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Alternate Route to Teacher Certification


Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT)

Western Kentucky University offers an alternative route to teacher certification training and the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree through their 36-hour programs. The target participants for this program will be (1) mid-career professionals from various fields who possess strong subject-matter skills and (2) recent college graduates with outstanding academic records and baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education. Though the ARTC/MAT program will be open to participants seeking certification in many content areas, those who seek certification in high-need fields such as mathematics, science, foreign language, and special education will be particularly recruited.

Admission and Application Information is available for the following programs:

  1. MAT in Secondary Education/Alternate Route to Teacher Certification (Ref. #0495)
  2. MAT in Middle Grades Education/Alternate Route to Teacher Certification (Ref. #0458)
  3. Alternative Route to Special Education Program (Ref. #0456)  | Curriculum Contract

For more information, contact:

Tonya Guyton
Student Support Specialist
School of Teacher Education
Western Kentucky University
GRH Room 1096
Phone 270-745-2588
Fax 270-745-6322
ste.gradprograms@wku.edu  or tonya.guyton@wku.edu

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Policy for Recommending Educator Certification Based on Proficiency Evaluation

Consistent with 16 KAR 5:030 on Proficiency Evaluation, Western Kentucky University (WKU) will provide an alternate means for recognizing competency and proficiency other than academic credit for those already holding a degree in a certifiable area or educators already holding initial certification.

When conducting a proficiency evaluation, WKU faculty will assess proficiency by considering:

  • Previous education;
  • Related/unusual experience; or
  • Proficiency assessment at a level comparable to the usual requirements in the content area in which the educator is seeking certification.

Additional information about this process and the certifiable areas approved by EPSB


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 Last Modified 7/15/19