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State-Approved Alternative Teacher Certification Programs

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) continuously strives to assist school districts in their efforts to promote, recruit and retain a highly effective and diverse workforce. W.Va. Code §18A-3-1 (effective June 12, 2015) has created the opportunities below for school districts to recruit individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and meet the eligibility criteria to fill teacher vacancies in areas of critical need and shortage. Opportunities for participating in West Virginia’s former alternative certification program known as “the Transition to Teaching program” are no longer available.

Individuals who would like to participate in a state-approved alternative certification program must contact a school district that has an approved program for eligibility details and receive an offer of employment for a vacancy in an identified area of critical need and shortage. Candidates must also meet requirements to hold an Alternative Teaching Certificate (see the AC frequently asked questions document for state minimal eligibility criteria). Upon successful completion of a state-approved alternative certification program, applicants would be eligible to apply for an Initial Professional Teaching Certificate.

At this time, the following alternative certification programs are approved by the WVBE:

(Select a school district to access its homepage and contact information.)

General Education
Program Name WV School Districts
Alternative Certification Through Innovation Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Wayne
Clay County Alternative Certification ProgramClay
Kanawha's BESTKanawha
McDowell County School's Alternative Certification ProgramMcDowell
Raleigh County Schools Alternative Certification ProgramRaleigh
Region 4 Alternative Certification Program Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Webster,
Region 5 Alternative Certification Program Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, Wood
RESA 6 Alternative Certification Program Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Wetzel
Region 7 Alternative Certification Program Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur
iTeachWV-RESA8 Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton
Special Education
Program Name WV School Districts
Alternative Certification Through Innovation Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Wayne
Kanawha's BESTKanawha
Region 4 Alternative Certification Program Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Webster,
RESA 6 Alternative Certification Program Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Wetzel
Region 7 Alternative Certification Program Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur
iTeachWV-RESA8 Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton

The complete requirements of alternative certification are detailed within WVBE Policy 5901, Policy 5202 and West Virginia State Code §18A-3-1.

Candidates who have communicated with a school district for program details and have additional questions about the process of applying for an Alternative Teaching Certificate may contact Robert Mellace at rmellace@k12.wv.us.

Institutions of Higher Education with state-approved teacher certification programs, RESAs and school districts seeking information about alternative certification programs may contact Linda Bragg at lnbragg@k12.wv.us.