Alternative Teacher
Certification Kentucky

Apply today and begin your journey
to Kentucky teacher certification.

The Road to Kentucky Teacher Certification is Simple

You can become a teacher in Kentucky without a traditional education degree through the iteach Alternative Route to Certification program. If you have a bachelor’s degree and a passion for teaching, our CAEP-accredited program can have you teaching with full pay in as few as eight weeks.

  • Apply and Enroll
  • Train and Prepare
  • Teach with Full Pay
  • Get Licensed

Apply and Enroll

1-2 Weeks on Average

It’s time to be the teacher
you’ve always wanted to be.


Train and Prepare

8-12 Weeks on Average

Once you enroll, complete the following requirements to start teaching in the classroom.


Teach with Full Pay

1-2 semesters

You will complete a one to two-semester paid residency where you will be employed full-time as a teacher in your content area with a Temporary Provisional Certificate. In this position, you receive the salary and benefits of a first-year teacher.


Get Licensed

1-2 Semesters on Average


  • Submit official university transcripts that include your graduating  GPA
  • Complete the iteach Introductory Course
  • Pay your $99 enrollment fee
  • Acknowledge your Letter of Agreement



Online and Self-Paced Pre-Hire Instructional Coursework

Pre-hire courses include:

  • TCKY 5000: The Road to Certification: An Overview of Teaching
  • TCKY 5100: Learning Environments
  • TCKY 5200: Learner Development
  • TCKY 5300: Planning for Instruction and Assessment


Pass your Content Exam(s)

iteach will identify the area(s) of certification you are eligible for when you apply. Before you can start teaching, you will need to take and pass the appropriate Praxis II subject area exam(s). You can find detailed information about the Praxis test requirements for each area of certification on the ETS website.

We know testing can be stressful, but we have been there and are here to help you with free test preparation resources from Passage Preparation.




Set up your Payment Plan

As you budget, bear in mind there are some additional state-required fees that you will pay to outside agencies or companies. You can apply for reimbursement for your test registration fees after you take the tests from the Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching.

Once everything is complete, you can access your Statement of Eligibility for hire.


Prepare for Your Residency

You must secure your own residency position through a district application and interview process.


Supervision During Residency

During the residency, you will be assigned a highly experienced supervisor who will visit your classroom periodically, offer guidance and support, and work closely with the campus administration to ensure you are successful.


Instructional Coaching During Residency

iteach will provide you with 1:1 content-specific instructional coaching to hone your teaching techniques.




Complete Coursework:

  • TCKY 5400 Literacy and 21st Century Instruction
  • TCKY 5500 Learner Differences and Special Needs
  • TCKY 5600 Diverse Populations,  English Language Learners and Bilingual Students
  • TCKY 5700 Residency-specific course, during your first year in the classroom


  • Successfully complete your residency
  • Pass the appropriate Praxis PLT Exam for your area of certification. 
  • Pay your iteach program fees in full


    Kentucky Program
    Admission Requirements

    Take the first step to acceptance into our training program. Here are our admission requirements:

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    Bachelor's Degree

    Your degree must be from an accredited college or university.


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    Minimum 2.75 GPA

    You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in your last 30 hours of college coursework. Submit official university transcripts that include your graduating GPA.


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    Content Area Assignment Identified​

    iteach will identify the area(s) of certification that you are eligible for by reviewing your transcripts during the admissions process. See our FAQs to learn about the content area requirements.



    Kentucky Alternative Teacher Certification Pricing

    Our Kentucky teacher certification pricing was created with you in mind. $0 to apply. $99 to enroll. And $99 a month to pay toward your total price of $4,449.

    $0to Apply

    Complete an online application in just a few minutes and take the first step toward your new teaching career.

    $99to Enroll

    Once accepted, you pay your $99 enrollment fee and you can immediately begin taking your first course.

    $4,449 Total Cost

    Pay $99 / month until you start your residency. Pay your remaining balance in interest free installments during your residency, while earning a full teacher salary.

    What You Get:



    Additional Fees:

    As you budget, bear in mind there are some additional state-required fees that you will pay to outside agencies or companies.

    • Praxis CASE: $270
    • Praxis II: varies
    • Praxis PLT: $156
    • Professional Certification (upon program completion): $85


    Download the Kentucky
    Alternative Certification Guide

    Need more information about alternative certification in Kentucky?
    Complete the form below, and we will send you all the information you
    need about our program.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    You may apply at any time; iteach enrolls students on a continual basis.

    No. No matter what bachelor’s degree you have, it’s your subject matter expertise, combined with your successful completion of our program, that makes you eligible to teach.  We’ll teach you what you need to know and do in order to be a successful teacher yourself. 

    Kentucky requires that you have a bachelor’s degree or higher with an academic major in the content area of certification or in a related field. For example, prospective English teachers must have a major in English, Journalism, or a related subject. 

    For elementary education, this would include an academic major in any area for which an elementary teacher has permissions to teach (English, social studies, science, math, music, art, health, P.E.), or a degree in general studies, interdisciplinary studies, or similar  

    For special education, this would include an academic major in any area for which an elementary teacher has permissions to teach (English, social studies, science, math, music, art, health, P.E.), an academic major in an area of disabilities, or a degree in general studies, interdisciplinary studies, or similar.

    P-12 Communication Disorders (SPLA Only) requires a baccalaureate degree in communication or speech language pathology and licensure as a speech-language pathology assistant issued by the Kentucky Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.

    P-12 Communication Disorders requires a master’s degree in communications or speech language pathology.

    No, iteach is not an institution of higher education. Therefore, the program does not qualify for financial aid.

    You can complete all program-required instructional coursework in  as little as three months. The entire iteach program, including your teaching residency, is designed to be completed within one  year. However, you have two full school years to find a teaching position as long as you are enrolled in the iteach program. Once hired, you must complete all remaining program requirements during your residency.

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