Educator Development and Equity

Teaching and Learning Career Pathway

Published: 12/20/2019 3:25 PM

The Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness and the Office of Career and Technical Education present Kentucky high schools with an education career pathway to support the recruitment of a diverse and effective educator workforce, starting with our own high school students.

Focused on general theory and practice of learning and teaching, basic principles of educational psychology, art of teaching, planning and administration of educational activities, school safety and health issues, and social foundations of education, the pathway is designed to:

  • Provide a balance of scholarly and clinical experiences and emphasize reflective practice 

  • Create authentic experiences that engage students in effective educator practices.

  • Create knowledge, skills and dispositions of effective educators

  • Engage rising educators as participants in the statewide community of educators 

To complete the Teaching and Learning Career Pathway, students must complete three (3) required courses plus one (1) selected course.

The tables below provide the required courses, the additional course options, as well as the available assessment options.

Students must complete the following three (3) required Teaching and Learning Career Pathway courses:
Learning Communities
Students develop an understanding of the various responsibilities and systems involved in the K-12 educational system. Specifically, students acquire the knowledge of education through perspectives of classroom, school, district, state, and federal roles.
Learner Centered Classroom
Students develop rising educators' awareness of their funds of knowledge, as well as their personal bias that develop from their life experiences. Using research-based methods, students develop methods to impact student equity based on culturally competent models as well as growth mindset method.
The Professional Educator
Students will develop an understanding of how educators advance their profession within the classroom. Specifically, students will gain both the knowledge and skills to plan, deliver, and reflect on the process of teaching and learning.
Students select one (1) additional Teaching and Learning Career Pathway Course from the following options:
*Qualified teacher leaders must possess a minimum of a Rank II and have 5 years of teaching experience. 
Collaborative Clinical Experience
Students refine the required knowledge and skills to be an effective educator while also practicing the dispositions necessary for the educational profession. Specifically, students will gain an understanding of how teachers lead through individual and collaborative growth and reflection.
Principles of Career and Technical Education
Provides a general overview of career and technical education including program areas, components, philosophy and current trends and issues. Students examine a variety of topics including: history of CTE, work based learning, career and technical student organizations, advisory councils, professional organizations as well as the influence of legislation on CTE.
AP or Dual Credit
Students may complete and Advanced Placement or Dual Credit course in intended teaching discipline.

Industry Certification Options


The following universities are prepared to offer dual credit opportunities for each of the courses in the Teaching and Learning Career Pathway.


Asbury University 

David R. Riel 

Kentucky State University 

Kevin Jones

Murray State University 

Robert Lyons

Northern Kentucky University 

Sara Runge

University of Louisville 

Amy Lingo

Campbellsville University

Robin Magruder

​Kentucky Chistian University

Dr. Lisa Conn

Erin Ashcraft
Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness
Division of Educator Preparation, Assessment and Internship
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1479 Ext. 4514
Fax (502) 564-4007

​Additional Information and Resources

2019-2020 Program of Studies 

Helping Rising Educators

Q&A Document

webinar about Educators Rising and the Teaching and Learning career pathway

The Grow-Your-Own Imperative Cultivate future educators

Educators Rising Kentucky State affiliate and co-curricular student organization

Educators Rising National co-curricular student organization

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