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Veterans-Educators' Symposium (VES)

In partnership with the University of Louisville, the Kentucky Department of Education Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness (OELE) is offering a one-day, FREE workshop for United States veterans who are newly certified as Teachers in Kentucky.



Skills Training – Gain skills that have been identified as essential in becoming a successful educator

Insight – Gain valuable insight from an experienced veteran who has been in the classroom

Networking – Take advantage of opportunities to network with other veterans new to teaching

Some Kentucky school districts like Jefferson County are awarding service members an additional 4 to 5 years of experience on their pay-grade through the VEST program

Some of the classes offered during the symposium include:

Preparing for your Classroom

Classroom Management

Instructional Strategies

Transition into Teaching

Student/Teacher Relationships

Trauma Informed Practices

Character Fitness

About VEST

Veteran Education Symposium for Teachers (VEST) is an initiative between the UofL VALLO program and the Kentucky Department of Education to improve teacher retention rates of veterans across the state. The UofL program supports this overarching goal by providing the military veteran with the necessary knowledge and skills focusing on pedagogy and curriculum. This program offers an alternative certification track for military veterans working as a fully licensed teacher in the Commonwealth of Kentucky while obtaining the necessary teacher dispositions that make these veterans successful. The VEST program is also seeking additional components such as a mentorship experience as additional guidance during the military veterans first few years in this new career.

To qualify, must:

  • Be a Veteran of the Armed forces who was honorably discharged from active duty or

  • Be a member of the Armed Services currently serving with six (6) years or more of honorable service; including Reserves, National Duty, or active duty.

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in either an academic content area OR a bachelor’s degree AND a passing praxis exam in an academic content area

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75

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