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Item #1: Winter 2015 - New WVLearns e-Learning for Educators Course
Office 365 for Personal Productivity and Classroom Instruction

Item #2: Early Childhood Course Registration

Pre-K and Kindergarten Teacher Assistants/aides may begin registering for the Fall 2014 early childhood courses on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 via the following website: https://wvde.state.wv.us/apps/oel-pd/.

Item #3: Alternative routes in special education:

General Requirements:
In order to enroll in an alternative route to certification for a general education endorsement (limited to the special education classroom), an individual must meet the following requirements:

  1. possess the minimum of a bachelor's degree, with a minimum overall 2.5 GPA from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  2. meet the proficiency scores on the Praxis I or qualify for an exemption
  3. complete a West Virginia State Police and FBI background check

Certified Special Education Teachers Who Need Content to Meet the Definition of Highly Qualified Special Education Teacher:

The West Virginia Department of Education has WVBE-approval to offer an alternative certification program for special education teachers to gain a content endorsement(s) in English and mathematics as well as biology, general science and/or social studies. The program results in the completion of an academic major (21 semester hours) of coursework in the appropriate content area. The 21 semester hours consist of 15 hours of content-specific coursework or equivalent professional development, three hours of content-specific methods, and three hours of reading in the specific content area.

Coursework or Equivalent Professional Development Required for Content Endorsements 
English 
  • English Composition 1 AND
  • English Composition 2 AND
  • English or World Literature 1 AND
  • English or World Literature 2 AND
  • Children OR Adolescent Literature AND
  • Content-Specific Methods AND
  • Reading in the Content
Mathematics 
  • General Mathematics AND
  • College Algebra AND
  • Geometry AND
  • Elementary Statistics AND
  • Computers/Mathematics AND
  • Content-Specific Methods AND
  • Reading in the Content

The WVLearns online professional development program provides professional development course bundles* to meet the following course requirements:

Bundle 1:  Child/Adolescent Literature

  • Making the Most of Adolescent Literature
  • Helping Struggling Readers Improve Comprehension
  • Reading and Writing in the Content Area

Bundle 2:  English Comp I

  • Strategies and Tools for Improving the Writing Process
  • Using Rubrics to Assess Student Learning-project emphasis upon the Writing Process
  • Teaching Writing in the Middle School Classroom

Bundle 3:  ELA Content Methods

  • 21st  Century Teaching and Learning in the Reading Language Arts Classroom
  • ELA-Literacy Common Core Content Standards with a Focus on Writing, Research and Presentation Standards
  • One of the following:
    • Intel Teach:  Assessment in the 21st Century Classroom
    • Intel Teach:  Collaboration in the Classroom
    • Intel Teach:  Thinking Critically with Data

Bundle 4:  Reading in the Content

  • Improving Reading and Writing in the Content Area
  • ELA-Literacy Common Core Content Standards with a Focus on Reading Standards
  • Promoting Reading Comprehension Skills in the Middle School Classroom

Bundle 5: English Comp 2

  • Using Technology to Enhance the Research Process--Course 1
  • Using Technology to Help Students Become Better Researchers---Course 2
  • Common Core ELA Writing Grades 6-12

Bundle 6:  General Math (3 of the following 4)

  • Using Real Data in the Math Classroom
  • Using Patterns to Develop Algebraic Thinking
  • Getting Ready for Algebra Using Virtual Manipulatives
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Mathematics Classroom—project emphasis on algebra

Bundle 7:  Geometry (3 of the 4)

  • Proportional Reasoning
  • Geometric Measurement
  • Math 1:  Geometry
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Mathematics Classroom—project emphasis on geometry

Bundle 8:  Math Content Methods

  • Exploring the Common Core Math Practices
  • Examining the Common Core Math Content Standards
  • One of the following:
    • Intel Teach:  Assessment in the 21st Century Classroom
    • Intel Teach:  Collaboration in the Classroom
    • Intel Teach:  Thinking Critically with Data

Bundle 9: College Algebra

  • College Algebra
  • Math 1 Functions
  • Common Core Math Content Grades 6-12 (Focus on College Algebra)


Bundle 10:  Elementary Statistics

  • Using Data in the Math Classroom (Focus on mathematics grades 6-12)
  • Math 1 Statistics
  • Common Core Math Practices Grades 6-12 (Focus on Elementary Statisitcs)


Bundle 11:  Physical Science

  • Inquiry in Science Using the Internet Based Data
  • Using Models to Teach about Force and Motion
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Science Classroom—project emphasis on physical science


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Each bundle requires the completion of three courses. Participants must attach their course Certificates of Completion with their Form 26 submission. College transcripts are not required.