System Change Notification
The Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness (OELE) in
partnership with Randa Solutions, Inc. officially launched the Kentucky
Educator Credentialing System (KECS) on May 2nd, 2022. The new
system is being implemented as part of a multi-phase project to transition
educator certification, educator preparation and EPSB legal processes to an
online platform to help streamline user experiences, decrease turnaround time
as well as increase accuracy and efficiency.
Phase one has launched! : Educator Certification – Educator Preparation
(Admission/Exit) - Legal
As of May 2nd, 2022, all educators applying for initial
certification, renewal or rank change will now complete the process through the
new KECS system. The KECS system removes old processes of completing and uploading paper forms allowing a more streamlined experience for applicants, Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) and school districts.
EPSB legal and ethics processes have also transitioned to
KECS as well. While it may look a little different, superintendents will complete a similar process when filing complaints for legal matters. The new system allows for EPSB legal staff to track and handle educator cases brought to the EPSB.
Please click here
to access the KECS system
or view the frequently asked questions (FAQ) related to
applying for certification. For login issues, please contact the Randa
Solutions help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Certificate Retrieval and Verification
Please note that the EPSB is no longer printing and mailing educator certificates. Educators can retrieve a copy of their certificate for applications that were approved after March 16, 2018, by logging into their EPSB account and clicking on My Application Status to download their certificate from a PDF file. For a copy of a certificate approved before March 16, 2018, a CA-2 will need to be submitted. Only the individual educator can access the certificate, as he or she must log into the personal EPSB account.
School districts should verify the educator’s credential information listed on the printed copy certificate in Kentucky Educator Certification Inquiry (KECI) on the EPSB website.
The Division of Educator Preparation, Assessment, and Internship ensures that preparation programs for Kentucky educators meet established standards of quality. It facilitates the accreditation process, reviews programs and continuous assessment materials, and provides technical assistance for program improvement. This division maintains the array of assessments required for teacher and administrator certification. It oversees the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) and the Kentucky Principal Internship Program (KPIP), designed to provide assistance to new teachers and principals.
The Education Professional Standards Board is responsible for issuing and renewing certificates for all Kentucky teachers and administrators. Staff works closely with local school districts in the hiring process to ensure a properly credentialed educator in every professional position in Kentucky schools. Staff also works with Kentucky colleges and universities, out-of-state institutions, and national evaluation agencies. EPSB processes approximately 40,000 certification transactions annually.
The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is responsible for investigating and prosecuting all cases of educator misconduct. Kentucky Revised Statute 161.028 stipulates that the EPSB has the authority to suspend or revoke the certificates of educators that engage in misconduct, or impose other conditions that protect the safety of students, and the integrity of the profession. EPSB annually processes more than 300 disciplinary cases and 250 character and fitness cases.
The Education Professional Standards Board, in full collaboration and cooperation with its education partners, promotes high levels of student achievement by establishing and enforcing rigorous professional standards for preparation, certification, and responsible and ethical behavior of all professional educators in Kentucky.
The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) publishes reports and information related to quality in educator preparation and practice. In addition, EPSB provides research support and cooperates with a variety of external researchers. Research reviews developed by EPSB staff are provided as an informational service only. Placement of a research report on this site does not necessarily imply that the conclusions or recommendations of the report represent an official position of the EPSB.