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Policy for Recommending Educator Certification Based on Proficiency Evaluation

Consistent with 16 KAR 5:030 on Proficiency Evaluation, Western Kentucky University (WKU) will provide an alternate means for recognizing competency and proficiency other than academic credit for those already holding a degree in a certifiable area or educators already holding initial certification.

When conducting a proficiency evaluation, WKU faculty will assess proficiency by considering:

  • All previous education, coursework, and experiences at WKU (WKU graduates only);
  • All previous education, coursework, and experiences at other institutions;
  • Related/unusual experience; or
  • Proficiency assessment at a level comparable to the usual requirements in the content area in which the educator is seeking certification.

$250 non-refundable fee is required at the time of application. Please submit a money order or cashier’s check payable to Western KY University.

WKU has been approved by the EPSB to provide Proficiency Evaluations for the following programs:

Initial Certification at the graduate level

Biological Science Initial Graduate
Chemistry Initial Graduate
Chinese Initial Graduate
English Initial Graduate
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Initial Graduate
Learning and Behavior Disorders Initial Graduate
Mathematics Initial Graduate
Middle School English Initial Graduate
Middle School Mathematics Initial Graduate
Middle School Science Initial Graduate
Middle School Social Studies Initial Graduate
Physical Education Initial Graduate
Physics Initial Graduate
Social Studies Initial Graduate
Spanish Initial Graduate
German Initial Graduate
French Initial Graduate

Additional Certifications for candidates already holding a teaching certificate

ESL Endorsement P-12 Additional
Gifted Education (Grades P-12) Additional
Instructional Computer Technology (Grades P-12) Additional
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Additional
Learning and Behavior Disorders Additional
Mathematics Additional
Middle School English Additional
Middle School Mathematics Additional
Middle School Science Additional
Middle School Social Studies Additional
Moderate and Severe Disabilities Additional
Reading P-12 Additional

 Additional School Administrator Certifications for candidates already holding a teaching certificate

Career and Technical Education Principal Additional
Director of Pupil Personnel Services Additional
Director of Special Education Additional
School Principal (Grades P-12) Additional
School Superintendent Additional
Supervisor of Instruction Additional

Additional information on WKU Proficiency Requirements and Process


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College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

1906 College Heights Blvd. #11030,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030


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 Last Modified 12/11/19