Master of Arts in Alternative Route to 5-9 Certification in Middle School

Major: MSED
Degree Awarded: MAT
Unit: GE
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Program Information

The Alternative Certification program is designed to assist local school districts in meeting the demand for qualified teachers in high need content areas. The program provides candidates with an opportunity to pursue initial teacher certification while working as a full time teacher on a temporary provisional license.

Employment is not required for initial acceptance to the program. However, candidates must be employed in a Kentucky-accredited school by the start of the school year in order to continue in the program. This program is a two year, 30 credit hour program resulting in initial teacher certification and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.


Initial Assessment: Admission to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and Teacher Education; employment as a full-time temporary provisional teacher; passing scores on Content Praxis II exams; minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75; minimum GRE scores as required by EPSB; three letters of recommendation; professional statement; signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines; Bachelor's degree in content area or prerequisite content courses; "C" or higher in English 102 and oral communication course; and acceptable interview.

EDTP 631 Integrated Teaching and Learning I3
EDTP 632 Integrated Teaching and Learning II3
Choose one from the following courses (3 credit hours)3
EDTP 607 Middle School Language Arts Methods OR
EDTP 608 Middle School Math Methods OR
EDTP 609 Middle School Science Methods OR
EDTP 610 Middle School Social Studies Methods OR
EDTP 633 Integrated Teaching and Learning III3
EDTP 627 Practicum for Alternative Certification3

Mid-Point Assessment: Completion of all courses listed above; satisfactory dispositions assessment; no lower than 2.0 in content methods class(es); 2.0 or higher in Practicum for Alternative Certification. 2.50 cumulative GPA in content course requirements; passing score on 5-9 PLT PRAXIS exam; satisfactory midpoint teacher performance assessment (TPA); positive recommendation from Middle/Secondary Program Committee.

EDTP 503 Developing Cross-Cultural Competence3
Choose the technology course appropriate for your content certification area:3
EDTP 581 Technology Applications for Math Teachers (Math) OR
EDTP 582 Technology Applications for Science Teachers (Science) OR
EDTP 580 Digital Citizenship (English, Social Studies)
EDTP 620 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
EDTP 678 Supporting the Intern Teacher I
EDTP 679 Supporting the Intern Teacher II3
Minimum total credit hours30

Content courses remaining to complete certification requirements:

To maintain your Temporary Provisional Certificate, you MUST be enrolled in Alternative certification coursework.

Certification Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; Satisfactory certification teacher performance assessment (TPA). Passing score on 5-9 PLT PRAXIS exam; must pass KTIP.

Degree Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; all program course work with 3.0 cumulative GPA (and no more than a total of two “C’s” in degree courses). Satisfactory Alternative Certification degree teacher performance assessment (TPA).

Degree Candidacy: If not enrolled during the semester in which you are graduating, you will need to register for a degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog,, under the section called academic policies and requirements.

Praxis Disclaimer: Teacher certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for the test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at or for current requirements.

Departmental Faculty

Jenny Bay-Williams

Chair of Middle and Secondary Education Department

Peggy Brooks

KTIP Coordinator

Janet Calvert

Coordinator of Alternative Certification Program

James Chisholm

Assistant Professor

Penny Howell

Associate Professor

Ann Larson


Justin McFadden

Assistant Professor

Maggie McGatha
Associate Professor

Assistant Chair of Middle and Secondary Education Department

Danna Morrison

Coordinator of Field & Clinical Placements

Mikkaka Overstreet

Director of Minority Teacher Recruitment Project

Susan Peters

Associate Professor

Caroline Sheffield

Associate Professor

Steve Swan
Term Instructor

Director of the Instructional Technology Program

Shelley Thomas

Associate Professor

Thomas Tretter

Director of Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium

Jean Wolph