Adding an Endorsement to a Kentucky Teaching Certificate - Reciprocity Pathway
The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) requires graduates from an out-of-state institution, like WGU, to obtain a license in the home-state of the program (Utah) prior to applying for an endorsement in Kentucky. WGU teacher candidates must include their Utah license in their Kentucky application packet.
The information in this article applies to students enrolled in specific WGU programs. Information on adding endorsements that are not offered by WGU is available through the KY Department of Education. See also the Application Instructions at the bottom of this article.
PROGRAM SPECIFIC INFORMATION
How to Add an Additional Endorsement
MA Mathematics Education (MAME)
MA Science Education (MASE)
English Language Learning (ENDELL, MAELL)
Educators holding current Kentucky teaching certificates can add endorsements to the certificate in additional teaching areas by completing a program that is approved to lead to certification in the home-state of the program and is offered by a regionally accredited college/university and is NCATE approved. Follow the application instructions below to apply for your endorsement.
Graduates of a WGU endorsement preparation program should apply to add an endorsement to their Kentucky teaching certificates by following these steps:
Step 1: Apply for your Utah license by following the instructions on the Out-of-State (OOS) License tab of the Utah State Board of Education's Earning a Utah Educator License page. You may want to consider completing this process shortly after you begin your WGU endorsement program, as it can take several weeks to obtain your Utah license.
Step 2: Once you obtain your initial Utah license and complete your WGU endorsement program, you will then need to apply to add an endorsement to your Utah license by following the steps outlined in the UT Application Information and Instructions article that corresponds to the program you have completed found in the Applying for Certification in Utah section of the Utah Table of Contents in the student handbook. You will need to include a copy of this Utah license with your Kentucky endorsement application.
Step 3: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college where you completed coursework applicable to the endorsement sought and have them sent to:
Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board
Division of Certification
Education Professional Standards Board
100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see this handbook article. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript.
Step 4: If the Kentucky Education Professional Standard Board is not listed as a recipient on your Praxis score reports, you will need to contact ETS and request that an official score report be sent to EPSB, documenting your passing scores on the KY required content exam(s) and Principals of Learning and Teaching exam. Use code 7283 to indicate the Education Professional Standards Board as the score recipient.
Step 5: Download a KY Application for Certification. Fill out sections I and III. In section one, indicate you are applying for an Addition of Area.
Step 6: Fill out the "Record of Personal Information to be completed BY APPLICANT" section on Page 5. Then, send Page 5 to the WGU Certification Officer at the contact information below. Fax and email submissions are preferred; email attachments should be in pdf format.
The WGU Certification Officer will complete Page 5 and send it directly to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.
Step 7: Mail sections I, II (if applicable) and III of the application form, and a copy of your Utah license to the address listed above for the Kentucky EPSB. You must pay the $50 application fee online using E-Pay.
Article Number : 19650, 1553