “Permissions” tab on the left side of the screen


Epsb certification division contact information
EPSB Certification DivisionContact Information

Cindy Godsey (LEAD)


General Inquiries: dcert@ky.gov

Education Professional Standards Board

Division of Professional Learning & Assessment

100 Airport Road

Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Phone: 502-564-4606 Toll Free: 888-598-7667