Cooperating Teachers

Published: 9/22/2023 2:12 PM
  • valid teaching certificate or license for each grade and subject taught; and
  • at least three (3) years of teaching experience as a certified educator
  • complete training in:
    • (A) basic responsibilities of a cooperating teacher
    • (B) best practice in supporting the student teacher
    • (C) effective assessment of the student teacher
  • the ratio of student teachers to cooperating teachers shall be one-to-one

For more information regarding the requirements for cooperating teaching, please reference regulation 16 KAR 5:040.

Visit the Cooperating Teacher Training page for specific information on Parts A, B, and C of required training.


Any Kentucky school teacher who is serving as a cooperating teacher or supervising a student teacher for an in-state accredited college or university is eligible for compensation from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and may have tuition waived (up to 6 hours of credit hours) at one of the state’s eight (8) public universities.

Colleges and Universities have until September 30th for the fall semester and February 1st of the spring semester to enter field placement data into the Cooperating Teacher Payment Program.

After that date, cooperating teachers and university supervisors will need to electronically sign their voucher by logging into the EPSB Portal (If you do not have a username and password, you may create them by clicking on “Create New Account.”) Click on “Cooperating Teacher Assignment” to view and complete your voucher.

All Cooperating Teacher Payment Vouchers must have the two required signatures by December 15th for the fall semester and May 1st for the spring semester. Payments for both the fall/spring semester will be processed by June of the current academic year. Payment will be sent to each public school district for distribution to individual teachers, and compensation for teachers in private or parochial schools will be sent directly to their homes. If your voucher is incomplete or inaccurate, please contact Cathy Jackson at (888) 598-7667 or via email

Tuition Waiver Information

A Cooperating teacher for a student teacher may, with prior approval of the course-offering institution, take a maximum of six (6) credit hours per term at any of the eight state universities and pay no tuition. Each institution has its own requirements and stipulations for the waiver.

Below is contact information about the tuition waiver program at each institution.

Eastern Kentucky University

Kentucky State University

Morehead State University

Murray State University

Northern Kentucky University

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

Western Kentucky University


  • 16 KAR 5:040 Admission, placement, and supervision in student teaching

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