University-Based Alternative Route for Teaching Grades P-12

Option 6 – University-Based Alternative Route to Certification

The most commonly used alternative route for pursuing teacher certification, Option 6 is a University-Based program that allows individuals who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a non-teaching major an avenue to attain initial teacher certification. Under this alternative route, a candidate receives a Temporary Provisional Certificate and has three years to complete all requirements of the program which includes successfully passing all required assessments.

Steps for Option 6

  • Enroll in an approved Option 6 program
    • Must meet all admission, testing and GPA requirements
    • Receive an acceptance letter from the institution verifying enrollment and hiring eligibility
  • Receive job offer from a school district
    • Complete and submit certification paperwork for Temporary Provisional teaching certificate
  • Complete approved program within three years to receive a Professional Certification

To search for Kentucky institutions that offer Option 6 programs, please visit the Approved IHE Programs page. Contact the individual institutions if more detailed information needed for specific programs and requirements. Please note that most programs require that you have the equivalent to a major in the content area for which you are seeking certification (except in the areas of elementary, early childhood, or special education).


*  THIS ROUTE IS FOR INITIAL CERTIFICATION ONLY.  IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU MAY BE AN ELIGIBLE CANDIDATE THROUGH THIS ROUTE, PLEASE CONTACT THE CERTIFICATION BRANCH AT:  KDELicensure@education.ky.gov.


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