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Kentucky Alternative Certification Programs 

If you’re looking to become a teacher in Kentucky but you already hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, there are several programs available in the state to expedite the typical four-year process. Here is a look at what the programs are all about and what you need to know to apply.

Program Name: Exceptional Work Experience Certification

Program Mission and Overview

The Exceptional Work Experience Certification program focuses on bringing well-rounded prospective teachers into the classroom to provide students with a quality education. In addition to having sufficient work experience, participants in the program must also have exceptional experience in the subject area they would like to teach.

Participants in this program will also participate in the Kentucky Internship Teacher Program(KITP).

Eligibility and How to Apply

Candidates must:

  • Have at least 10 years of exceptional experience in the subject area to be taught.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in the specific subject to be taught.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Obtain an offer of employment from a Kentucky school district.

In addition to meeting the aforementioned requirements, applicants must complete a portfolio highlighting their skills and training, which includes the following:

    • TC-265 form, available at a local board of education office, which should be completed by the applicant and signed by a superintendent
    • Multi-page resume
    • Transcripts from college programs
    • Three to five letters of recommendation from past employers
    • Copies of published articles
    • Detailed explanation of how this experience will help in the classroo

 

 

Financial Information

Because this program does not require applicants to complete additional schooling, candidates incur only licensing fees.

Program Name: Local District Training Program Certification

Program’s Mission and Goals

This program allows prospective teachers to work directly with a school district to obtain the training they need to work in the field. The program consists of a one-year training program, followed by a one-year internship with the Kentucky Internship Teacher Program (KITP).

Eligibility and How to Apply

Candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.75. Exceptions can be made for those with exceptional work experience.
  • Have completed 30 hours of study or have at least five years of work experience in their field area.
  • Pass the required written assessments in the desired content area.
  • Obtain employment in a school district that offers an approved training program.

All application forms are available through the school district where candidates will work.

Financial Information

  • The training program for this certification is a paid position that places prospective teachers under the direction of a mentor to gain valuable experience in the classroom.
  • Some fees may be charged depending on school district regulations

Program Name: Adjunct Instructor Certification

Program’s Mission and Goals

This alternative teacher certification program was created for individuals who have training in a specific area of need. This program is not designed to turn into full teaching certification like many of the other programs are. Candidates who work through this program are not eligible for retirement benefits or continuing service status. Those who choose this program work in part-time positions. The school district provides the training for these individuals.

Eligibility and How to Apply

To be eligible for this program, candidates must have an offer of employment through a Kentucky school district. Candidates must also meet the following requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for elementary education.
  • An overall GPA of at least 2.5.
  • A GPA of at least 2.5 in the desired subject area for secondary education.
  • A high school diploma and four years of associated work experience.

The school district provides the necessary application forms.

Financial Information

The school district covers the training for candidates in this program. There may be fees associated with obtaining the proper license.

Program Name: University-Based Alternative Route to Certification

Program’s Mission and Goals

While completing coursework at a participating university, prospective teachers work in a Kentucky classroom to gain hands-on teaching experience. Upon completion of the coursework, prospective teachers must participate in the Kentucky Internship Teacher Program (KITP) for an additional year. This program must be completed within three years.

Eligibility and How to Apply

To be eligible for this program, candidates must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a field other than education and must meet the standards of the university where the candidate will complete coursework. Candidates apply for this program through the university of their choice.

Financial Information

Tuition costs and fees vary depending on which university prospective teachers enroll in.

Program Name: Institute Alternative Route for Certification

Program’s Mission and Goals

The Institute Alternative Route for Certification offers prospective teachers the opportunity to earn a provisional teaching license, which can be upgraded to a full license upon completion of three years of teaching.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in an area other than education.
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 or a graduate degree in the content area.
  • Have a minimum score of 500 on the verbal section of the GRE and a minimum score of 4 on the analytical writing section. Those seeking a math or science certification must also score a minimum of 450 on the quantitative section.
  • Pass a content knowledge test in the area of concentration.
  • Receive an offer of employment in a Kentucky school district.

Students may apply for this program through one of the approved institutions.

Financial Information

The cost of this program varies depending on the institution candidates choose for coursework. Scholarships, grants, and federal or private student loans can help students finance this program.

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