Personal tools
You are here: Home Program Information Degree Programs Degree Programs by School GE - College of Education and Human Development Secondary Education - MAT - Alternative Certification
Document Actions

Alternative Route to 8-12 Certification in Secondary Education

Major: SE
Degree Awarded: MAT
Unit: GE
Program Webpage:

Program Information

The Alternative Certification program is designed to assist the 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 certificate.

Employment is not required for initial acceptance to this 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 Teacher Education.  Minimum undergraduate degree GPA 2.75, Minimum GRE scores [Verbal 150 (450), Quantitative 143 (490), Analytical Writing 4.0], three letters of recommendation, professional statement, bachelor’s degree, "C" or higher in English 102 and oral communication. Completion of prerequisite courses ( with 2.50 GPA or higher. Passing scores on the appropriate content PRAXIS II test(s).

EDTP 631  Integrated Teaching and Learning I3
EDTP 632  Integrated Teaching and Learning II3
Choose one from the following (3 credit hours)
EDTP 622  High School English Methods3
EDTP 623  High School Math Methods3
EDTP 624  High School Science Methods3
EDTP 625  High School Social Studies Methods3
EDTP 628  Business Methods 5-123
EDTP 629  Foreign Language Methods P-123
EDTP 633  Integrated Teaching and Learning III
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); all content coursework completed with a 2.5 cumulative GPA; 2.0 or higher in Practicum for Alternative Certification; Passing scores on 8-12 PLT PRAXIS exam; satisfactory mid-point teacher performance assessment (TPA); positive recommendation from Middle/Secondary Program Committee.

EDTP 620 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum/Adolescent Literature3
EDTP 678 Supporting the Intern Teacher I3
EDTP 679 Supporting the Intern Teacher II 
EDTP 503 Developing Cross-Cultural Competence

Choose the technology course 1 appropriate for your content certification area:

EDTP 580 Digital Citizenship (English, Social Studies, Science, Business, World Lang)3
EDTP 581 Technology Applications for Mathematics Teaching3
EDTP 582 Technology Applications for Science Teaching3
Minimum total hours30

Certification Assessment:  Satisfactory dispositions assessment; Satisfactory certification teacher performance assessment (TPA); passing score on 8-12 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 acadmeic policies and requirements.

Departmental Faculty

Jennifer Bay-Williams

Department Chair, Professor

Peggy Brooks

Instructor, KTIP Coordinator

William S. Bush   

Professor, Director of Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Teacher Development

Janet Calvert

Instructor and Coordinator of Alternative Certification Program

Penny Howell

Assistant Professor

Ann Larson   

Vice Dean and Professor

Maggie McGatha   

Associate Professor, Assistant Dept. Chair

Danna Morrison   

Instructor, Coordinator of Field & Clinical Placements

Susan Peters   

Assistant Professor

Bob Ronau   


Gina Schack   


Caroline Sheffield   

Assistant Professor

Melissa Shirley   

Assistant Professor

Shelley Thomas   

Assistant Professor

Thomas Tretter   

Associate Professor & Director, Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium

Jean Wolph
Instructor & Director, Louisville Writing Project

Contact Information

Secondary Education - MAT - Alternative Certification

Jan Calvert

Powered by Plone CMS, the Open Source Content Management System

This site conforms to the following standards: