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Kentucky Art Teacher Certification and Job Requirements

Art Teachers make a positive impact on students’ lives: in a longitudinal study of 25,000 secondary school students, those with higher involvement in the arts scored better on measures of persistence than their peers with lower arts involvement.

The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) was established as part of the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act to oversee the education profession, and is responsible for issuing and renewing certificates for all Kentucky teachers. To become an Art Teacher in Kentucky, follow these steps:

Complete a Bachelor Degree and Teacher Prep Program
Complete an Internship Program
Complete Testing
Apply for a Certificate
Maintain and Upgrade Your Certificate
Pursue Graduate Work

 


 

Step 1. Complete a Bachelor Degree and Teacher Prep Program

The first step to becoming a teacher in Kentucky is to complete a bachelor’s degree and approved four-year educator preparation program that includes student teaching. Five Kentucky institutions currently provide a traditional route to initial certification at the bachelor’s levels in the arts and humanities areas; a listing may be found here.

Note that before you apply for a license, the state will require a recommendation from the certification official at your school regarding the specific teacher preparation program completed, grade level, degree level, and completion date of the program. Currently, state regulations require you to have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale during your coursework, with a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale on the last sixty hours of credit completed.

According to the National Art Education Association Standards, teacher prep classes in the visual arts should train teachers to engage students in traditional and contemporary art-making processes; survey the history of art and help foster respect for various art forms and the contexts in which they are made; and introduce students to an array of historical and contemporary artists. Classes also focus on the theories and techniques of art education, as well as more general pedagogical training.

Information on alternative routes to certification in Kentucky, for those with exceptional work or educational experience, may be found here.

 


 

Step 2. Complete an Internship Program

Assuming you are a new teacher coming from within the state with less than two years of experience, you will also need to complete the one-year Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) before becoming certified. A face-to-face training date is required at the start of the program, and details are available here. The KTIP program includes the completion of a KTIP Teacher Performance Assessment, which includes a set of twelve teaching tasks designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate performance of the Kentucky Teacher Standards. The tasks are:

1. Component I: Classroom Teaching

  • Task A-1: Teaching and Learning Context
  • Task A-2: Lesson Plan
  • Task B: Classroom Observation
  • Task C: Lesson Analysis and Reflection

2. Component II: Professional Responsibilities

  • Task D: Collaborate to Address Special Learning Needs
  • Task E: Assess and Manage Professional Growth
  • Task F: Leadership

3. Component III: Instructional Unit

  • Task G: Designing the Instructional Unit
  • Task H: The Assessment Plan
  • Task I: Designing Instructional Strategies and Activities
  • Task J-1: Organizing and Analyzing the Results Reflecting on the Impact of Instruction
  • Task J-2: Communication and Follow-Up

Detailed information on the KTIP program may be found here.

 


 

Step 3. Complete Testing

Becoming an art teacher in Kentucky requires passing the following tests:

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading, Writing, and Math
  • One of the Principles of Learning and Teaching tests
  • Praxis II Art: Content Knowledge test

The Praxis Core tests are required for entry into Kentucky teacher prep programs. These tests measures basic skills in reading, writing, and math through multiple-choice questions and two thirty-minute essay questions. In Kentucky, passing scores are as follows:

  • Reading: 156
  • Writing: 162
  • Math: 150

The Principles of Learning and Teaching tests measures general pedagogical knowledge through multiple-choice questions and constructed-response prompts based on case studies. These tests are administered at four grade level ranges: Early Childhood, K–6, 5–9 and 7–12. Complete the assessment for the grade range you’ll be most focused on teaching. Regardless of grade range, a passing score is 160.

The Art: Content Knowledge test (5134) is a two-hour exam that measures basic knowledge of art making and the historical and theoretical foundations of art in the Western tradition and worldwide. A passing score in Kentucky is 161.

 


 

Step 4. Apply for Your Certificate

As a beginning teacher, you can apply for a provisional internship certificate, good for a one-year term, which allows you to complete KTIP. You should apply early for the best result.

The next level of full certification to apply for is a Professional Certificate, formerly known as a provisional or standard certificate. These are issued for 5-year terms, and you must have a master’s degree within 10 years. Art teachers in Kentucky apply for a base certificate teaching primary through grade 12, with a specialization in art.

You need the following materials to apply:

  • A completed TC-1 application form
  • Official transcripts of all coursework
  • Verification by the Superintendent or Personnel Director of full-time classroom teaching experience at the appropriate grade level (Section 2 of TC-1)
  • Passing the exams listed above
  • Verification of completion of teacher preparation program from the preparing college or university (Section 4 of TC-1)
  • A $50 money order or certified check made payable to the “Kentucky State Treasurer” (you may also use EPSB “E-Pay” online service to pay fees after the completed application has been mailed).

Applicants may be found here. Mail completed application and a certified/cashier’s check or money order made payable to the “Kentucky State Treasurer” (or pay online) to:

Division of Certification
Education Professional Standards Board
100 Airport Road , 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

 


 

Step 5. Maintain and Upgrade Your Certificate

To renew your Professional Certificate, complete the following steps:

First 5-year renewal requires:

  • A TC-2 application
  • 15 graduate hours or half of the Continuing Education Option requirements
  • Signature of the superintendent verifying three years of teaching experience or an official transcript of the courses you have completed for renewal and the recommendation from the college of education official (if applicable).
  • Payment of a $50 money order or certified check made payable to the “Kentucky State Treasurer” (or use the EPSB “E-Pay” online payment service once the completed application has been mailed)

Second 5-year renewal requires:

  • Completion of a TC-1 application
  • Completion of an approved Master’s degree or an approved Fifth Year program (32 graduate hours) or completion of Continuing Education Option requirements
  • The signature of the superintendent verifying your three years of teaching experience or an official transcript of the courses you have completed for renewal and the recommendation from the college of education official (if applicable).
  • Payment of a $50 money order or certified check made payable to the “Kentucky State Treasurer” (or use the EPSB “E-Pay” online payment service once the completed application has been mailed)

Subsequent 5-year renewals require:

  • Completion of a TC-2 application
  • Completion of three years of classroom teaching during the last 5-year period of the certificate or six semester hours of additional graduate credit; and
  • The signature of the superintendent verifying your three years of teaching experience or an OFFICIAL transcript of the courses you have completed for renewal and the recommendation from the college of education official (if applicable).
  • Payment of a $50 money order or certified check made payable to the “Kentucky State Treasurer” (or use the EPSB “E-Pay” online payment service once the completed application has been mailed)

During the renewal process you may also apply for rank changes, which provide salary increases. Rank I is the highest level possible. Rank level requirements are as follows:

Rank III

  • Bachelor’s degree leading to a provisional teaching certificate

Rank II Options

  • Master’s degree to
  • A thirty two semester-hour non-degree Education Planned Fifth-Year Program (graduate level); or the Kentucky Continuing Education Option

Rank I Options

  • Thirty semester hours of approved graduate credit in addition to Rank II
  • Sixty semester hours of approved graduate credit including a master’s degree;
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification; or the Kentucky Continuing Education Option

To apply for a rank change, send the following to this address:

Division of Certification
Education Professional Standards Board
100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

  • A completed TC-1 application form (.pdf)
  • A $50 money order or certified check made payable to the “Kentucky State Treasurer” or use EPSB “E-Pay” online payment service to pay certification fees once the completed application has been mailed.
  • Official college transcripts of the rank change, and
  • Section IV of the TC-1 (.pdf) must be signed off by the certification officer at the institution where you completed the rank change

As in all states, the rigorous National Board Certification process is also an option. Teachers who achieve National Board Certification can apply for Rank 1 from the Education Professional Standards Board, the highest rank in Kentucky. This may allow for an increase in salary for teachers based on the local district pay scale that considers educational level and experience.

 


 

Step 6. Pursue Graduate Work

Graduate credit can lead to rank changes and salary increases, as noted above. Options for post-baccalaureate education in Kentucky include:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Ph.D. in Education Sciences
  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Ed.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
  • Ph.D. in Higher Education, Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
  • Master of Arts in Education, Elementary Education
  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Master of Arts in Education, Gifted Education
  • Master of Arts in Education, Instructional Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Education, Middle Grades Education

 




 


Kentucky Art Teacher Salaries

According to the National Education Association, the average starting salary for teachers in Kentucky (as of the 2012-2013 school year) was $35,166, slightly lower than the national average of $36,141. The average teacher salary over all was $47,875.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide data on art teacher salaries as a separate unit, but tracks salaries for elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers as larger categories. The department reports the following annual mean wages and employment numbers as of May 2013:

Occupation Title Employment Annual Mean Salary
Elementary School Teachers 19,920 $50,360
Middle School Teachers 8,420 $50,790
Secondary School Teachers 12,580 $51,960

However, teacher salaries can vary significantly by location. A sample of the median salaries and employment figures as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for some major cities appears below (note that not all areas track salaries for all locations):

Occupation Title Employment Annual Mean Salary
Bowling Green, KY
Elementary School Teachers 600 $47,100
Middle School Teachers 210 $48,260
Secondary School Teachers 370 $49,860
 

 

Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN
Elementary School Teachers 8,760 $56,510
Middle School Teachers 5,350 $59,840
Secondary School Teachers 5,260 $57,100
 

 

Clarksville, TN-KY
Elementary School Teachers 1,200 $55,320
Middle School Teachers 490 $58,350
Secondary School Teachers 670 $54,960
 

 

Elizabethtown, KY
Elementary School Teachers 460 $50,810
Middle School Teachers 260 $51,270
Secondary School Teachers 320 $54,060
 

 

Evansville, IN-KY
Elementary School Teachers 1,560 $48,520
Middle School Teachers 560 $51,410
Secondary School Teachers 1,050 $52,430
 

 

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
Elementary School Teachers 1,440 $47,430
Middle School Teachers 530 $48,010
Secondary School Teachers 780 $46,950
 

 

Lexington-Fayette, KY
Elementary School Teachers 2,180 $49,990
Middle School Teachers 1,130 $51,360
Secondary School Teachers 1,250 $51,140
 

 

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN
Elementary School Teachers 4,890 $55,300
Middle School Teachers 2,300 $55,540
Secondary School Teachers 3,730 $55,980
 

 

Owensboro, KY
Elementary School Teachers 530 $49,430
Middle School Teachers 230 $51,480
Secondary School Teachers 310 $53,080

Kentucky’s salary schedule for public schools in the 2013-2014 school year is below. These are state minimums:

Rank I II III IV V
Experience: 35,487 32,239 28,930 25,509 23,848
0-3 Years 38,759 35,487 32,239 25,509 23,848
4-9 Years 42,998 39,701 36,416 25,509 23,848
10-14 Years 44,237 40,953 37,656 25,509 23,848
15-19 Years 44,857 41,572 38,275 25,509 23,848

More information on the state’s salary schedules may be found here.

Information on postsecondary art teacher salaries throughout Kentucky and nearby areas can be found in the following table provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Area Name
Employment
Annual Median Salary
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
50
Estimate Not Released
Lexington-Fayette KY
240
Estimate Not Released
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
80
56700
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
70
55450
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
180
Estimate Not Released

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