Kentucky Alternative Teaching Certification Programs
According to the Glasgow Daily Times, Kentucky is facing a statewide shortage of math and Spanish teachers, and some areas of the state are also experiencing shortages of elementary, English, science, and social studies teachers. The state of Kentucky hires over 3,000 teachers every year, and according to the National Center for Alternative Education, a huge percentage of them – approximately 30 percent – enter the profession through a non-traditional route.
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The Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board has instituted eight separate ways for an individual to earn an alternate teaching certificate. These options include: Exceptional Work Experience Certification, Local District Training Program Certification, College Faculty Certification, Adjunct Instructor Certification, Veterans of the Armed Forces, University-Based Alternative Route to Certification, Institute Alternative Route to Certification, and Teach for America (TFA) Alternative Route to Certification. While each of these options has different requirements, all of them require at least a bachelor's degree and a grade point average of at least 2.5.
If you have at least 10 years of professional work experience in addition to your bachelor's degree, you may want to consider the Exceptional Work Experience Certification. In order to be eligible for this certificate, you must have either a major in the content area for the certification you are seeking or pass the Praxis II test in that content area. Additionally, you must provide documentation of work experience and three to five recommendations from relevant employers. If you are an armed forces veteran, the Kentucky Troops to Teachers program is very popular, according to the publication Kentucky Teacher. Over 300 veterans became certified to teach in 2011 alone. Troops to Teachers is a federally funded program created to assist eligible military personnel in making the career change to education in high-need schools.
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