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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.

The Proficiency Evaluation route to certification has several steps. If accepted as a candidate for committee review, the full process will take time. The length of time depends on how long it takes the candidate to submit all required documentation, including the digital portfolio of evidence.

A non-refundable $250 fee is required at the time of application.

Please visit the Frequently Asked Question section on the main Proficiency Evaluation webpage or email inquiries to teacher.certification@wku.edu.

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

NOTE: All initial graduate candidates who are not currently employed must complete student teaching. Special arrangements are made for initial graduate candidates that are teaching full-time with temporary provisional certification so that they can meet the program requirements in their own classroom setting.

The Professional Education Unit (PEU) and School of Teacher Education will utilize the following procedures relative to this regulation:

Steps for Proficiency Evaluation Route to Certification for Initial Certification Candidates:

1. Candidate Inquiry - The candidate will submit an inquiry form to be considered for admission to the Proficiency Evaluation program. 

  • The School of Teacher Education will use the information provided to determine if it is feasible for the candidate to gain certification through this alternate route. 
  • The candidate will be informed of the decision within two weeks from the date the inquiry form is submitted. Please note, if the submission form is submitted during a time when WKU offices are closed for an extended time (winter break), then the decision may be communicated later than two weeks.
  • Submission of this inquiry form does not guarantee that the candidate will move forward with the Proficiency Evaluation process. Those candidates who are not recommended to move forward in the Proficiency Evaluation process will be referred to seek admission to the appropriate traditional route program. Candidates may view more information about School of Teacher Education programs at https://www.wku.edu/ste/.
  • Proficiency Evaluation Inquiry Form for Initial Certification (This applies to a candidate who does NOT already hold a teaching certificate.)

2. Admission Application - After an initial review of the inquiry form (step 1), if approved to move forward with the Proficiency Evaluation process, the candidate will submit the following documents and complete the requirements listed below. 

  • Submit a non-refundable $250 payment, made payable to WKU, in the form of a money order or cashier’s check. Submit the payment to this address: WKU, Office of Professional Educator Services, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #61031 Bowling Green, KY 42104.
  • Make application to the Graduate School: https://acsapps.wku.edu/pls/prod/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon?app_level=GR&qtype=GR 
  • Depending on the previous relevant experience in the desired certification area, some Initial Certification candidates may be required to pass the Praxis II Content exam(s) prior to submitting a digital portfolio for committee review. 
  • Passing scores for the PRAXIS II examination(s) for the desired certification area and Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam (if applicable) are required prior to being recommended for certification to the Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB). 
  • The site to view and register for the applicable Praxis II Content exam(s) and Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT)  through ETS: https://www.ets.org/praxis/ky/requirements/. At the time of registering to take the exam, be sure WKU and EPSB are selected to receive scores.
  • The site to view and register for the applicable Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Praxis exam through ETS: https://www.ets.org/praxis/ky/requirements/. (Special Education Learning and Behavior Disorders and Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education certifications do not require this exam.). At the time of registering to take the exam, be sure WKU and EPSB are selected to receive scores.
  • Complete two background checks: Verified Credentials and KY Central Registry 
  • Complete a physical examination and TB screening using the KY Department of Education form:KDE Physical form 
  • Review and sign the Professional Code of Ethics for KY School Certified Personnel: Code of Ethics document 
  • Submit three letters of recommendation which demonstrate the candidate’s dispositions for teaching including creativity, collaboration, and communication skills.
  • The above three items (signed Code of Ethics, physical/TB form, and letters of recommendation) should be submitted, at the same time, in one email sent to: teacher.certification@wku.edu. 
  • The candidate will then begin the digital portfolio collection and submission (see Step 3). 

3. Digital Portfolio Evidence Submission - The candidate will construct an electronic portfolio using a format such as Google Sites or another platform. The portfolio must be well organized and professional, documenting mastery of all the Kentucky Teacher Performance Standards (KTPS) including subcomponents. Each subcomponent needs 2-4 pieces of strong evidence showing how the candidate has clearly demonstrated each indicator. Additional evidence of content specific standards may also be required. 

*Candidates seeking Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education certification should use Kentucky’s Infant and Early Childhood Standards.

The portfolio artifacts to support the candidate’s case for licensure should include:

  1. Three lesson plans including all accompanying materials (technologies used for instruction, task assignments, rubrics, etc.)
  2. Three examples of student work with feedback provided by the candidate 
  3. Three videos of the candidate teaching in the content area being requested for certification
  4. Reflections from lessons taught 
  5. Two writing assignments which will assess the candidate’s critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills (directions for these two writing assignments)
  6. Verification of teaching and work experience, including performance evaluations (if applicable)
  7. Other documentation showing mastery of the KTPS standards that may be included (professional development, coursework, etc.)
  8. Evidence of the Literacy requirements for middle school, high school, grades 5-12, and/or grades P-12 teachers. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to meet theInternational Literacy Association Standards for Preparation of Literacy Professionals. 
  9. Additional documentation may be requested at the committee’s discretion for clarification.  
  10. The burden is on the  candidate to explain how the artifacts and evidence demonstrate mastery of the standards.  It is not up to the committee to try and make those connections.  This is why the candidate needs to include a narrative to explain how the evidence is connected to and is illustrative of mastery of each standard.

4. Committee Review of all Evidence and Admission Decision - The committee will review all portfolio evidence to determine a decision regarding proficiency. The committee will have up to six weeks to review all evidence and make a recommendation. The committee will not be able to review any evidence until all requirements have been submitted.

  • The candidate submits the portfolio to teacher.certification@wku.edu
  • The Director of the School of Teacher Education will form the committee and appoint a chairperson to review all portfolio evidence. The committee may also interview the candidate as part of the decision making process. The interview may be held electronically or via phone. 
  • After reviewing all evidence submitted in the digital portfolio, the committee will recommend to admit or not admit the candidate to the proficiency evaluation program, using the Committee Review Decision form
  • Those candidates who are not recommended for admission into the proficiency evaluation program will be referred to seek admission to the appropriate traditional route program. See School of Teacher Education programs at https://www.wku.edu/ste/becomeateacher/index.php
  • For those candidates who are admitted into the proficiency evaluation program, an Educator Learning Plan (ELP) outlining all necessary requirements for program completion will be created and sent to the candidate for acceptance. 
  • The ELP is submitted to the Director of School of Teacher Education for approval.
  • The ELP will have a minimum three hours listed for the required practicum class. Additional coursework or fieldwork may be requested by the committee based on deficiency areas found through the portfolio review. These courses will be included in the ELP and must be completed at WKU.
  • The candidate will have up to two years to complete the ELP requirements. The Praxis II exam(s) and PLT exam (if applicable) will also need to be completed during this two year period, if not already passed.
  • Upon agreement/signature of the ELP by the candidate, the candidate will be admitted to the OELE (EPSB).
  • A letter will be issued to the candidate stating the candidate is eligible for employment as a candidate in WKU’s Proficiency Evaluation program. 
  • If a school district wishes to hire a candidate that has been approved to be in the Proficiency Evaluation program, the candidate may apply for a one year temporary provisional certificate. This is renewable for one additional year while the candidate fulfills all the requirements of the ELP. 
  • However, the timeline for completion of the Proficiency Evaluation shall not exceed two years from the date of the ELP approval. 

5. Field/Clinical Experiences - All initial certification candidates will be required to complete a minimum of one practicum course and may or may not be required to complete additional coursework/fieldwork as defined on the ELP. 

  • All initial certification candidates must complete the student teaching practicum, through this appropriate practicum course, specific to the certification being sought. 
  • Special arrangements are made for those candidates who are teaching full time with a temporary provisional certificate so that they may meet the clinical program requirements in their own classroom setting. 
  • WKU will secure an appropriate school for completion of clinical requirements for those candidates who are not teaching full time.

6. Program Exit and Certification - Upon successful completion of the ELP, the committee chairperson will evaluate the ELP and confirm satisfactory completion of all components  including the practicum course and clinical experience. 

  • The chairperson will submit the Proficiency Evaluation Exit Form to the Office of Professional Educator Services (OPES).
  • The candidate is exited from the WKU Proficiency Evaluation program and may apply for certification. 
  • The candidate completes the CA-1 application and OPES uploads the Proficiency Evaluation Exit form along with the CA-1 application to OELE (EPSB) on behalf of the candidate.

Steps for Proficiency Evaluation Route to Certification for Additional Certification Candidates:

1. Candidate Inquiry The candidate will submit an inquiry form to be considered for admission to the Proficiency Evaluation program. 

  • The School of Teacher Education will use the information provided to determine if it is feasible for the candidate to gain certification through this alternate route. 
  • The candidate will be informed of the decision within two weeks from the date the inquiry form is submitted. Please note, if the submission form is submitted during a time when WKU offices are closed for an extended time (winter break), then the decision may be communicated later than two weeks.
  • Submission of this inquiry form does not guarantee that the candidate will move forward with the Proficiency Evaluation process. Those candidates who are not recommended to move forward in the Proficiency Evaluation process will be referred to seek admission to the appropriate traditional route program. Candidates may view more information about School of Teacher Education programs at https://www.wku.edu/ste/.
  • Proficiency Evaluation Inquiry Form for Additional Certification(This applies to a candidate who already holds an initial teaching certificate.)

2. Admission Application  After an initial review of the inquiry form (step 1), if approved to move forward with the Proficiency Evaluation process, the candidate will submit the following documents and complete the requirements listed below. 

  • Submit a non-refundable $250 payment, made payable to WKU, in the form of a money order or cashier’s check. Submit the payment to this address: WKU, Office of Professional Educator Services, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #61031 Bowling Green, KY 42104.
  • Depending on the previous relevant experience in the desired certification area, some candidates may be required to pass the Praxis II Content exam(s) prior to submitting a digital portfolio for committee review. 
  • Passing scores for the PRAXIS II examination(s) for the desired certification area is required prior to being recommended for certification to the Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB). 
  • Site to view and register for the applicable Praxis II Content exam(s) through ETS: https://www.ets.org/praxis/ky/requirements/. At the time of registering to take the exam, be sure WKU and EPSB are selected to receive scores.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation which demonstrate the candidate’s dispositions for teaching including creativity, collaboration, and communication skills. Letters to be submitted to teacher.certification@wku.edu.
  • The candidate will then begin the digital portfolio collection and submission (see Step 3). 

3. Digital Portfolio Evidence Submission  The candidate will construct an electronic portfolio using a format such as Google Sites or another platform. The portfolio must be well organized and professional, documenting mastery of all the Kentucky Teacher Performance Standards (KTPS) including subcomponents. Each subcomponent needs 2-4 pieces of strong evidence showing how the candidate has clearly demonstrated each indicator. Additional evidence of content specific standards may also be required. 

*Candidates seeking Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education certification should use Kentucky’s Infant and Early Childhood Standards.

The portfolio artifacts to support the candidate’s case for licensure should include:

  1. Three lesson plans including all accompanying materials (technologies used for instruction, task assignments, rubrics, etc.)
  2. Three examples of student work with feedback provided by the candidate 
  3. Three videos of the candidate teaching in the content area being requested for certification
  4. Reflections from lessons taught 
  5. Two writing assignments which will assess the candidate’s critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills (directions for these two writing assignments)
  6. Verification of teaching and work experience, including performance evaluations 
  7. Other documentation showing mastery of the KTPS standards that may be included (professional development, coursework, etc.)
  8. Evidence of the Literacy requirements for middle school, high school, grades 5-12, and/or grades P-12 teachers. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to meet theInternational Literacy Association Standards for Preparation of Literacy Professionals.(if applicable to the additional certification being sought.) 
  9. Additional documentation may be requested at the committee’s discretion for clarification.  
  10. The burden is on the  candidate to explain how the artifacts and evidence demonstrate mastery of the standards.  It is not up to the committee to try and make those connections.  This is why the candidate needs to include a narrative to explain how the evidence is connected to and is illustrative of mastery of each standard.

4. Committee Review of all Evidence and Admission Decision The committee will review all portfolio evidence to determine a decision regarding proficiency. The committee will have up to six weeks to review all evidence and make a recommendation. The committee will not be able to review any evidence until all requirements have been submitted.

  • The candidate submits the portfolio to teacher.certification@wku.edu
  • The Director of the School of Teacher Education will form the committee and appoint a chairperson to review all portfolio evidence. The committee may choose to also interview the candidate as part of the decision making process. The interview may be held electronically or via phone. 
  • After reviewing all evidence submitted in the digital portfolio, the committee will recommend to admit or not admit the candidate to the proficiency evaluation program, using the Committee Review Decision form. 
  • Those candidates who are not recommended for admission into the proficiency evaluation program will be referred to seek admission to the appropriate traditional route program. See School of Teacher Education programs at https://www.wku.edu/ste/becomeateacher/index.php
  • For those candidates who have additional coursework to complete due to deficient areas in the proficiency evaluation program, an Educator Learning Plan (ELP) outlining all necessary requirements for program completion will be created and sent to the candidate for acceptance. 
  • The ELP is submitted to the Director of School of Teacher Education for approval. 
  • The candidate will have up to two years to complete the ELP requirements. The Praxis II exam(s) and PLT exam (if applicable) will also need to be completed during this two year period, if not already passed.
  • Upon agreement/signature of the ELP by the candidate, the candidate will be admitted to the OELE (EPSB).
  • A letter will be issued to the candidate stating the candidate is eligible for employment in the certification area being sought, as a candidate in WKU’s Proficiency Evaluation program. 
  • If a school district wishes to hire a candidate that has been approved to be in the Proficiency Evaluation program, the candidate may apply for a one year temporary provisional certificate. This is renewable for one additional year while the candidate fulfills all the requirements of the ELP. 
  • However, the timeline for completion of the Proficiency Evaluation shall not exceed two years from the date of the ELP approval. 

5. Field/Clinical Experiences All additional certification candidates may or may not be required to complete a practicum or other fieldwork as defined on the ELP.  

  • For candidates seeking additional certification areas, the committee will take all previous teaching hours and clinical experiences into account. 
  • If there is sufficient evidence provided in the portfolio review, then no additional fieldwork/clinical experience will be required.
  • However, if the committee recommends additional fieldwork/clinical experience is needed, then it will be identified on the candidate’s ELP. 
  • Special arrangements are made for those candidates who are teaching full time so that they can meet the program requirements in their own classroom setting. 
  • WKU will secure an appropriate school for completion of clinical requirements for those candidates who are not teaching full time. Partnerships with local P-12 systems offering new teacher academies or induction programs may also be used to provide additional support for candidates.

6. Program Exit and Certification Upon successful completion of the ELP, the committee chairperson will evaluate the ELP and confirm satisfactory completion of all components  including the practicum course and clinical experience. 

  • The chairperson will submit the Proficiency Evaluation Exit Form to the Office of Professional Educator Services (OPES).
  • The candidate is exited from the WKU Proficiency Evaluation program and may apply for certification. 
  • The candidate completes the CA-1 application and OPES uploads the Proficiency Evaluation Exit form along with the CA-1 application to OELE (EPSB) on behalf of the candidate. 

Candidates seeking School Administrator Certifications:

Applicants who wish to be recommended for Principal certification, Level I Supervisor of Instruction certification, Director of Pupil Personnel certification, or Superintendent certification must document the following qualifications per 16 KAR 3:050, Section 2:

Steps for Proficiency Evaluation Route to Certification forSchool Administrator Candidates:

Candidate Inquiry -The candidate will submit an inquiry form to be considered for admission to the Proficiency Evaluation program. 

  • The Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research (EALR) department will use the information provided to determine if it is feasible for the candidate to gain certification through this alternate route. 
  • The candidate will be informed of the decision within two weeks from the date the inquiry form is submitted. Please note, if the submission form is submitted during a time when WKU offices are closed for an extended time (winter break), then the decision may be communicated later than two weeks.
  • Submission of this inquiry form does not guarantee that the candidate will move forward with the Proficiency Evaluation process. Those candidates who are not recommended to move forward in the Proficiency Evaluation process will be referred to seek admission to the appropriate traditional route program. Candidates may view more information at https://www.wku.edu/ealr/
  • Proficiency Evaluation Inquiry Form for Administrator Certification 

Admission Application - After an initial review of the inquiry form (step 1), if approved to move forward with the Proficiency Evaluation process, the candidate will submit the following documents and complete the requirements listed below. 

  • Submit a non-refundable $250 payment, made payable to WKU, in the form of a money order or cashier’s check. Submit the payment to this address: WKU, Office of Professional Educator Services, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #61031 Bowling Green, KY 42104.
  • Make application to the Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research department: https://www.wku.edu/ealr/rank_1_application_process.php 
  • Complete the Proficiency Evaluation Planning Sheet and submit. A faculty member designated by the department head will review and provide further feedback to the applicant regarding the construction of a portfolio demonstrating proficiency in the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.
  • Research taking the applicable School Leader Licensure Exam through ETS: https://www.ets.org/sls/states/ky.  At the time of registration, be sure WKU and EPSB are selected to receive scores for the exams. 
  • Passing scores on the School Leader Licensure Exam is required by the completion of the first 15 hours of coursework.  If no additional coursework is required by the committee, on the Educator Learning Plan, then the exam requirement must be completed prior to being recommended for certification. 
  • Submit three letters of recommendation which demonstrate the candidate’s dispositions for teaching including creativity, collaboration, and communication skills. Candidates should submit letters of recommendation to: teacher.certification@wku.edu. 
  • The candidate will then begin the digital portfolio collection and submission (see Step 3). 

Digital Portfolio Evidence Submission - The candidate will construct an electronic portfolio using a format such as Google Sites or another platform. The portfolio must be well organized and professional, documenting mastery of all the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL). Portfolio artifacts/evidence should show how the candidate has clearly demonstrated each standard. 

  • The Department Chair will designate a faculty member to serve as an advisor to the applicant during this phase of the process. The advisor will communicate with the applicant regarding the preparation of an electronic portfolio of materials to document the extent to which the applicant has mastered the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) upon which Kentucky administrator certification is based. The portfolio may include multimedia features.
  • The candidate submits the portfolio directly to the committee chairperson. 
  • Please note that additional documentation may be requested at the committee’s discretion for clarification.  
  • The burden is on the  candidate to explain how the artifacts and evidence demonstrate mastery of the standards.  It is not up to the committee to try and make those connections.  This is why the candidate needs to include a narrative to explain how the evidence is connected to and is illustrative of mastery of each standard.

Committee Review of all Evidence and Admission Decision - The committee will review all portfolio evidence to determine a decision regarding proficiency. The committee will have up to six weeks to review all evidence and make a recommendation. 

  • The applicant’s portfolio, transcripts, and application materials will be reviewed by the faculty committee. The committee will include at least two persons, at least one of whom will be the student’s designated advisor/chairperson. The review committee may request a meeting with the applicant to discuss the portfolio’s contents and ask further questions. If requested, at the committee’s discretion the meeting may take place electronically or via telephone.
  • After reviewing all evidence submitted in the digital portfolio, the committee will recommend to admit or not admit the candidate to the proficiency evaluation program, using the Committee Review Decision form. 
  • Those candidates who are not recommended for admission into the proficiency evaluation program will be referred to seek admission to the appropriate traditional route program. Candidates may view more information at https://www.wku.edu/ealr/
  • For those candidates who are admitted into the proficiency evaluation program, an Educator Learning Plan (ELP) outlining all necessary requirements for program completion will be created and sent to the candidate for acceptance. 
  • The ELP is submitted to the EALR department chair for approval. 
  • The ELP may require coursework or a fieldwork component based on deficiency areas found through the portfolio review. These courses will be included in the ELP and must be completed at WKU.
  • The candidate will have up to two years to complete the ELP requirements. The applicable School Leader Licensure Exam will also need to be completed during this two year period.
  • Upon agreement/signature of the ELP by the candidate, the candidate will be admitted to the OELE (EPSB).
  • A letter will be issued to the candidate stating the candidate is eligible for employment as a candidate in WKU’s Proficiency Evaluation program. 
  • If a school district wishes to hire a candidate that has been approved to be in the Proficiency Evaluation program, the candidate may apply for a one year temporary provisional certificate. This is renewable for one additional year while the candidate fulfills all the requirements of the ELP. 
  • However, the timeline for completion of the Proficiency Evaluation shall not exceed two years from the date of the ELP approval. 

Field/Clinical Experiences - Administrative candidates may or may not be required to complete a practicum or other fieldwork as defined on the ELP. 

  • If any fieldwork or practicum is required, then special arrangements are made for those candidates who are teaching full time with a temporary provisional certificate so that they can meet the program requirements in their own classroom setting. 
  • WKU will secure an appropriate school for completion of clinical requirements for those candidates who are not teaching full time.
  • The committee will take all previous teaching hours and clinical experiences into account.The committee may choose to recommend additional observation hours, clinical experiences, or coursework with embedded practicums as part of the candidate’s ELP. 

Program Exit and Certification - Upon successful completion of the ELP, the committee chairperson will evaluate the ELP and confirm satisfactory completion of all components  including the practicum course and clinical experience. 

  • The chairperson will submit the Proficiency Evaluation Exit Form to the Office of Professional Educator Services (OPES).
  • The candidate is exited from the WKU Proficiency Evaluation program and may apply for certification. 
  • The candidate completes the CA-1 application and OPES uploads the Proficiency Evaluation Exit form along with the CA-1 application to OELE (EPSB) on behalf of the candidate.

Proficiency Evaluation Frequently Asked Questions

  • If accepted as a candidate for Proficiency Evaluation, the length of time depends on how long it takes the candidate to submit all required documentation, including the digital portfolio of evidence. 
  • The committee will need up to six weeks to review the submitted digital portfolio of evidence and make a decision regarding certification.
  • Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or 3.0 in the last 30 hours completed.  
  • Candidates must have significant relevant work experience in a school setting in the certification area they are seeking. 
  • After an initial review of the candidate’s experience, the School of Teacher Education will determine if it is feasible for the candidate to move forward with the proficiency evaluation process.
  • All initial certification candidates will be required to complete at least a 3-hour practicum course.
  • For all other proficiency candidates (seeking additional certification and administrative certification), additional coursework will only be required if there are deficient areas noted by the committee during the digital portfolio review process. 
  • After the committee review of digital portfolio evidence, an Educator Learning Plan (ELP) will be created if any additional coursework and/or fieldwork is required. Candidates will then be eligible for a letter of eligibility for temporary provisional certification.
  • The timeline for completion shall not exceed two years from the date the Educator Learning Plan (ELP) is approved and signed by the candidate and the committee chairperson.
  • Candidates who hold any kind of KY teaching certificate (substitute, emergency, temporary provisional, or professional license) will qualify for the KY Teacher Tuition Discount offered by WKU. https://www.wku.edu/cebs/educatordiscount/
  • Candidates who are seeking special education or Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education are encouraged to apply for the state KY Traineeship Scholarship Program. https://kytraineeship.org/eligibility/
  • Some candidates may qualify for financial aid assistance and should inquire through WKU’s Financial Assistance Program. https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/
  • Yes, the state of Kentucky requires passing the Praxis II Content exam(s) and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam before being granted the professional license. (Special Education and Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education do not require a PLT exam.) https://www.ets.org/praxis/ky/requirements/ 
  • Some candidates will be required to pass the Praxis II Content exam(s) prior to the submission of the digital portfolio for review. Others may be allowed to pass this requirement after the digital portfolio review. This will be determined at the time of the initial inquiry for admittance into the Proficiency Evaluation candidate based on the candidate’s previous background and relevant teaching experience. 
  • The Core Praxis Entrance Exams are not required for any graduate student at this time. (This is due to an amendment by EPSB in April 2021 and could change.)
  • No, WKU does not have the authority to recommend a temporary provisional certificate for candidates working on the application process for the Proficiency Evaluation. However, some school districts may possibly hire candidates with an emergency certification during this time.
  • Yes, once an ELP has been created and approved, the candidate may be hired with a one-year temporary provisional certificate. (This only occurs after the candidate has submitted the digital portfolio of evidence for committee review and a decision has been made regarding proficiency.) 
  • The temporary provisional certificate is eligible for renewal for one additional year. 
  • Once the ELP is created, a letter of eligibility will be provided to the candidate to use when applying for teaching jobs.
  • At the completion of the Proficiency Evaluation process and all requirements have been met, the candidate will be issued a KY professional license. 
  • Candidates seeking the initial teaching license will be at a Rank 3 in the EPSB KY Ranking System. http://www.epsb.ky.gov/mod/page/view.php?id=101 
  • Proficiency Evaluation does not lead to a salary rank change for those candidates seeking additional certifications through the proficiency evaluation process.
  • Yes, other routes to certification will be shared with candidates who are not accepted into the Proficiency Evaluation program which include the following.
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is another alternate route to certification that leads to certification and a masters degree. https://www.wku.edu/educatorservices/student_teaching/mat.php. Most of these programs also make a candidate eligible for Option 6 certification which allows a district to hire a candidate while the candidate completes all MAT coursework. This route leads to a salary rank change when completed. MAT candidates complete their program and start their teaching career at a Rank 2 salary classification in EPSB KY Ranking System. http://www.epsb.ky.gov/mod/page/view.php?id=101 
  • Candidates may view information about traditional School of Teacher Education programs at https://www.wku.edu/ste/.
  • Candidates seeking administrative certification may view more information at https://www.wku.edu/ealr/.

CONTACT THE OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR SERVICES

 

Gary A. Ransdell Hall, Office 1092

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