Adding an Alternative Route to Teacher Certification

Any program wishing to add an alternative route must complete an alternative route to certification proposal form and present it to the Board for approval. An alternative route to certification is a non-traditional teacher preparation program that operates as a partnership between a teacher preparation program and one or more school districts (read more about alternative route programs here).

To apply, submit an Alternative Route Proposal Form

PESB staff will work with you to ensure you have the information you need to develop your alternative route program.  The steps for submitting your proposal are as follows: A final draft of the form must be submitted to PESB staff at least 60 days in advance of the Board meeting at which the alternative route proposal will be considered (board meeting dates can be found here).  The 60 day deadline ensures ample time for review and feedback by staff before the form goes before the board. A program representative should prepare to attend the Board meeting prepared with a 15 minute presentation on the program design and answer Board member questions.  Staff will work with you as you prepare your materials and presentation for your final proposal.  

Please submit your proposal form to

Key Due Dates:   

Board Meetings              Final Draft Proposals Due        

Sept. 21-22, 2017                    July 21                                        

Nov. 21-22, 2017                     Sept. 15                                   

Jan. 11-12, 2018                     Nov. 10                                        

March 15-16, 2018                 Jan. 12