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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
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.