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Kentucky Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification

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The Kentucky General Assembly has enacted alternative routes to teacher and administrator certification for persons who have demonstrated exceptional work and/or educational experiences. The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is the state agency that establishes standards and procedures for the alternative route options. The EPSB provides technical assistance to qualifying individuals who have potential as educators in Kentucky schools, to local boards of education, and to institutions of higher education in implementing these options.

Option 1: Exceptional Work Experience Certification

For Teaching Grades P-12

The Exceptional Work Experience option requires extensive development of materials because the documentation is extensive and the review process is rigorous. To see if you are a candidate for this route, answer the following questions:

1. Do you have at least 10 years of exceptional work experience after completing your Bachelor’s degree (not including classroom teaching experience) in the area for which you are seeking certification?

2. Do you have a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.5 overall grade point average (GPA)? (The GPA is based on a 4.0 scale.)

3. Do you have a major in the content area for the certification you are seeking? If not, have you passed the Praxis II in that content area?

4. Can you provide documentation of Exceptional Work Experience as defined by the Education Professional Standards Board*?

5. Can you provide 3 – 5 recommendations from employers directly associated with your 10 years of exceptional work experience all of which specifically support the exceptional aspects of your work experience?

6. Do you have an offer of employment in a local school district?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, continue to create your portfolio. If you answered ‘no’ to any question, your alternative route choice will not be this option. Look at the criteria for Options 2-6 to see which best fits your situation. If you have an offer of employment from Jefferson County Schools, consider using Option 2.

Option 2: Local District Training Program Certification

For Teaching Grades P-12

You are a candidate for this route if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 GPA (exceptional experience may be substituted for GPA requirement);
  • Have passed required written assessments in the specialty area;
  • Have completed a 30-hour course of study in the specialty area or have five years of exceptional field experience related to the certification area being sought;
  • Have an offer of employment from a school district that has an approved training program.*

Additional Information: After successfully meeting the requirements of the one-year training program, the candidate receives a one-year Provisional Certificate and participates in KTIP. Upon successful completion of the internship program, he/she receives the Professional Certificate.

*The EPSB currently has an approved program in Jefferson County. For more information contact Jefferson County Public Schools at (502) 485-3011 and ask about the ACES program.

Option 3: College Faculty Certification

For Teaching Grades 8-12

You are a candidate for this route if you:

  • Have a minimum of a master’s degree in the academic subject for which certification is sought; and
  • Have five years of full-time teaching experience or its equivalent (90 semester credit hours) at an accredited institution of higher education in the academic subject for which certification is sought.

Additional Information: A candidate meeting these requirements receives a Statement of Eligibility. After obtaining employment, the candidate receives a one-year Provisional Certificate. Upon successful completion of KTIP during the first year of teaching, the teacher receives the Professional Certificate.

Option 4: Adjunct Instructor Certification

For Teaching Grades P-12

You are a candidate for this route if you:

  • Have an offer of employment;
  • Have expertise in a specific area; and
o For elementary certification have a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.5;

o For middle or secondary certification have an overall GPA of 2.5 and have a GPA of 2.5 in the major/minor or area of concentration in the subject to be taught; or

o For vocational education certification have a high school diploma and at least four years of appropriate occupational experience.

Additional Information:

  • A candidate meeting these requirements is employed in a part-time position on an annual contract basis and is not eligible for continuing service status or retirement provisions. A school district may contract with an adjunct instructor on an hourly, daily, or periodic basis. The local school district must provide an orientation program for adjunct instructors.
  • This route will never lead to full state certification and will not help meet NCLB “highly qualified” requirements.

Option 5: Veterans of the Armed forces

For Teaching Grades P-12

You are a candidate for this route if you:

  • Were discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions after six years of active duty immediately before the discharge or release;
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in the subject matter or related area for which certification is sought;
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 for a bachelor’s degree or hold an advanced degree; and
  • Have passing scores on EPSB-approved subject matter assessments.

Additional Information: A candidate meeting these requirements receives a Statement of Eligibility. After obtaining employment, the candidate is issued a one-year Provisional Certificate. Upon successful completion of KTIP during the first year of teaching, the teacher receives the Professional Certificate. In addition, veterans may also qualify for the Troops to Teachers program, which offers stipends to qualified candidates willing to teach in “high need” school settings.

Option 6: University-Based Alternative Route to Certification

For Teaching and Administration Grades P-12

REGULATION REGARDING ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION OPTION 6

You are a candidate for this route if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s or master’s degree; and
  • Meet university admission standards.

Additional Information: In the 2000 legislative session, the Kentucky General Assembly provided potential educators a new route to certification that allows completion of the preparation program with concurrent employment in a school district. A candidate receives a Temporary Provisional Certificate and participates in KTIP or KPIP (internships). The candidate must complete all requirements within three years (two years for administration) and pass all required assessments prior to entering the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program. Persons interested in this option should contact the College of Education officials at their respective college or university.

Option 7: Institute Alternative Route to Certification Guidelines for submitting an application to provide an alternative route to certification institute. Allows a person in a field other than education to receive a one-year Temporary Provisional Certificate (elementary, middle, and/or secondary) renewable for a maximum of three years, if he/she has met the following conditions: * Holds a bachelor’s degree with a declared academic major in the area of certification and a cumulative GPA of 3.0, or a professional or graduate degree in a field related to the area of certification. * Has a minimum score of 500 on the verbal section and a minimum score of 4 on the analytical writing section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); in addition, candidates for math/science certification shall have a minimum score of 450 on the quantitative section of the GRE. (Candidates who have professional degrees are exempt from this requirement.) * Passes written tests designated by the EPSB for content knowledge in the area of certification (e.g., Praxis). * Has an offer of employment from a local school district in the area of certification being sought via the Option 7 program. Kentucky Department of Education

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