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Online Proficiency Evaluation for Additional Certification Program

Do you want to enhance your teaching abilities, credentials and opportunities? Then you should consider adding additional Kentucky teacher certifications to your CV. At University of the Cumberlands, we offer an online program of coursework you can use to help customize your education to your goals: the online Proficiency Evaluation for Additional Certification program.


What is UC's Proficiency Evaluation Additional Certification Program?

Conforming to standards issued by the EPSB (Educational Professional Standards Board), this non-degree, teaching certificate online program helps licensed teachers add certifications to teach specific age groups, subject areas, students with learning disorders, and more. It’s specifically designed for candidates who currently hold initial teaching certification in the state of Kentucky and who wish to add an additional certification(s) for teachers in one of these areas:

  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education (P-5)
  • Middle School Education (5-9)
  • English, Math, Science, and/or Social Studies
  • Secondary Education (8-12)
  • Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies
  • All Grades (P-12) Art, Integrated Music, Health, Physical Education
  • Business and Marketing (5-12)
  • Special Education–Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) – (P-12)

The online Proficiency Evaluation for Additional Certification program offers an encouraging and collaborative online learning experience. This higher education experience, combined with our exceptional faculty and the nature of the Proficiency Evaluation for Additional Certification program, allows the delivery of a broad and robust knowledge base in pedagogy and instruction.

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What Careers Can I Do with an Online Proficiency Evaluation for Additional Certificate?

Through an additional teaching certification(s), you can enhance your current teaching career path or pursue another specialty. Take on challenges in specialized areas of teaching such as the following:

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Why Earn an Additional Education Certificate?

At University of the Cumberlands, we understand the challenges today’s educators face as they seek to improve their student’s learning outcomes. Shaping young minds and helping others achieve learning goals motivates—this is a calling that motivates licensed teaching professionals to do more and be better. 

Additional credentials, in the form of the Kentucky teacher certification opportunities provided in this online proficiency evaluation program, can help you do more than achieve better learning outcomes for your students—they can help you advance your career opportunities, as well. If you want to advance your teaching career quickly and efficiently, a non-degree online program that offers the certifications you need to customize your career path is an extremely effective option.

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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Find University of the Cumberlands online curriculum and degree requirements related to the teacher certification courses as well as certification for special ed teachers courses by clicking on the links below.

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Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees.

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Admission Requirements

BEFORE you submit any additional admissions requirements, please submit a graduate application.

For admission to the teacher education certification program, the following items are necessary:

  • Completed Graduate Application and payment of the $30 associated fee
  • A completed Bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required to apply to all teacher certification programs, including certification for special ed teachers.  Submit official transcripts from all applicable colleges/universities attended; must be received directly from the issuing college or university. Transcripts sent in from students cannot be accepted even if they are in a sealed envelope. Official transcripts can be accepted in two ways:

Mailed to:
Graduate & Online Admissions
649 S. 10th Street Suite C
Williamsburg, KY 40769

(ie: National Clearinghouse, eScript, Parchment)

Official transcripts must show a cumulative degree GPA of 2.75 or above or a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed (including undergraduate and graduate coursework). If your GPA does not meet this requirement, the Graduate Admissions Committee will need to review your transcripts to determine your best option. If you are applying to a teacher education certification program other than Special Education or Elementary, your transcripts will need to be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee to ensure that you meet the required background hours for your program.

Background Hour Requirements
The Elementary (P-5) program and the Special Education: Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD) P-12 tracks within the teacher education certification program do not require background hours.

Middle School candidates have the option of pursuing certification in one or two emphasis areas:

  • For candidates pursuing 2 emphasis areas, Middle School certification requires a minimum of 24-27 background hours (English-24, math- 25, science- 26, social studies-27). Transcripts will be evaluated to determine eligibility.
  • For candidates pursuing one emphasis area, Middle School certification requires a minimum of 30 background hours or a major in your desired emphasis area. Transcripts will be evaluated to determine eligibility.

Secondary, All Grades, and Business & Marketing certifications require a minimum of 30 background hours or a major in your desired emphasis area. Transcripts will be evaluated to determine eligibility.

  • Valid Teaching License
  • Submit (3) three Letters of Recommendation - One letter must be from a recent or current employer or professor. Letters must be received directly from the person making the recommendation. Please ensure they use the same name and correct spelling of your name listed on your application (no nicknames). No recommendations from relatives please. We cannot accept letters emailed from the student.
  • No entrance exam is required for the teacher education certification program. 
  • Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the 8 International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a report from Duolingo. This requirement is waived for students who have completed bachelor’s or master’s level coursework in the U.S. at an accredited institution. The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are: 
    • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT) - 550 
    • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) - 79 
    • IELTS - 6
    • Duolingo - 100
  • Any international course work completed must have official transcript evaluations completed and submitted to the University by the evaluation firm. Evaluations MUST include GPA for admission.
    Approved Evaluation Firms are:
    • World Education Services (WES)
    • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
    • International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
    • Educational Perspectives (EP)
    • SpanTran

Criminal Background Check
This background check ensures that candidates have the appropriate clearance for working with P-12 students, faculty, and staff during various field/clinical experiences. Please complete the National Background check at The cost of the National Background check is $18.95 and the results are instantaneous. Background checks must be submitted in PDF form.

For additional admissions information, please contact:

University of the Cumberlands
Graduate & Online Admissions

649 S. 10th Street Suite C
Williamsburg, KY 40769

Phone 606.539.4390
Toll-Free 855.791.7199

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Click here to view University of the Cumberlands' accreditation information. 

In addition to the overall institutional accreditation statement above, the specialized accrediting bodies related to this degree are listed below. 

KDE/EPSB – State Accreditation
University of the Cumberlands' School of Education is further accredited through Kentucky's Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB), 100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601. (502) 564-4606. Fax: (502) 564-7080.

CAEP – National Accreditation
The School of Education at University of the Cumberlands (UC) is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at the initial-licensure level and advanced-level.  CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement.  UC’s School of Education has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.
CAEP Address: 1140 19th St NW #400, Washington, DC 20036
CAEP Phone Number: (202) 223-0077

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Click here to view a list of the proficiency evaluation additional certification faculty. 

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Admissions Office

Contact Us

Phone: 606.539.4390
Toll-free: 855.791.7199

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649 S. 10th Street Suite C
Williamsburg, KY 40769

CAEP Accreditation


 The School of Education at University of the Cumberlands complies with all CAEP standards across programs at the initial and advanced levels.