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Kentucky Teacher License Renewal and Professional Development Requirements

Kentucky teachers have several options for their continuing education needs. After receiving a 5-year teaching certificate, teachers must verify that they have at least three years of full time teaching experience within the past 5 years and show completion of 15 graduate hours OR fulfill half of the CEO (Continuing Education Option) requirements (See Read More, below for more information).

Model Teaching offers courses provided through regionally-accredited Humboldt State University and Seattle Pacific University. These institutions are accredited by WASC-ACSCU (The Western Association of Schools & Colleges) and NWCCU (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities) respectively. Our University-Partnered Courses may be acceptable for Kentucky teacher license renewal and Professional Development requirement hours according to The Kentucky Department of Education. All courses completed through our academic partners will include access to an official transcript from that academic institution for submission to any license-granting authority.

If you would like to confirm approval of a course, please complete and email our Request Course Approval form to the Kentucky Department of Education.

Continuing Education Option (CEO)
The CEO requires candidates to submit an independent professional growth plan based on their needs. This includes classes, professional development, and other PD activities. These opportunities may include online professional development courses such as Model Teaching courses.

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Teaching Certification Renewal (Source: Kentucky Department of Education)

Once you receive your Kentucky teaching certificate, it is valid for five years. For your first renewal, you must:

  • Complete Section I of the Application for Certificate Renewal/Duplicate
  • Have your school superintendent complete Section II of the application, verifying that you have at least three years of full-time teaching experience within the past five years (or 6 semester hours of college credit – if selecting this option, have the college verify this)
  • Submit application renewal fee via check or money order payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer
  • Show completion of 15 graduate hours or fulfill half of the CEO (Continuing Education Option) requirements

For the second five-year renewal of your teaching certificate, you must:

  • Complete Section I of the Application for Certificate Renewal/Duplicate
  • Have your school superintendent complete Section II of the application, verifying that you have at least three years of full-time teaching experience within the past five years (or 6 semester hours of college credit – if selecting this option, have the college verify this)
  • Complete an approved master’s degree program (32 graduate hours) or complete the CEO requirements
  • Submit application renewal fee via check or money order payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer

For subsequent five-year renewals of your teaching certificate, you must:

  • Complete Section I of the Application for Certificate Renewal/Duplicate
  • Have your school superintendent complete Section II of the application, verifying that you have at least three years of full-time teaching experience within the past five years (or 6 semester hours of college credit – if selecting this option, have the college verify this)
  • Submit application renewal fee via check or money order payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer

Continuing Education Option (CEO)
Kentucky's state legislators and educators developed the Continuing Education Option (CEO) for rank change and certificate renewal as an alternative to a planned fifth-year program college course of studies. The initiative, that resulted from the 1996 General Assembly House Bill 305, is structured to link teachers' professional growth with positive, measurable improvement in student learning. Built around the Kentucky Teacher Standards adopted by the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB), the CEO requires candidates to submit an independent professional growth plan based on the needs of the teacher, the students, and the school. The professional growth plan is a unique independent study that includes graduate level classes, professional development experiences, research, reading, and shadowing other professionals.

Candidates create job-embedded CEO Plans based on the needs of their schools, districts, and communities. Each candidate is required to create a portfolio representing successful completion of his or her plan. Although the CEO is an independent study, throughout the process candidates receive support through online resources and by participating in face-to-face regional monthly cohort meetings offered across the state. Cohorts are supported by experienced educational professionals (coaches) in a blended learning environment integrating traditional learning with technology to provide a technology enhanced independent learning experience.

The benefits of successful completion of the CEO program are far reaching. The teacher candidate completes a self-assessment to identify his or her own areas for growth and matches them to specific local district and classroom needs. The structures of the CEO Plan and CEO Portfolio are based on candidates' professional needs, goals, objectives, and activities. To address the full scope of the Kentucky Teacher Standards, some of these professional needs, goals, objectives, and activities are teacher-centered, some are student-centered, and some focus on leadership. As a result, each completed CEO program will bring new resources and experiences into the candidate's classroom, school and district.

REFERENCE: Kentucky Department of Education


*The information on this page was last updated 3/2019. Please refer to the Kentucky Department of Education web page for the most accurate and current information on Kentucky teacher re-certification requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: The content provided on this page is solely provided for informational purposes and does not exempt users from their responsibility to ensure that our courses meet their state’s continuing education requirements. Please check with your state certification agency for up-to-date policies for teacher certification renewal/continuing education and use our Request Course Approval form if you want to confirm use of one of our courses for your professional development, continuing education, or clock hour requirements.

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Choosing The Right Assessments For Your Students-HSU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit course provided through Humboldt State University, you will learn new strategies for implementing assessments into the classroom and explore a variety of topics to help you use assessments effectively in the student learning process.
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Online Price:$115.00
Credits:1 Unit Credit, Humboldt State University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Documentation & Data Analysis-HSU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit course provided through Humboldt State University, you will learn how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and to collect academic and behavioral data. You will learn how to process, file, and analyze data for documentation and to better help teach mastery of course concepts.
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Online Price:$115.00
Credits:1 Unit Credit, Humboldt State University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Documentation & Data Analysis-SPU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit, offered in partnership with Seattle Pacific University, you will learn how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and to collect academic and behavioral data. Participants will learn how to process, file, and analyze data for documentation and to better help teach mastery of course concepts.
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Online Price:$140.00
Credits:1 Quarter Credit, Seattle Pacific University
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Efficient Classroom Processes-HSU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit course provided through Humboldt State University, you will learn the six strategies that can improve the learning environment to make your classroom more predictable, safe, and orderly. You will analyze, develop, and apply methods to improve your classroom processes and build a more efficient environment for student learning, to be applied to your current or future classroom.
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Online Price:$115.00
Credits:1 Unit Credit, Humboldt State University
Credit Type:Academic Credit/Licensure
Project-Based Learning-HSU Course
In this University-Partnered Academic-Credit course, provided in collaboration with Humboldt State University (HSU), you will learn the Project Based Learning (PBL) Lesson Cycle and how to implement inquiry into cross- curricular projects that are aligned to specific objectives.
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Online Price:$225.00
Credits:2 Unit Credits, Humboldt State University
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Writing Effective Learning Objectives-HSU Course
This University-Partnered Academic-Credit course, provided in collaboration with Humboldt State University examines the first step in the process of backwards planning design: Writing Learning Objectives. It describes what effective learning objectives look like and how to construct a student facing objective based on your classroom learning standards.
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Online Price:$115.00
Credits:1 Unit Credit, Humboldt State University
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Active Monitoring & Data Collection
This course will teach participants how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and to analyze the data collected in order to better support students.
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Online Price:$15.00
Credits:4 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Blended Learning: Integrating Technology Into The Classroom
Participants of this course learn the main blended learning models, explore the strategies involved in selecting the right blended learning model for the classroom, and develop a blended learning lesson for immediate use in the classroom.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:7 PD Hours
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Building Reading & Writing Fluency
Participants in this course will learn about the importance of direct phonics instruction and hands-on word work, and how this instruction directly helps to develop the reading and writing fluency of their students.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:6 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Checking For Understanding & Correcting Misconceptions in Elementary Math
This course will teach participants how to establish a classroom culture that is conducive to learning and sharing. They will also learn a variety of ways to check their students’ understanding of elementary math content, so they are able to assess the effectiveness of their teaching.
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Online Price:$15.00
Credits:5 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Choosing The Right Assessments For Your Students
This training is the second in a series of three that will go through the three stages of planning using the backwards design method. In this course we will be looking at the second stage of this process -assessments, with a focus on helping teachers choose the right assessments for their students.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:9 PD Hours
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Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) in The Science Classroom
In this course, participants will learn the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning strategy for more effective instruction of science concepts in any K-12 science classroom.
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Online Price:$30.00
Credits:6 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Classroom Documentation
In this course you will learn how to document a student’s academic and social behaviors in the classroom. You will learn how to set up a system to organize your documentation and be provided with multiple templates you can use during the documentation process.
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Online Price:$15.00
Credits:3 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development
Documentation & Data Analysis
In this course you will learn how to actively monitor students throughout the instructional process and to collect academic and behavioral data. You will learn how to process, file, and analyze data for documentation and to better help teach mastery of course concepts.
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Online Price:$60.00
Credits:20 PD Hours
Credit Type:Professional Development

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