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Additional Information on WKU Proficiency Requirements and Process


Western Kentucky University

Professional Education Unit (PEU)

Policy for Recommending Educator Certification Based on Proficiency Evaluation

Consistent with 16 KAR 5:030 on Proficiency Evaluation, Western Kentucky University (WKU) may provide “an alternate means for recognizing competency and proficiency other than academic credit for educators already holding initial certification.”

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

  • Previous education;
  • 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.

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:

Candidates seeking Initial Certification:

  • The teacher candidate must satisfy the applicable admission requirements set forth in 16
    KAR 5:020 (Standards for admission to educator preparation) at the time of application.
  • Faculty will evaluate and accept competency for initial teacher certification purposes for any of the specific curriculum requirements when the candidate demonstrates proficiency by reason of previous education, unusual experience, or proficiency examination at a level comparable to the usual requirements in the curriculum area.
  • The teacher candidate may demonstrate proficiency of the requirements set forth in 16
    KAR 5:040 (Admission, placement, and supervision in student teaching) by reason of previous experience.
  • The teacher candidate must successfully complete all state required assessments corresponding to the area of certification.
  • An Educator Learning Plan (ELP) will be completed outlining all necessary requirements for program completion. Upon completion of the ELP requirements and a CA-1 application, the WKU Office of Professional Educator Services (OPES) will recommend that the EPSB issue the certification (Statement of Eligibility or Professional Certification).

Procedures:

Admission

  1. Apply through the WKU Office of Professional Educator Services (OPES).
    Submit the following as part of the Admission Process:
    1. Letter of interest including experience and statement of goals
    2. Submission of the following evidence of admission criteria to the PEU
      Three letters of recommendation
      (Letters of interest/recommendation demonstrate candidates’ dispositions for teaching including creativity, collaboration, and communication skills)
      Kentucky criminal background check,
      Physical exam,
      TB Test,
      Signed KY Code of Ethics, and
    3. Submit passing scores on the required Praxis Core (CASE).
    4. Both the PLT, and all PRAXIS II examinations for the desired certification area (demonstrates Critical Thinking) must be submitted by the completion of the first 15 hours of coursework.  If no coursework is required, PLT, and all PRAXIS II examinations for the desired certification area must be submitted prior to the recommendation for certification
    5. Transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate coursework showing a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
    6. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 30 hours of attempted course work or a 2.75 GPA overall
    7. A major in the content area in which certification is being sought or the equivalent of a major, as determined by faculty in the content area
    8. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major
  2. Once the applicant submits the above materials, a three member committee will be formed by the Director of the School of Teacher Education (STE) for review. One member of the committee must be from the applicant’s academic department. Upon determination that the applicant is a candidate for the proficiency, the Chair of the committee will serve as the candidate’s advisor and communicate the expectations required for the portfolio.
  3. The applicant will construct a digital portfolio documenting mastery of all the Kentucky Teacher Performance Standards (KTPS) including all subcomponents (1.1., 1.2, etc.). Each subcomponent needs 2 to 4 pieces of strong evidence showing how the candidate has clearly demonstrated each indicator. All evidence should be hyperlinked. The portfolio should be organized, professional, and include the following:
    1. Three lesson plans with accompanying materials (technologies used for instruction, task sheets, rubrics, etc.)
    2. Three examples of student work
    3. Three videos of you teaching several lessons in the content area you are requesting certification
    4. Reflections from lessons taught
    5. Resume
    6. Documentation of extensive work experience in an education setting
    7. Other documentation showing mastery of the KTPS standards
  4. The review process includes an assessment of the candidate’s materials, professional dispositions, portfolio submissions (aligned to the Kentucky Teacher Performance Standards and SPA Standards) for the intended content/certification area. Additional documentation may be requested at the committee’s discretion for clarification.
  5. After reviewing the candidate’s portfolio and accompanying documents, if weaknesses are identified, the STE committee Chair will construct an Educator Learning Plan (ELP) based on deficiencies, which might include additional coursework and field/clinical hours. The timeline for completion shall not exceed two years from the date of ELP approval.
  6. Upon the approval of the ELP, the candidate’s name will be submitted to the Professional Education Committee (PEC) for admission to the Professional Education Unit (PEU). Candidate must also apply to WKU if the ELP contains additional coursework. The candidate’s Office of Educator Licensing and Effectiveness (OELE) admission date will be the same as the PEC admission approval date.
    Program Exit
  7. Upon successful completion of the ELP, the committee chair will evaluate the ELP and confirm satisfactory completion of all components including:
    1. Courses and/or other items identified in ELP,
    2. Candidates not employed by a school district: Successful completion of student teaching including a Teacher Work Sample, student teaching observations and evaluation, and WKU exit survey
    3. Candidates employed by a school district: an Internship process including KTIP based observations and evaluations, and exit survey
  8. The committee chair notifies OPES of candidate completion of ELP.
  9. The candidate may then submit the application for certification as required by the OELE.
  10. OPES will confirm candidate’s completion of the ELP and all state exit requirements.
  11. OPES will recommend the candidate for certification upon exit approval of the PEC.

Candidates seeking an Additional Certification area:

  • Faculty will evaluate and accept competency for additional certification purposes for any of the specific curriculum requirements when the candidate demonstrates proficiency by reason of previous licensure in Kentucky, education, unusual experience, or proficiency examination at a level comparable to the usual requirements in the curriculum area.
  • The certified educator must successfully complete all state required assessments corresponding to the area of certification.
  • An Educator Learning Plan (ELP) will be completed outlining all necessary requirements for program completion, including a timeline for completion not to exceed two (2) years.
  • Recency timeline for recommendation to EPSB. The certified educator shall submit a request for certification (CA-1 application) no later than five (5) years after the certified educator successfully completes all requirements set forth in the ELP

Procedures:

Admission

  1. Apply through the WKU Office of Professional Educator Services (OPES).
    Submit the following as part of the Admission Process:
    Letter of interest including experience and statement of goals
    (Letter of interest demonstrates candidates’ dispositions for teaching including creativity, collaboration, and communication skills)
    1. Transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
    2. Signed KY Code of Ethics
    3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 30 hours of attempted course work or a 2.75 GPA overall
    4. Passing Praxis II test scores in the area of requested certification
    5. Copy of all current teacher certification licensures
      (Previous CASE or GRE scores demonstrate critical thinking skills)
    6. Passing Praxis II test scores in the area(s) of requested certification must be submitted by the completion of the first 15 hours of coursework.  If no coursework is required, the PRAXIS II examinations for the desired certification area(s) must be submitted prior to the recommendation for certification.
  2. Once the applicant submits above materials, a three member committee will be formed by the Director of STE to review the materials. One member of the committee must be from the applicant’s academic department. Upon determination that the applicant is a candidate for the proficiency review process, the Chair of the committee will serve as the candidate’s advisor and communicate the expectations required for the portfolio.
  3. The applicant will construct a digital portfolio documenting mastery of all the Kentucky Teacher Performance Standards (KTPS) including all subcomponents (1.1., 1.2, etc.). Each subcomponent needs 2 to 4 pieces of strong evidence showing how the candidate has clearly demonstrated each indicator. All evidence should be hyperlinked. The portfolio should be organized, professional, and include the following:
    1. Three lesson plans with accompanying materials (technologies used for instruction, task sheets, rubrics, etc.)
    2. Three examples of student work
    3. Three videos of teaching lessons in the content area the candidate is requesting certification
    4. Reflections from lessons taught
    5. Resume
    6. Evidence of professional development attended in content area
    7. Documentation of extensive work experience in an education setting
    8. Other documentation showing mastery of the standards
  4. The review process includes an assessment of the candidate’s materials, professional dispositions, portfolio submissions (aligned to the Kentucky Teacher Performance Standards and SPA Standards) for the intended content/certification area. Additional documentation may be requested at the committee’s discretion for clarification.
  5. After reviewing the candidate’s portfolio and accompanying documents, if weaknesses are identified, the STE committee Chair will construct an Educator Learning Plan (ELP) based on deficiencies, which might include additional coursework and field/clinical experiences. The timeline for completion shall not exceed two years from the date of ELP approval.
  6. Upon the approval of the ELP, the candidate’s name will be submitted to the PEC for admission to the PEU. Candidate must also apply to WKU if the ELP contains additional coursework. The candidate’s OELE admission date will be the same as the PEC admission approval date.
    Program Exit
  7. Upon successful completion of the ELP, the committee chair will evaluate the ELP and confirm satisfactory completion of all components including:
    1. Clinical/fieldwork components
    2. Courses and/or other items identified in ELP
    3. Candidates not employed by a school district: Successful completion of student teaching including a Teacher Work Sample, student teaching observations and evaluation, and WKU exit survey
    4. Candidates employed by a school district: an Internship process including KTIP based observations and evaluations, and exit survey
  8. The committee chair notifies OPES of candidate completion of ELP.
  9. The candidate may then submit the application for certification as required by the OELE.
  10. OPES will confirm candidate’s completion of the ELP and all state exit requirements.
  11. OPES will recommend the candidate for certification upon exit approval of the PEC.

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:

  • Completed Proficiency Application including the following:
    • Professional Dispositions
    • Transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
    • A signed Kentucky Code of Ethics
  • Evidence of a 3.0 GPA or higher from an accredited institution
  • A master’s degree
  • Initial educator licensure from Kentucky or another state.
  • Three (3) years of teaching experience in an accredited public or non-public school as established in KRS 151.160.
  • Applicants seeking superintendent certification must also complete all requirements for Level I and Level II endorsement for School Principal or Supervisor of Instruction.

Admission

Proficiency evaluation procedures will be as follows:

  1. Apply through the WKU Office of Professional Educator Services (OPES) and submit the following:
    1. Departmental applications as appropriate for the certification being sought.
    2. Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
    3. A copy of all teacher certification licensures.
    4. A personal statement from the applicant explaining why he or she should be considered for proficiency evaluation based on previous education, comparable experience, or other factors.
  2. Once the applicant submits the above materials, the EALR Department Chair will designate a faculty member to serve as advisor to the applicant during the next 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.
  3. The applicant’s portfolio, transcripts, and application materials will be reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the EALR Department Chair. The committee will include at least two persons, at least one of whom will be the student’s designated advisor as described in the previous paragraph. 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.
  4. After consideration of the applicant’s portfolio, other application materials, and meeting with the committee, the review committee will prepare an Educator Learning Plan (ELP) outlining any additional coursework, performance assessments, field/clinical experiences, or other requirements necessary for the applicant to demonstrate mastery of all program-associated PSEL Standards with a timeline for completion not to exceed two (2) years. The ELP must include successful completion of all licensure assessments required under Kentucky statute or regulation.
  5. The ELP will be submitted to the EALR Department Chair for approval, or at his/her discretion, further revisions before approval. The applicant’s designated advisor will communicate all expectations of the completed ELP to the applicant and assist the applicant with admissions, registration, or other requirements.
    Program Exit
  6. Upon successful completion of the ELP, the committee chair will evaluate the ELP and confirm satisfactory completion of all components including:
    1. Clinical/fieldwork components
    2. Courses and/or other items identified in ELP
    3. Program Key Assessments as identified in the ELP
    4. Passing Praxis II Scores
  7. The committee chair notifies OPES of candidate completion of ELP.
  8. The candidate may then submit the application for certification as required by the OELE.
  9. OPES will confirm candidate’s completion of the ELP and all state exit requirements.
  10. OPES will recommend the candidate for certification upon exit approval of the PEC.

Consistent with 16 KAR 5:030 Section 9. Recency.
(1) The certified educator seeking another certification shall submit a request for certification no later than five (5) years after successfully completing all requirements set forth in the ELP; or
(2) Within twelve (12) months after the EPP discontinues the educator preparation program identified in the ELP, whichever occurs first. (SBE 42.005(8), .022(2); 1 Ky.R. 494; eff. 3-12-75;
Am. 3 Ky.R. 243; eff. 11-3-76; 10 Ky.R. 1098; eff. 5-1-84; recodified from 704 KAR 20:030, 7-2-
2002; 44 Ky.R. 1589, 2089; 45 Ky.R. 326; eff. 8-31-2018)

Field/Clinical Experiences
Appropriate field/clinical experiences would be evaluated and designated by the program committee. Those clinical experiences would be coordinated by OPES and recorded in KFETS. All initial graduate candidates must complete the student teaching practicum. 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.

For those candidates seeking additional certifications areas, the committee will take all previous teaching experience, content areas, etc. into account. The committee may choose to recommend additional observation hours, clinical experiences, or coursework with embedded practicums as part of the candidates’ ELP. Partnerships with local P-12 systems offering new teacher academies or induction processes may also be used to provide additional support for candidates.


 

 

 


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