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State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Effective December 1, 2016, Kentucky is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).  As described on the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements website (, the “State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.” A list of SARA members states and institutions can be found at the following link:  

The Education Professional Standards Board has the authority and responsibility to “set standards for, approve, and evaluate college, university, and school district programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel” for Kentucky pursuant to KRS 161.028(1)(b). The EPSB’s process for approving educator preparation programs is generally set forth in 16 KAR 5:010 with the general requirements for all educator preparation programs set forth in 16 KAR 5:020 and 16 KAR 5:040. Specific requirements for educator preparation programs located out-of-state and on-line are set forth in 16 KAR 4:030. More Information...



The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) 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 help ensure a properly credentialed educator in every professional position in Kentucky public schools. Staff also works with Kentucky colleges and universities, out-of-state institutions, and national evaluation agencies on the preparation of Kentucky certified educators. More information...

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