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Certification

Alternate Routes to Certification

Published: 8/2/2022 3:56 AM

​There are numerous routes to initial teacher certification in Kentucky that include traditional and nontraditional pathways. The Kentucky General Assembly, under KRS 161.048 has enacted alternative routes to teacher and administrator certification for persons who have demonstrated exceptional work and/or educational experiences. There are eight options for alternative teacher certification under state satue.


Option 1:  Exceptional Work Experience

Candidates with exceptional, non-teaching work experience in an academic content area, who have a minimum of a bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA, may be eligible for this pathway.

 

Option 2: Local District Training Program

Certification may be attained through an approved local program conducted by a local school district or group of school districts. Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree, 2.75 GPA, a passing score on the academic content assessment in the area in which certification is being sought and an offer of employment. (There are no current Option 2 programs approved by the EPSB.)

 

Option 3:  College Faculty

Candidates who have a minimum of a master’s degree in an academic content area and have at least five years of full-time teaching experience in the content area at the college level may be eligible for certification for the specific content under this route.

 

Option 4:  Adjunct Instructor (P-12)

The Adjunct Instructor Certification does not lead to professional certification in Kentucky. However, it does allow those who have expertise and a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in an academic content area and meet other qualifications to teach part-time on a contract basis. Please, contact Melinda Penny at melinda.penny@education.ky.gov for more information.

 

Option 5:  Armed Forces Veterans

A pathway to certification for veterans with at least six years of eligible military service and an honorable discharge who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in an academic content area or meet Praxis II academic content assessment requirements, and a GPA of at least 2.75. Please, contact Norma Andrade at norma.andrade@education.ky.gov for more information.

 

Option 6:  University-Based Alternative Route

Individuals who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a non-teaching major interested in attaining initial teacher certification; meet university admission requirements and a GPA of at least 2.75.

 

Option 7:  Institute Alternative Route

In this option, candidates complete training through an approved institute that addresses multiple research-based teaching strategies and practices. Candidates with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in an academic content area, 2.75 GPA, a passing score on the GRE or Core Academic Skills for Educators assessment, and a passing score on the Praxis II academic content assessment in the area in which certification is being sought may be eligible for this pathway. The EPSB has approved two Option 7 programs: The CKEC Teacher Certification Institute (contact Maurice Chappell) and the Nelson County Schools New Teacher Institute (contact Karen Lee).


This route is for initial certification only. Please review the information below. If you feel that you may be an eligible candidate through this route, please email Margaret Hockensmith.


You are a candidate for this route if you:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree with a declared academic major in the area in which certification is sought or a graduate degree in a field related to the area in which certification is sought;

  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of two and seventy-five hundredths (2.75) on a four (4) point scale or a minimum grade point average of three (3) on a four (4) point scale on the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed, including undergraduate and graduate coursework from a nationally or regionally accredited postsecondary institution;

  • Have a passing score on the GRE or CASE as designated by the Education Professional Standards Board. (A candidate who has a terminal degree shall be exempt); 

  • Have a passing score on the academic content assessment in the area in which certification is being sought as designated by the Education Professional Standards Board.


Prior to receiving the one (1) year provisional certificate or during the first year of the certificate, the teacher shall complete the following:

  • A candidate seeking elementary teaching, the individual shall successfully complete the equivalent of a two hundred forty (240) hour institute, based on six (6) hour days for eight (8) weeks.

  • A candidate seeking middle and secondary teaching, the individual shall successfully complete the equivalent of a one hundred eighty (180) hour institute, based on six (6) hour days for six (6) weeks. 

Option 8:  Teach For America (TFA)

A national nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supports outstanding recent college graduates for career placement in participating school districts within the Appalachian Region of Kentucky. For more information please contact Teach for America Appalachia.

Option 9: Expedited Route 

This is an expedited route to certification that results in a bachelor's degree and initial certification within three school years. The route requires a college or university to partner with a district or group of districts to develop a program that includes a paraprofessional/residency component and utilizes experienced teachers to provide coaching and mentoring. Though this route requires a candidate to be employed in a classified position while completing coursework, it does not allow the candidate to serve as a teacher while enrolled in the route. To serve as a teacher, an individual must possess a teaching certificate. The Option 9 alternative route only provides for initial certification once the candidate completes the bachelor’s degree and certification assessments.
 
Programs and participants will be required to meet the requirements of KRS 161.048(10) and the 16 KAR 9:110E. There are no current Option 9 programs approved by the EPSB. Please contact Todd Davis​ for more information. 



EPSB Web Portal - By creating an account on the EPSB Web Portal, you can monitor your certification process, ensure the most recent assessment scores are updated, and pay necessary fees using ePay

CA-1 and CA-2 Online Submission Instructions


Troops to Teachers

Teach for America Website

Teach for America Appalachia

 

Crystal Hord
Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness
Division of Educator Preparation and Certification
300 Sower Blvd., 5th floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-5846
crystal.hord@education.ky.gov


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