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Option 1 - Exceptional Work Experience Certification

For Teaching Grades P-12

The Exceptional Work Experience option requires extensive development of materials because the documentation is extensive and the review process is rigorous. To see if you are a candidate for this route, answer the following questions:

  1. Do you have years of exceptional work experience after completing your Bachelor’s degree (not including classroom teaching experience) in the area for which you are seeking certification?
  2. Do you have a bachelor's or a grduate degree with at least a 2.75 overall grade point average (GPA)? (The GPA is based on a 4.0 scale.)
  3. Do you have a major in the content area for the certification you are seeking? If not, have you passed the Praxis II in that content area?
  4. Can you provide documentation of Exceptional Work Experience as defined by the Education Professional Standards Board*?
  5. Can you provide 3 – 5 recommendations from employers directly associated with your 10 years of exceptional work experience all of which specifically support the exceptional aspects of your work experience?
  6. Do you have an offer of employment in a local school district?

If you answered 'yes' to all of these questions, continue to create your portfolio. If you answered 'no' to any question, your alternative route choice will not be this option. Look at the criteria for Options 2-6 to see which best fits your situation. If you have an offer of employment from Jefferson County Schools, consider using Option 2.

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*16 KAR 9:010 defines someone having “Exceptional work experience” to mean “ A person with recognized superiority as compared with others in rank, status, and attainment or superior knowledge and skill in comparison with the generally accepted standards in the area in which certification is sought.”


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