KDE, UofL to host workshop for veterans training to become educators

Kentucky Department of Education

News Release

Media Contact: Jessica Fletcher

Chief Communications Officer

Office: (502) 564-2000, ext. 4611
Cell: (502) 229-1915



July 23, 2019

KDE, UofL to host workshop for veterans training to become educators

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) in partnership with the University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development, will be holding a Troops to Teachers workshop Tuesday, July 30, at the University of Louisville’s Belknap Academic Building.

Troops for Teachers is designed for former military members who want to become educators. It is one of eight options for people to earn a teacher certificate through a state-approved alternative program. The workshop will include information that will assist veteran’s transitions into the classroom.

At the June 17 meeting of the Education Professional Standards Board, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis declared raising awareness of teaching opportunities available to other professionals will be an important part of the work to combat “significant” teacher shortages in Kentucky. KDE will launch a digital campaign, called Go Teach KY, later this year.

“Part of our campaign is going to center around greater awareness of professionals, folks who have started in other professions, about what the possibilities are for them to get into teaching,” Lewis said. “I find often in talking to people they’re not aware of all of the routes that are available, and lots of times folks think that the routes are much more onerous than they really are.”

All workshop participants will earn six hours of professional development. While the workshop is not required, new teachers who have received certification or are pursing the alternative route through the option 5 (veterans) are encourage to attend. The event is free and lunch will be provided.

For more information on this alternative route to certification, please email Norma Andrade in the Division of Educator Licensure and Quality at KDE.