Applicants must meet qualifications at the time the application is approved. The applicant must:
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
- Hold at least a baccalaureate degree;
- Hold a teaching certificate and be employed on an Emergency or Probationary certificate; or, if enrolled in an alternative certification program hold a Temporary Provisional Certificate. A Substitute certificate or a classified teacher assistant are not acceptable for participation in this program;
- Not be certified in the special education or early childhood area in which applicant is currently teaching;
- Be enrolled in a approved state or private college or university in Kentucky that has state approved areas of certification;
- For special education certification the applicant must be employed in a Kentucky public school district as a full-time special education teacher in the area for which they are seeking certification while participating in the Traineeship Program;
- For IECE certification the applicant must be employed as a full-time preschool teacher during the school year in a Kentucky public school district or under contract or agreement with a Kentucky public school district to provide services for 3, 4, and 5 year-old children with disabilities (e.g. schools, Head Start and approved private contractors) while participating in the Traineeship program;
- For Director of Special Education (DOSE) individuals must actually be serving a district in the primary role of DOSE on a probationary or temporary provisional certificate; The Traineeship Program is unable to fund level changes for DoSE;
- Not be an employee of the Kentucky Department of Education; and
- Not be a recipient of another tuition scholarship or fellowship for tuition that exceeds the basic tuition rate for which a Division of Exceptional Learning Services Traineeship is awarded. Applicants must notify the Traineeship Program staff immediately if funding from another program, agency, or organization provides funding for courses approved for Traineeship Program funding.
New applicants are considered on the basis of (1) the availability of funds (2) local school district need (Part B of the application), and (3) the continuing need for special education teachers in Kentucky.
Funding Beyond the First Semester
To determine if you are eligible to apply for continued funding for the next semester, follow the guidelines listed below.
- Previously funded participants receive priority consideration provided all requirements for eligibility have been fulfilled.
- Participants who receive a grade below a “B” for any one course in the preparation sequence or who fail to submit grades will be ineligible for one semester.
- Participants who earn a second grade below a “B” or who fail to submit grades a second time are no longer eligible to receive Traineeship funding.
- Each semester you must complete, sign, and submit a new Part A. It is critical that your name be listed exactly the same as on previous applications. If your name, address, phone number, email or other information has changed and needs to be updated in your file, please attach a note indicating the changes.
- Submit a new curriculum/ program plan and obtain your advisor’s signature ONLY if you have changed universities, or made changes in your certification program.
- Applications must be emailed on or before the following dates for each semester: