Exceptional Work Experience Portfolio
For Teaching Grades PK-12
The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) looks carefully
at your documentation. Your goal is to demonstrate the exceptionality
of your work experience. You must show that your experience is
above and beyond that of the average professional in
Prior to preparing your portfolio, please make sure you meet
the minimum qualifications for Option 1:
- 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.
- A bachelor's degree with at least a 2.75 overall grade point
average (GPA) (The GPA is based on a 4.0 scale.)
- A major in the content area for the certification you are
seeking. If you do not meet this requirement, you must pass
the Praxis II in the content area before submitting your materials.
- An offer of employment in a local school district.
Submit the portfolio (no more than 50 pages) unbound
(no paper clips, staples, or page covers) in this order:
- TC-265 form completed by applicant and signed by superintendent.
Get this form from your local board of education office.
- Document your work experience with a multi-page résumé
(be very detailed when explaining past work experience; the
portfolio has to demonstrate your exceptional work experience
to the EPSB). Clearly identify the years the Board
should consider. Please note that this experience must have
been gained after completing your bachelor's degree. Classroom
teaching experience will not be counted toward the years.
- Include official transcripts from all colleges/universities
you have attended.
- Attach letters of recommendation from former employers, respected
experts in your field, community leaders, and school or school
district employees. You must have 3-5 such letters, including
at least one directly associated with each experience
you are using as your exceptional work
- List your awards or professional achievements.
- Include copies of published articles written by or about you.
- Provide a detailed explanation of how you will
draw from your exceptional work experience to
meet each of the 10
Kentucky Teacher Standards (see below). Reflect
how past work experience substantiates each Kentucky Teacher
Standard not what you plan to do in the classroom.
In this explanation, specifically tell the board what skills
gained from your exceptional work experience will allow you to
- Demonstrate Applied Content Knowledge Standard 1
- Design and Plan Instruction Standard 2
- Create and Maintain Learning Climate Standard 3
- Implement and Manage Instruction Standard 4
- Assess and Communicate Learning Results Standard 5
- Demonstrate Implementation of Technology Standard 6
- Reflect on and Evaluate Teaching and Learning Standard
- Collaborate with Colleagues/Parents/Others Standard 8
- Evaluate Teaching and Implement Professional Development
- Provide Leadership Within School/Community/Profession Standard
The Kentucky Teacher Standards can be viewed in more detail at:
Follow these steps carefully:
- Complete your portfolio.
- Present your portfolio in order shown above. Do not bind,
staple, paper clip or put in page or report covers. Please try
to limit your portfolio to 50 pages or less. No more than
50 pages will be presented to the board (pages for exclusion
will be chosen by EPSB staff).
- Ensure that your portfolio is received at EPSB 6 weeks prior
to the board meeting in order to be presented. (Example: If
the board meeting is scheduled for August 1, your portfolio
must be received in its entirety by June 20) If the portfolio
is not complete, EPSB staff cannot guarantee presentation at
the upcoming board meeting.
- Mail your portfolio to:
Education Professional Standards Board
Attn: Alternative Routes Coordinator
100 Airport Road , 3rd Floor
Frankfort , KY 40601
If determined to be complete by EPSB staff, your portfolio will
be presented to the EPSB. EPSB
Board members are educators from different education
backgrounds and geographic areas.
If your application is approved, you will receive a one-year
Provisional Teaching Certificate . During the first year of teaching,
you participate in the Kentucky
Teacher Internship Program (KTIP). Upon successful
completion of the internship, you will receive the Professional
Certificate (See 16
KAR 7:010 for a description of certificates.)
If your application is not approved, then you may want to consider
6, the University Based Alternative Route.
Contact the EPSB Division