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Alternative Route to 8-12 Certification in Secondary Education

Major: SE
Degree Awarded: MAT
Unit: GE
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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 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; acceptable interview.

EDTP 631  Integrated Teaching and Learning I 3
EDTP 632  Integrated Teaching and Learning II 3
Choose one methods course from the following (3 credit hours)
EDTP 622  High School English Methods  
EDTP 623  High School Math Methods  
EDTP 624  High School Science Methods  
EDTP 625  High School Social Studies Methods  
EDTP 628  Business Methods 5-12  
EDTP 629  World Language Methods P-12  
EDTP 633  Integrated Teaching and Learning III
EDTP 627  Practicum for Alternative Certification 3

Mid-Point Assessment:  Completion of all courses listed above; satisfactory dispositions assessment; no lower than 2.0 GPA in content methods class(es); 2.0 or higher GPA in Practicum for Alternative Certification; 2.50 cumulative GPA in content course requirements; passing scores on 8-12 PLT Praxis exam; satisfactory mid-point 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 580  Digital Citizenship (English, Social Studies, Science, World Language)
EDTP 581  Technology Applications for Math Teaching (Math)
EDTP 582  Technology Applications for Science Teaching  (Science)
EDTP 620 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 3
EDTP 678 Supporting the Intern Teacher I 3
EDTP 679 Supporting the Intern Teacher II 3
Minimum total credit hours:

Certification courses remaining to complete certification requirements:

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

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:  Students who are not enrolled during the semester in which they are graduating must register for 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  

Departmental Faculty

Jennifer Bay-Williams

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

Pam Jett


Ann Larson


Maggie McGatha

Associate Professor

Danna Morrison

Coordinator of Field & Clinical Placement

Susan Peters

Assistant Professor

Caroline Sheffield

Assistant Professor

Melissa Shirley

Assistant Professor

Steve Swan

Director of Instructional Technology Program

Shelley Thomas

Assistant Professor

Thomas Tretter
Associate Professor

Director, Gheens Science Hall Rauch Planetarium, Science Education

Ingrid Weiland

Assistant Professor

Jean Wolph
Director, Louisville Writing Project

Contact Information

Secondary Education - MAT - Alternative Certification

Jan Calvert

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