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If you are considering becoming a teacher, the University of Kentucky College of Education is the place for you!

This is the top-ranked education school in Kentucky and highly ranked among institutions across the United States. Our students receive a solid foundation in best teaching practices, with many hours of enriching field experiences before graduation, thanks to strong partnerships with schools and community organizations and innovative embedded programs. Our graduates are consistently sought by employers, who tell us students in our programs are highly prepared to be leaders in the classroom, from early childhood through high school – and beyond! 

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Scholarship/Loan/Grant opportunities for teacher certification majors

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority Teacher Scholarships/Loan Program (KHEAA)

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH)

Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching – Central Kentucky Education Cooperative

UK Noyce Fellowship Program


More Teacher Certification Information

Teacher Education, Certification, & Accreditation, including

Teacher Certification by State

Tools to Succeed Emily, Master’s with Initial Certification (Social Studies)

"The College of Education gave me the tools to succeed and the confidence to go into the professional world and make a difference. The faculty and staff at the College of Education always took a personal interest in my life, along with my peers, to ensure that we were prepared for life after graduation. I was supported, encouraged, and motivated to become the best teacher possible because of my time at UK."

AAQEP Accredited

AAQEP seal

The University of Kentucky is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The programs listed at this link have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through December 31, 2030. Accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.