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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 School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies & 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 I 3
EDTP  632  Integrated Teaching and Learning II 3
Choose one from the following courses (3 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 III 3
EDTP  627  Practicum for Alternative Certification 3

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 Competence 3
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 Curriculum 3
EDTP 678  Supporting the Intern Teacher I
EDTP 679  Supporting the Intern Teacher II 3
Minimum total hours 30

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

Jennifer Bay-Williams
Professor, Mathematics Education

Chair of Middle/Secondary Education Department

Peggy Brooks

KTIP Coordinator

William S. Bush

Director of Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Teacher Development

Janet Calvert

Coordinator of Alternative Certification Program

James Chisholm

Assistant Professor

Betty Doyle


Maxine Elliott

Coordinator Field and Clinical Experiences

John Finch


Penny Howell

Assistant Professor, Literacy and Middle Grades Education

Pam Jett


Ann Larson
Professor, English Education


Maggie McGatha

Associate Professor

Danna Morrison

Coordinator of Field & Clinical Placement

Susan Peters

Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education

Caroline Sheffield

Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education

Melissa Shirley

Assistant Professor, Science Education

Steve Swan

Director of Instructional Technology Program; Instructional Technology and Special Education

Shelley Thomas

Associate Professor, Social Studies Education

Thomas Tretter

Director, Gheens Science Hall Rauch Planetarium, Science Education

Ingrid Weiland

Assistant Professor, Science Education

Jean Wolph
Director, Louisville Writing Project

Contact Information

Middle School Education – MAT - Alternative Certification

Jan Calvert

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