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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.