Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification Get A Financial Shot in the Arm

Posted: June 28, 2007
Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) 21st Century Office of Professional Preparation has been selected to receive a 3.1 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will span over a period of five years and be used to recruit individuals to teach in high-need subject areas.  

“As the state Board of Education and the Department move forward with the 21st Century Learning initiative, it is paramount that our state recruits and retains teachers well versed in science, math, special education, English and foreign language,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine.  

The grant money will be used to recruit 30 individuals annually, for a total of 120 teachers. The project will serve participants that are mid-career professionals and recent college graduates with non-education degrees. These individuals will also be required to have subject matter expertise.  

The Board of Education has in place a policy that allows for alternative certification for teachers. Policy 5100 establishes guidelines for high education institutions to create pathways to the professional teaching certificate.  

“This grant helps us further support the Board goals of accessibility of alternative routes to certification, recruitment and retention of teachers and the preparation of highly-qualified teachers,” added Paine.  

The grant will provide the financing for activities such as distance learning, a mentoring experience, an online platform for candidate interaction with other participants, the development of an electronic portfolio, and financial incentives.  

To learn more about the WVDE’s 21st Century Learning initiative or alternative routes to teacher certification, please visit the WVDE website at http://wvde.state.wv.us or contact the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.

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